CHANDIGARH INDEX

 





Get into the swim of things
If your busy schedule is keeping you from keeping pets like a dog or a rabbit at home, then try out fishes for a change. It takes only five minutes of your time to maintain an aquarium, says Gayatri Rajwade
Spotted and dappled, speckled and freckled, silver, gold, pink and purple—discover the joy of these placid (unless heckled!) creatures because what else needs so little care! Ever since the Sumerians began keeping fish more than 4,500 years ago, aquarium fish have taken on a near cult status as pets! With more than 108 million pet fish in the USA alone, they are a striking an alternative to the conventional pets, especially since tastes now run towards the more bizarre insects and arachnids like crickets, tarantulas, ants and bugs!

PAMMY’S BEAUTY TIPS
Walk through all ages
A
bout twenty years ago, it was strongly believed that you genetically inherit your complexion and skin type. But now we a know different reality. You might inherit your skin type and along with it the tendency to saddle bags, double chin, eye bags, the fine lines on your face and so on. There is nothing here that you can interfere with, but with proper skin care routine and with a few judiciously chosen creams and treatments, can certainly help you to make the very best of what you are born with–and keep to it. 

TECH TALK
Get Connected!

If you own multiple PCs at home, you have probably thought about how great it would be if your computers could talk to each other. All those people who own or hope to own more than one computer at home, welcome to the world of Home Networking. For the uninitiated, Networking is the practice of linking two or more computing devices together for the purpose of sharing data. Networks are built with a mix of computer hardware and softwares.
Photo: Vicky Garu

Bhatti at it again
Kulwinder Sangha
Jaspal Bhatti is doing what he is best at— comedy. The shooting for his forthcoming comedy serial ‘Nonsense Pvt Ltd.’ is going on full swing with canning of fake interviews, hilarious astrological predictions among other funny invention—the typical Bhatti style! Shooting for this 26-episode serial, conceived and directed by Bhatti himself, has begun at the Joke Factory. Produced by Jaspal Bhatti Productions in association with Palco Video, the serial is slated for release on March 15 on Doordarshan.

Wah! Kya jodi hai
Anandita Gupta
Forget ladylike giggles. Ask them how passionate their marriage is and it stirs up loud belly laughs. What’s so comical about their marriage? One wonders. However, as the chat moves on, we discover that the comedy does not spring from their relationship. Rather, a youthful, spirited wit bubbles out from their personalities.

Bassline redefined
Saurabh Malik
Floating out of high-wattage speakers, his music is all set to create ripples in the city. After the remarkable worldwide success of “Groove Control”, UK-based Shin G.C’s latest album “Bassline” — released in the city this afternoon — is expected to set the dance floors ablaze with a sole blend of desi and

The GURU
Acharya Balwinder Kumar teaches his disciples ways of developing a meditative personality,
says Devinder Bir Kaur
He belongs to Khanna in Ludhiana district. His is a small religious family influenced by the preachings of Guru Nanak Dev. “My parents motivated me towards dhyana yoga and naam yoga as preached by the Guru,” says Acharya Balwinder Kumar who has a large no of followers in the city.

MATKA CHOWK
Sounds of the night
Sreedhara Bhasin
M
Y mother, on her visits to our home in Austin, Texas, would often complain that her ears were ringing – so unyielding was the quiet all around. Her Calcutta ears were tuned to a deafening level of ambient noise and she found the silence disconcerting. Chandigarh, in comparison (to the Metros) is beautifully quiet.  After having visited my mother’s house in Calcutta for ages and having endured the early morning singing bhikharis, the late night sargam practice, the new-fangled municipal garbage truck with blaring sirens, the roar of the double deckers, the incessant honking of the taxi wallas and gangs of howling street hounds  – I embraced the tranquility of Chandigarh with much affection. 

IN CITY NOW
The Inheritance of Loss
By Kiran Desai
Kiran Desai’s first novel, ‘Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard’, was published to unanimous acclaim in over twenty-two countries. Now Desai takes us to the North-eastern Himalayas where a rising insurgency challenges the old way of life. 

The week AHEAD...
Drama
Theatre Fest — 2006
The five-day “Theatre Fest 2006’ dedicated to Padmabhushan Vijay Tendulkar started the playwright’s classic drama ‘Baby’ will present another four of his plays during the festival. The event is being organised by the Art and Act Academy and the plays are being directed by Rajender Sharma.

