By: Nazia Jafri and Kunal Majumder
Photograph: Jaishree

The road from Escort Heart Institute towards Maharani Bagh may not be as smooth as Hema Malini’s cheeks (simile courtesy Lalu Prasad), but it is drivable. Except when you hit the stretch near the Bharat Nagar Gurudwara, New Friends Colony. The place looks, feels, and smells like an open shallow drain. This used to be a road.

Some years back Delhi Jal Board dug the road here to repair a bust sewer. Till date, neither the sewerage nor the road has been repaired.

Vinod Kumar, who owns a grocery shop in the area, claims that due to the unhygienic conditions, customers avoid coming to his shop. “The sewer line is chocked and dirty water is all around,” Kumar says.

Ashok Kumar, a bank officer, lives in the residential area nearby. “It’s been years now. No one in the government seems to bother about the situation,” he laments. Approach the government officials with the list of complaints and the blame game starts.

“We are working on the conditions of the roads but it is not our responsibility. The onus lies with the traffic police. Most of the roads are repaired but some parts are left as Delhi Jal Board has been digging them. Anyone who digs the roads is responsible for repairing them,” claims Dharamveer Singh, the local Corporator at Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD).

When this correspondent approached the local MLA Pervez Hashmi’s office, the MLA’s secretary, Mahavir Singh explained that the matter is caught in the tussle between Delhi Jal Board, MCD and Traffic Police. “Traffic Police has not given the permission to repair the road. Last week in a meeting with traffic police, the Additional Commissioner of Traffic Police Radheshyam has said that they will give a no objection certificate within a week”.

When contacted, ACP Traffic Police Radheshyam refused to comment.

Main players

Construction department of MCD has prepared an estimate of Rs 20 lakh for rebuilding the road. However Delhi Jal Board is not willing to part with that amount.

“We are waiting for the permission from traffic police which we will get soon. By next week we might start working on it. But the problem is that even MCD is asking for Rs 20 lakh for mending the road. The total cost of repairing can not be Rs 20 lakhs. How can we pay so much?” says Devesh Chandra Shreevastav, associate engineer, Delhi Jal Board.

MCD counters this claim. “The road can not be repaired as the entire sewer line has been chocked. Around 140-160 meter sewer line needs to be changed but Delhi Jal Board is not doing anything,” retorts Wajid Ali, junior engineer of construction department, MCD.

Ali says MCD is willing to cooperate with Jal Board. He adds, “Though the traffic police are not giving the permit to close the road for construction, we are ready to cooperate on our own risk. Why don’t they do the work at night?”

When asked about the cost involved, he said, “Delhi Jal Board is not paying us the money to repair it. If they think Rs 20 lakh is more, they should come up with an audited estimate.”

Once the police permission is given next week, all eyes will be on MCD, Delhi Jal Board and the stretch of ‘road’ near the Bharat Nagar Gurudwara.

Cost“ly” Coffee

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Gaurav Kumar & Sumiran Preet Kaur
Photo: Jaishree
So you had a good time digging on the tempting brownie at Barista .Well if you had it at Khan Market, here’s a mild shock for your pocket. Rates at various Barista outlets vary. The reason is not just the difference of coffee beans, but area in which you are sipping the coffee. The ‘MR Fudgee Brownie’ is available at a price of Rs 49 in Connaught Place Barista. The same brownie costs you 65 rupees plus taxes in Khan Market Barista.

It’s not just the brownie; prices of all the items vary. Espresso Italiano starts at Rs 38 at Connaught Place while at Khan Market it is Rs 70, almost double the price. At Green Park Barista the Espresso Italiano is for Rs43. “I am addicted to drinking coffee. We usually go to Barista at CP every weekend. So I am quite familiar with the prices. But I was astonished to see that same items were available at higher prices in Khan market Barista outlet,” recalls Namrata Roy, a sales executive with VLCC(Vandana Luthra Curls and Curves).

Kumar Saurabh, Marketing Manager of Barista Coffee house, Northern Delhi says that the price variation is due to the fact that all Barista outlets have been divided into three categories. “The first is the Espresso Bar, generally for students and first jobbers, like one at Safdarjung Enclave. Next Is Espresso Bar Plus meant for target customers like professionals, management students, for example the ones in Connaught place and Vasant Vihar. The third is Barista Crème in South Ex and Khan Market for businessmen where people have corporate deals.” But why the price variation? “The price variation is of only of 4%-5% .At Barista Creme we use special coffee beans and all items ordered are prepared in front of the customer only. In other outlets the sandwiches and other eatables are pre-packed. There is a difference of quality.” On being asked why isn’t there any mention of the quality difference and categories in the menu or different outlet names, he says “We will look into the matter. We take this as a feedback,”

And it’s just not the Barista. McDonalds take away counter at Shivaji Stadium, Connaught Place sells a fountain Coke for Rs 9. On condition of anonymity the employee at the counter said that the quantity that is sold at this price is half of the quantity sold at the standard price inside McDonalds.