 

 






Get into the swim of things

If your busy schedule is keeping you from keeping pets like a dog or a rabbit at home, then try out fishes for a change. It takes only five minutes of your time to maintain an aquarium,
says Gayatri Rajwade

Spotted and dappled, speckled and freckled, silver, gold, pink and purple—discover the joy of these placid (unless heckled!) creatures because what else needs so little care!

Ever since the Sumerians began keeping fish more than 4,500 years ago, aquarium fish have taken on a near cult status as pets! With more than 108 million pet fish in the USA alone, they are a striking an alternative to the conventional pets, especially since tastes now run towards the more bizarre insects and arachnids like crickets, tarantulas, ants and bugs!

With life pitching in the fast lane, busy schedules often limit keeping pets at home. However, once your fish bowl or aquarium is set up, “spend only five minutes a day with them and no fish will die,” states Lalit Azad, city based aquarium specialist who is a printer by profession, an author, (‘Enjoy your Aquariums & Fish’) by choice and an aquarium builder and stockist of fish for the sheer love of it, “I have a collection unparalleled in the whole of India!”

First things first

Decide on where the aquarium will be set up. A convenient location not impeding movement, away from any drafts or windows in order to avoid direct sunlight (to prevent temperature fluctuations and the growth of algae) and sufficient access for the placement of equipment and maintenance. A nearby electrical source will be needed for filtration, lighting, a heater and pump. The floor should be level to support the full weight of the tank.

The first few weeks of a good aquarium are crucial to its success for it is a miniature living world. “The basic thing is water. The minimum size of an aquarium should be 3 feet by eighteen inches so that the water chemistry does not change every day and the correct water pressure is maintained,” avers Azad. So the bigger the better!

Fish generate ammonia and uric acid through their waste, which is bad for their health, so good filters and the best possible aeration is very important. Dissolved oxygen increases due to the aeration process and filtration catches solid bacteria.

It is vital to give the good bacteria time to grow in the tank. Your tank needs it to protect your fish from harmful waste. When a new tank is set up these bacteria exist in very small numbers (the few that happened to come with the water and gravel). They need to multiply till they can process the fish wastes. This is known as the ‘cycling process’ and only a few hardy fish at a time should be added.

However, Chandigarh’s aquarium purveyors balance these factors out for you before the tank comes home.

Selecting fish

The city’s heart beats for goldfish! Says Amitabh Sengupta, proprietor of ‘Fish Point’, Sector 46, “according to Vastu-Shastra and Feng Shui if you keep 9 goldfish (8 gold ones and 1 black) it is a symbol of prosperity and happiness.” (For Sengupta too, it was a hobby that developed into a full-time passion. “From the bottle to business” is how he refers to it for the first fish he bought was in a bottle!)

‘The Garden Store’ 8-B, Manager Ravi Lekhi points to the charming ‘Red Cap’ goldfish among other varieties that get lapped up. “Oranda, Black Moor, Golden Lion (types of goldfish), along with sharks and angelfish find a place on the wish-list.”

With prices ranging from Rs 10 a pair right up to Rs 10,000 to 12,000 for the more exotic variety, the sky is the limit depending on what swims through your heart!

Mollies (Rs 25 to 35), Swordtails (Rs 15 to 25), Guppies (Rs 10 to 15), Gaurami (Rs 25 to 35), Angelfish “especially the beautiful marble golden” ranges from Rs 40 to 600 a pair, Discus, (“queen of aquariums, for they are delicate, sensible and colourful” states Azad), range from Rs 600 to a whopping Rs 9,000 per pair. Not to be outdone, even the deadly Piranha finds takers at Rs 300 for a small pair to Rs 9,000 for the larger ones.

Last but not the least, how does one keep these ‘swimmers’ content? “Buy them in pairs so they are happier,” says Azad.

What is the most exotic request? Arowana, a Japanese silver hued fish, lucky from the Feng Shui point of view and going up to Rs 50,000 and still climbing!

The ‘outlay’

The most basic is a bowl with fish which can comes for as less as Rs 75 going up to approximately Rs 500 for two fishes.

However, the kit to get is a tank no less. For they make for a studier environment for the fish.

The smallest one is 1 ft x 1 ft with 4 mm thickness glass which comes equipped with filter, air pump, decorative toys, artificial plants and gravel (coloured, smooth pebbles too!) for approximately Rs 1,100 to Rs 1,500.

Taking care

Loving your fish means feeding them the right amount of food and changing the water monthly to when it looks cloudy to keep the tank clean. Yes, fish do get sick and may need attention. “I get calls at 1 am in the morning from little children who want remedies for their sick fish,” laughs Azad.

With studies indicating drop in blood pressure and stress levels by keeping fish, it all comes together for a healthier lifestyle. So here’s fishing for joy! 

PAMMY’S BEAUTY TIPS
Walk through all ages

About twenty years ago, it was strongly believed that you genetically inherit your complexion and skin type. But now we a know different reality. You might inherit your skin type and along with it the tendency to saddle bags, double chin, eye bags, the fine lines on your face and so on. There is nothing here that you can interfere with, but with proper skin care routine and with a few judiciously chosen creams and treatments, can certainly help you to make the very best of what you are born with–and keep to it. 

We are all born with clear and glowing skin, then the teenage years follow with evidence of hormonal activities showing on the skin. As we step out of adolescence, there follows the period when the skin looks healthy and youthful, with almost no effort.  Towards the late twenties the skin tends to become progressively drier as the level of sebum drops.

Your skin retains less moisture as it ages-so you need to pay close attention to what you feed your skin with and what you apply on it. Wear a sun-filtering day cream to protect and save your skin from the daily wear and tear brought by the sun rays. 

As you step towards thirties your complexion starts to lose its youthful bloom, an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) preparation could get the glow back on your face. Apply good moisturiser to plump up fine dry lines they can work wonders on your skin by making your complexion look fresher and brighter. A light exfoliation will help at this stage as more dead cells linger long after their useful life. You might want to try the wrinkle-smoothing powers of some of the retinoid (vitamin A derivative cream) preparations. 

In your forties and fifties you find that expression lines are permanently etched onto your face. This is the time if you have not been using  regular sunscreens, earlier sun damage really become visible. If it’s the natural ageing process for you ,you can still put it correct to some extent by using SPF 15 daily to slow the formation of wrinkles. 

Through all ages follow a good diet that will not only enhance the health of your skin but  natural food will also protect it against external factors such as pollution, air-conditioning, central heating, sunlight and cigarette smoke. food .

The main cause of premature skin ageing is overexposure to the sun, also known as photo ageing. To help protect your skin from sun damage, its important to use sunscreen with a high sun protection factor(SPF) at least 15 plus on your face.

Go for foods that contain antioxidants to fight free radical damage such as carrots, spinach etc. Maintain your moisture level internally by feeding your body with essential fatty acids found in nuts and seeds, sunflower oil and wheat germ.

Include these important vitamins and minerals in the growth and the maintenance of healthy skin , hair and nails. Vitamin C is most important for healthy skin, Vitamin E is known as a radical protector, Thiamine is one of the B Vitamins, Zinc is essential for normal epidermal growth, calcium helps epidermal cells mature and is the key mineral. Walk through all ages with healthy and glowing skin !

TECH TALK
Get Connected!

If you own multiple PCs at home, you have probably thought about how great it would be if your computers could talk to each other. All those people who own or hope to own more than one computer at home, welcome to the world of Home Networking. For the uninitiated, Networking is the practice of linking two or more computing devices together for the purpose of sharing data. Networks are built with a mix of computer hardware and softwares.

There are several reasons for the increasing popularity of Home LANs (Local Area Networks). A network lets you share files, share Internet access amongst other things, which not only makes it convenient but economical as well.

Why Home Networking?

There are many advantages of connecting your computers:

You can share the same Internet connection among all the computers at home

Share a single Printer between different computers.

You can access shared files like MP3’s, photographs, files, spreadsheets and documents from any computer in the house.

Take Cross Data Backup from one PC to the other

Play multi player online games from different computers

Creating Home Networks

There are a number of ways to install a network in your home. Let’s take a look at some of the best ways to go about it.

Wired vs. Wireless Networking

Wireless networks provide more mobility to a person in and around their home, and they make especially good sense for laptop networking. Networks with wires or cables, on the other hand, usually cost less than wireless, may perform faster and more reliably, and make good sense for desktop networking.

SOHO Networks

SOHO or Small Office/Home Office Local Area Networks are generally used to share files and other information as well as Internet connections. Although a wireless network is a good option for these requirements but a wired network is generally considered more efficient and secure. SOHO Networks work well for small businesses and home offices.

All home networks use a peer-to-peer architecture as opposed to the client/server model that’s used in corporate networks, which means that computers connect to each other directly without a server as an intermediary.

Ethernet Networking

E thernet was one of the first and most popular network technologies. The equipment needed for an Ethernet-based network can be as simple as two network interface cards (NICs) and a cable, or as complex as multiple routers, bridges and a central hub. Ethernet Kits are available now-a-days, which usually include a small 4-5 port hub, two NICs, cabling and software.

Hub

For networking more than two computers you’ll need a hub. These devices vary in size, speed and number of ports. Hubs have multiple ports from four to over 20 on a single device. For a home LAN, you’ll probably use a stand-alone hub with 4 to 12 ports. Stand-alone hubs can be linked together to expand your network.

Switches

Switches are devices that perform the same function as hubs but operate more efficiently. When you send data through a hub it’s forwarded to the entire LAN then read by the computer it’s intended for.

Network Interface Cards (NICs)

To link computers together in a network, each machine needs a NIC. Network Interface Cards come in multiple speeds: 10 Mbps, 100 Mbps and 10/100 Mbps.

Routers

Routers are physical devices that join multiple wired or wireless networks together. Both wired and wireless routers have the ability to filter traffic, either incoming or outgoing, based on the IP addresses of senders and receivers.

Phone Line Networks

If all your computers are located within easy distance of a phone line, then phone line network may be a good choice. Though this technology is called “wireless” it actually uses your home’s internal phone wiring to connect one computer to another.

Radio Wave Networks

While some wireless networks eliminate cable clutter by utilizing the phone or power lines already in your home, the true home wireless LAN (WLAN) uses low frequency radio waves to transmit data between computers.

From the various options between wired and wireless networking, you can go in for the one that best meets your requirements. Happy Networking!

Courtesy: Atul Gupta, CEO RedAlkemi.

Bhatti at it again
Kulwinder Sangha

Jaspal Bhatti is doing what he is best at— comedy. The shooting for his forthcoming comedy serial ‘Nonsense Pvt Ltd.’ is going on full swing with canning of fake interviews, hilarious astrological predictions among other funny invention—the typical Bhatti style!

Shooting for this 26-episode serial, conceived and directed by Bhatti himself, has begun at the Joke Factory.

Produced by Jaspal Bhatti Productions in association with Palco Video, the serial is slated for release on March 15 on Doordarshan.

It is going to be a treat for the DD viwers for Bhatti is back after a long gap of 10 years after he created a niche for himself through his ‘Ulta-Pulta’ and ‘Flop Show’ at the national level.

The caste includes Rajesh Puri, Delnaz Paul, Upasana Singh, Neelu Kohli, Rana Jung bahadur, Gopi bhalla, Savita Bhatti, Brijesh Ahuja, Vinod Sharma and Lally Gill.

Men are from Mars

I am living with my husband and a two-year-old daughter. We all seem a happy family on the surface but I find myself all the time pining for a career I never really had. I always wanted to be this famous writer but I have seen that each time I am sitting with my books, my husband will hang around, pass nasty remarks or plain and simple sulk. He behaves as if I am having an affair with my books. Instead of playing with our daughter to give me some time on my own, he also sends her to nag me. I thought most writers have very supportive husbands but it’s not so. How do I make him understand my passion for writing?

Seema, Chandigarh

Now, is there a woman who doesn’t think that her husband should be reflecting her? Who doesn’t crave the ideal partner in life? We all say that why do men find it so hard to deal with their wives’ mental addictions. They constantly throw their wives T.V. watching habits or reading habits to their face, while they feel they can merrily watch a game of cricket and get away with it. Well, that is men, give them the luxury of being different from the female species. After all, men are from Mars and women are from Venus .I do sense your resentment about lack of intellectual stimulation in the relationship but try doing your reading and writing while he is away at work. Plenty of writers who are successful at their work have partners with different interests. Changing a partner is never the perfect answer to a seemingly bad situation. Negotiate with yourself. Keep a fixed amount of time for your reading and writing and give him space to do as he pleases with his interests. Join a book club; get your intellectual brain teasing elsewhere. You will be a lot more happier.

I am forty-five years old and still trying to get a hold on my life and the world around me. I still have the proverbial questions, who am I? Where am I going in life and what is it that I really want? My current crisis in fact is that I have recently given up my job and life seems to be completely at a loose end. May be that is why I have this “ What is life all about”. But now suddenly I am faced with a vacuum. I am looking for more meaning now, a more organised frame of mind and a very oriented life. How can I get there please?

Avanti Bhargav, Ambala

Yours is a dilemma faced by many women who reach that age in life. All our lives we are playing roles first of a good daughter then as a good friend . Then a good wife and then a good mother, somewhere down the line your own identity has been completely lost in the roles that you were playing. Even in your work situation perhaps it kept you away from questioning your own inner needs. Now that you have more time on your hands you are perhaps more aware of what you want. Well let me tell you, life is not a neat parcel of comfortable experiences. It’s more of a roller coaster ride. Just learn to enjoy it as it comes with a positive attitude. Of course make your plans your way but to truly enjoy life, move on to the grown up thrills. You are looking for a change in life. Just allow life to flow along freely, that itself is an experience to relish. 

I’m a 37-year-old married man who has put himself in a fix on Valentines day. My wife and I have been together for more than five years and have had a singularly happy relationship, she’s not much of a Valentine day person but this year I just decided to send flowers to all the girls in the office staff as a mark of celebrating the day. They all looked so happy and thanked me but ever since my wife found out about it, she is very upset. I told her it was just a friendly gesture but she thinks that I am probably having an affair. How do I set this situation right now?

Avtar Dhillon, Mohali

Well, you dear eccentric fellow, why were you thinking of making silly sweet gestures like this one on Valentines day. Better set the matter right as soon as possible. I’m sure your wife could have also enjoyed a similar surprise on that day. It is hurtful for a girl to know that her husband is sending flowers to all other women on Valentine’s except for his wife. Why do people take each other for granted after a few years of marriage ? Small gestures of love and care are very important to make a relationship thrive. Everyone wants to be reminded time and again that they are loved and cared for. Relationships go sour not because of affairs but because of carelessness on the part of the partner. So go and send your wife the hugest bouquet of flowers and make up for your mistake by pampering her like never before.

Wah! Kya jodi hai
Anandita Gupta

CHIRPY TWOSOME: The vivacious Archana Puran Singh and and hubby Parmeet Sethi shake a leg together in a dance competition
CHIRPY TWOSOME: The vivacious Archana Puran Singh and and hubby Parmeet Sethi shake a leg together in a dance competition.

Forget ladylike giggles. Ask them how passionate their marriage is and it stirs up loud belly laughs. What’s so comical about their marriage? One wonders. However, as the chat moves on, we discover that the comedy does not spring from their relationship. Rather, a youthful, spirited wit bubbles out from their personalities.

Meet Archana Puran Singh—an exuberant actress whose racy style is almost heart stopping. And her husband Parmeet Sethi— A Punjab da Puttar whose got the zing, and yes, that boyish charm to get you cracking. And together they are, thanks to their marriage of 14 years, sharing laughter, luck and of course love. But what renders their marriage interesting is that though there’s no romance brimming, there are lots of light moments. Here are a few of them we peeped into—

How would you describe yourself as a couple?

Parmeet—Boring (Parmeet snaps back laughing).

Archana— We are the best of friends, very relaxed and cool with each other. We are more like friends than passionate pati patni.

What do you like about each other?

Parmeet—Well, lots of things (they chorus). But there’s one thing about her that irritates me like hell. She over instructs a person. Whenever, she asks me to do something for her, she bores me to death explaining the details(he winks at Archana).

Archana—And by the time I finish instructing him, he’s forgotten everything (laughs loudly)

One thing about Archana that people don’t know?

Parmeet—Archana’s never stepped into the kitchen. When we got married, there’s a ceremony where the new bride cooks something for the family. It was I who did it instead of her!

Archana—He’s a hard core romantic. He knows how to pamper his woman and celebrates every little occasion with awesome flowers.

Chandigarh for you?

Parmeet—A beautiful city with lots of youthful, beautiful people.

Archana—I love its lush green grounds and the Golf club.

Genres you love doing?

Parmeet—Comedy. It’s a genre that gives you longer innings to play. Actors come and go but comedians are always remembered by viewers. My character Raj in ‘Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahin’ was really appreciated and presently I’m working in a detective serial Don, where my character exuberates a subtle endearing comedy.

Archana—Acting has always been a passion with me. I also enjoyed the numerous comic roles I did. But anchoring is the best platform for bringing out my spontaneity and ability to talk, talk and talk.(laughs)

Well, both of them believe in living life to the fullest and laughing away all tensions. No wonder, they win hands down for choosing each other.

Bassline redefined
Saurabh Malik

Floating out of high-wattage speakers, his music is all set to create ripples in the city.

After the remarkable worldwide success of “Groove Control”, UK-based Shin G.C’s latest album “Bassline” — released in the city this afternoon — is expected to set the dance floors ablaze with a sole blend of desi and western music.

Just in case you do not remember Shin, he is the music director-cum-composer who has been performing at concerts and even melas all over the world. A known disc jockey, he has been broadcasting his abilities regularly on the radio. But his flair does not end here. He uses his exceptional knowledge about Indian music and culture to combine the talents of composers, musicians, lyricists and producers.

In Bassline, you will hear J-Deep, Amar Arshi, Satmann, Mangi Mahal and many more voices that sync with the music to give you that soul-stirring feeling. In all, there are eight romantic and dance tracks in the album released by Tegson Entertainment.

Agreed, one or two tracks in Baseline are a bit lame, but you have to listen to some of the other numbers to believe how good the stuff is. Shin himself says some of the songs weave a web of melody. Nikki nikki gal is one such song.

Another track that will touch your emotional cords is Pind di sanj by Mangi Mahal. If you wish to cut foot loose to the thumping beats of reverberating music, the album has highly energetic number Giddhe vich just for you.

The GURU

Acharya Balwinder Kumar teaches his disciples ways of developing a meditative personality, says Devinder Bir Kaur

He belongs to Khanna in Ludhiana district. His is a small religious family influenced by the preachings of Guru Nanak Dev. “My parents motivated me towards dhyana yoga and naam yoga as preached by the Guru,” says Acharya Balwinder Kumar who has a large no of followers in the city.

The first step

In my school days, I had a weak body and often suffered from fever, cold, cough, headache etc. Just at about that time Swami Dhirendra Brahmachari’s programme on yoga was being telecast on Doordarshan. It motivated me towards the physical form of yoga. It gave me physical, mental, emotional and spiritual sense of well-being.

I did B.Ed. in yoga education from the Government Yoga Health Organisation, Sector 23, Chandigarh, in 1986. Later, I also did M.Ed with yoga option from Panjab University, Chandigarh.

Career wise

I was selected as yoga demonstrator at Shree Dhanwantry Ayurvedic College, Sector 46, Chandigarh, in 1986 at the age of 21. But I started taking yoga classes formally at the college from January 1989.

My approach

A body is a complete unit. All cells, tissues, muscles and organs of the body are interconnected. Thus all physical discomforts are related with the whole body though the main disease manifests itself within a weaker part of the body. I have included some essential exercises, kriyas, asanas, pranayamas and meditation in yoga fitness module. I also motivate the practitioners to adopt yogic behaviour and vision towards life. For beginners, I recommend only safe mode of yoga practices, but the ultimate approach is to develop a meditative personality within the practitioner.

Source of inspiration

I consider Guru Nanak to be my spiritual master. However, I met my living master in July, 1997, when I was returning from my visit to the Himalayas. There is a beautiful sadhna ashram on the bank of the Yamuna in Dehra Dun district (Uttaranchal), 15 km from Vikasnagar. I was blessed there by Swami Chander Parkashji.

Yoga camps, programmes held

In the 25 years of my yogic life, I have organised about 50 yoga camps in different cities. I have also conducted many yoga therapy programmes for the management of stress-related problems and fitness programmes in association with the HRD Departments of different institutions.

Other contributions

In addition to providing yoga training programmes to the general public, I am also on the panel of several university as an examiner, paper setter and member of the board of study for yoga.

Co-activities

I also share my yoga experiences with many universities and yoga centres to design syllabi, yoga modules and courses etc. Students also keep in touch with me for further guidance in yoga. I also provide free yoga consultation to people through my e-mail: meditation15@hotmail.com.

Future plans

I wish to design a yoga module, which can be easily practised by people at their workplace also. I am also designing some yoga modules for different institutions to enhance the potentiality and performances of their staff. I would like to set up a yoga ashram outside the city where meditation will be the main culture. 

MATKA CHOWK
Sounds of the night
Sreedhara Bhasin

MY mother, on her visits to our home in Austin, Texas, would often complain that her ears were ringing – so unyielding was the quiet all around. Her Calcutta ears were tuned to a deafening level of ambient noise and she found the silence disconcerting. Chandigarh, in comparison (to the Metros) is beautifully quiet.  After having visited my mother’s house in Calcutta for ages and having endured the early morning singing bhikharis, the late night sargam practice, the new-fangled municipal garbage truck with blaring sirens, the roar of the double deckers, the incessant honking of the taxi wallas and gangs of howling street hounds  – I embraced the tranquility of Chandigarh with much affection.  

However, my quiet ears, after years of listening to the sound of silence and peace and maybe some night owls, now started hearing new sounds of the night. The first October I spent here, I sat upright on my bed one night – for I heard loud screams over a distant amplifier followed by raucous music. I was duly enlightened about Ramleela and Jagaran. Next few nights, I actually listened with my temper rising for it kept me up at nights, till one night I found myself drifting off to sleep to the tune of Ravana being slaughtered. Some nights, when I could not sleep, I heard sounds from my childhood –  confused crows cawing on a moonlit night, neigbourhood chaukidar thumping his danda on the nocturnal watch, cats fighting fiercely, newborns protesting their entry into this world by relentless crying and lone cycle walla singing his heart out on an empty street. Then came Diwali and we heard the firecrackers all night long. We could also tell when India won the cricket match by the same sounds of explosion. Then came the wedding season – we heard ‘Kajrare’ twenty-four times, even when we had no desire to do so.

Besides, festivities, we also heard flashes of the world outside – calling bells at late hours, followed by parental admonishing and runaway dogs being chased by their respective dog-walkers. We heard the restless birds, the resident pigeons and of course, Amitabh Bachhan on KBC wafting out from windows of adjacent houses. 

This is a whole new world that has unfolded before my closed eyes. I think, I have graduated from the sound of silence to the sounds of the night.

IN CITY NOW
The Inheritance of Loss
By Kiran Desai

Kiran Desai’s first novel, ‘Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard’, was published to unanimous acclaim in over twenty-two countries. Now Desai takes us to the North-eastern Himalayas where a rising insurgency challenges the old way of life. In a crumbling, isolated house at the foot of Mount Kanchenjunga lives an embittered old judge who wants to retire in peace when his orphaned granddaughter Sai arrives on his doorstep. The judge’s chatty cook watches over her, but his thoughts are mostly with his son, Biju, hop scotching from one New York restaurant job to another, trying to stay a step ahead of the INS, forced to consider his country’s place in the world. When a Nepalese insurgency in the mountains threatens Sai’s new-sprung romance with her handsome Nepali tutor and causes their lives to descend into chaos, they, too, are forced to confront their colliding interests.

A novel of depth and emotion, Desai’s second, long-awaited novel fulfils the grand promise established by her first.

Seven Ancient Wonders
By Matthew Reilly

It is the biggest treasure hunt in history with contesting nations involved in a headlong race to locate the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. About 4,500 years ago, a magnificent golden capstone sat at the peak of the Great Pyramid of Giza. It was a source of immense power, reputedly capable of bestowing upon its holder absolute global power. Everyone wants it - from the most powerful countries on Earth to gangs of terrorists...and one daring coalition of eight small nations. Led by the mysterious Captain Jack West Jr, this determined group enters a global battlefield filled with booby-trapped mines, crocodile-infested swamps, evil forces and an adventure beyond imagining

Impossible
By Danielle Steel

When two hopelessly mismatched people share a love for art, a passion for each other and a city like Paris, nothing is truly impossible...or is it? Sasha is a traditionalist - now widowed, she knows she was married to the most wonderful man in the world. Liam is an artist, half-in and half-out of a marriage that his own impossibly impulsive behaviour has helped tear apart. So while the two are utterly unalike, the miracle of art brings them together. Then, a family tragedy suddenly alters Liam’s life, forcing a choice and a sacrifice that neither one of them could have expected. Giving up now might just be the most impossible thing of all.

A New Earth
by Eckhart Tolle

Eckhart Tolle’s first full-length book in eight years will be a cornerstone for personal spirituality and self-improvement for years to come. Taking off from the introspective work he began with The Power of Now, the number one bestseller that has sold millions of copies worldwide, Tolle provides the spiritual framework for people to move beyond themselves in order to make this world a better, more spiritually evolved place to live. Shattering modern ideas of ego and entitlement, self and society, Tolle lifts the veil of fear that has hung over humanity during this new millennium and shines an illuminating light that leads to happiness and health that every reader can follow.

Over Achievement
By John Eliot

Relax. Set goals. Focus on the outcome. Lose yourself to the zone. All reasonable, sensible, rational words of advice when you are facing a performance challenge, be it a big presentation at work, a crucial point in the game, or a career-launching music recital.

And all utterly, hopelessly, wrong.

According to John Eliot, Ph.D., “Such self-improvement balderdash will do nothing but relegate you to a career in mediocrity. Overachievers don’t think reasonably, sensibly or rationally. If your wish in life is to fit in with the crowd, then this is not the book for you.”

In Overachievement, Dr Eliot offers the rest of us the counterintuitive and unconventional concepts that have been embraced by the Olympic athletes, business moguls, top surgeons, salesmen, financial experts and rock stars who have turned to him for performance enhancement advice.

The week AHEAD...
Drama

Theatre Fest — 2006

The five-day “Theatre Fest 2006’ dedicated to Padmabhushan Vijay Tendulkar started the playwright’s classic drama ‘Baby’ will present another four of his plays during the festival. The event is being organised by the Art and Act Academy and the plays are being directed by Rajender Sharma.

‘Kanyadan’ on February 20

Inspired by the socialistic ideology of her parents, the protagonist marries a drug addict from a downtrodden stratum with a resolve to civilize him. The struggle of an ideal Indian woman to resurrect the life of her husband and maintain harmony in the family had been ably illustrated.

‘Chief Minister’ on February 21

A powerful satire on political system by Vijay Tendulkar is pertinently relevant in the life of a politician. Surviving on the kidney donated by a care free and poor friend the protagonist rises to the position of a Chief Minister of a state. With a view to oblige his poor friend for his benevolence the Chief Minister repeatedly makes many lucrative offers to him but he takes a vow from him. However, later he asks the Chief minister to return his kidney as per the promise, which perturbs the politician with a gloom and tension. A sudden reprieve rejuvenates him as he learns that the demand for return of kidney was made in a dream only.

‘Jaat Hi Poochho Sadhu Ki’ February 22

A satirical play juxtaposes the chinks in the education system, controlled and influenced by the affluent feudal lords reducing the most respected status of a teacher to shambles. Rajender Sharma plays the protagonist besides directing the play.

’Panchhi Aise Aate Hain’ on February 23

The festival concludes with the staging of Tendulkar’s play ‘Panchhi aise aate hain…’ under the direction of Rajender Sharma. The play is a synthesis of the psychology of an ugly looking girl, suffering from an inferiority complex, whose matrimonial proposals are frequently rejected. A young man emerging from nowhere gives her counseling and instills confidence in her. Her marriage proposals mature but she prefers to marry the very young man who declines the offer. Sometimes later as he visits her he is surprised to see her children bearing his name besides that of their father.

Venue: Tagore Theatre, Sector 18

Time: 6.30 pm

The composite invitation cards for Free Entry are available at the Tagore Theatre.

Exhibition

Painting on Nature: ‘Vista’ —an exhibition of oil painting by amateur artist Renu Aggarwal will be inaugurated by Aditya Prakash, Chairman of Chandigargh Lalit Kala Academy. Inspired by nature, Renu has captured her observations in 18 of her paintings.According to the artist, ‘Vista’ is a menifestation of the feelings that nature evokes in her.

Date: February 18 to February 28

Venue: Indusind Art Gallery, Sector 8

Time: 11 am to 6 pm

Paintings on Shiva: Keeping the tradition of paining Lord Shiva on the occasion of Shivaratri, well- known artist Ravinder Kumar Sharma, is once again going to put up a solo exhibition of paintings on that day. Capturing the different moods of Shiva, Sharma has come up with about 20 paintings in mixed media.

Date: Opens on February 26

Venue: Art Folio, Sector 9

Time: 11 am to 7 pm

Variety Show

A cultural programme is being organised by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations in collaboration with the Pracheen Kala Kendra and the Office of the Dean of Foreign Students to celebrate Foreign Students Day.

Date: February 19

Venue: The University Auditorium, Panjab University

Time: 7 pm

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