For a Delhi based lawyer Dr Manjula Batra this is an unfair trade practice. “Price variation between the outlets is a complete discrimination. It is a market driven policy and cheating the consumers. Even if it is a legal practice, the onus of informing people about this difference lies with the company.” Many agree to the fact that a reputed company should always inform the customers. According to Sharon Arora, an MBA student , “I often have a cup of coffee at these joints. I was never aware of this change in prices according to the area. They should inform. We expect such a sense of responsibility from a brand”

But for some price hardly matters. For Sourav Mandal, a law student, such coffee joints are the “it” places. “Where else do you get coffees like these? The crowd is good. So is the food. Many foreigners prefer to go to such places. Youngsters also like the ambience. We can play the guitar, play scrabble and chill out. Many choose to go to such places for their dates.” Truly said, “ a lot can happen over a cup of coffee”. However, this coffee comes for a good price depending upon the location.

With the changing times, the meaning of music has changed. Folk songs are dying in the present hip hop culture. Folk songs are the integral part of the Indian culture, but still its loosing its charm. Kumar Anand revisits the magic of Folk songs…

By Kinga Dema and Neha Sethi

You think someone wearing a full-sleeved shirt in this humid weather is bonkers? It might not be the latest fad but it is certainly a preventive measure. It is what the doctors are advising if you want to stay away from dengue. Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) and other concerned agencies claim that preventive measures have been taken to fight dengue. But since the outbreak of dengue fever since this June, the cases are still increasing.

V K Monga, Chairman, Health Committee, Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) says, “Till yesterday, 208 cases have been reported from Delhi for the year 2008.” He said the total number of cases reported last year was 548. He also added that the total number of cases is expected to be more than those of last year.

“The increase in the number of cases can be attributed to early monsoon and increase in the volume of monsoons this year. There is more humidity and also the temperature has not been very high this year,” he said.

While the agencies are busy bracing the outbreak with various measures, there seems to be a blockade on the way with the workers for the Domestic Breeding Catchers (DBC) going on strike.

This is being cited as another reason for a surge in dengue cases, points out Monga. “This problem will be solved shortly. They are demanding a regular government job, which is not possible. They are hired on a contractual basis. They are taking advantage of the situation because they know that this is the peak season for them.”
Monga claims that the MCD is ready to deal with the dengue cases. “I have visited one or two hospitals and seen the provisions. The supply of platelets and medicines is enough. There will not be any problem.”

Dr R N Singh, Chief Medical Officer, Malaria, New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) claims that special beds have been earmarked for dengue patients in hospitals like AIIMS, Safdarjung, RML, Lady Harding and other hospitals which come under NDMC supervision.
So how harmful is dengue for you? Dengue is a viral disease which is transmitted to humans by the bite of Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes. The severe form of dengue is called dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF). It can lead to a more critical stage called the dengue shock syndrome. It could result in death if not managed in time.

Dr Prena Chhetri, a resident doctor at Indraprasthra Apollo Hospital, says, “Unlike the nocturnal malaria-transmitting mosquito, the dengue mosquito bites during the day and breeds in clean water.” It also bites several times at a stretch without rest, which means ‘a single mosquito carrying the dengue virus could infect more people in a shorter time’.

But the good news is that Dr Chhetri says it is not difficult to keep yourself safe. “The safest option is to wear full-sleeved clothes and make sure that no stagnant water is there near your surroundings. The dengue scare is bigger than the actual diseases every year so don’t be paranoid, just take precautions.”
So this season, do your best to be free from the grip of dengue!

Women today are capable of doing everything, then why not auto driving? Meet Sunita Chaudhary, the first women auto driver in Delhi, who loves her profession and wants to be an auto driver in her next life also. Aqsa Anjum traced some important aspect of her life...

By Kinley Tshering


Twenty year old, scruffy looking Nikhil, his hair tied into a pony tail scurries with plates of shawarma at the Al-bake restaurant at the Community Center in New Friends Colony. Speaking fluent Hindi as he takes the orders, at a glance, he looks like any other waiter. A closer look however confirms that he is not an Indian.

Leaving back his ailing father at home, Nikhil immigrated from Nepal in search of employment in 2006. Having landed a job at the restaurant, he has been working as a waiter since then.

Nikhil is not the only Nepali working at the restaurant. There are more than 12 others from across rural Nepal who work at the restaurant. There are still many other Nepalis who work in the various restaurants and eateries at the Community Center.

“We employ those boys who are good at work. I pay them salaries according to their work. The more skilled they are, more they are paid,” says Sonu Aggarwal, owner of Brijwasi restaurant. “For those who are not skilled, we train them with a minimal salary. When they become skilled, we increase their salaries.”

Most of these Nepali waiters have one thing in common to say: that they came to Delhi for want of employment opportunities back at home. And most of them come from poor backgrounds and have little or no education at all. The grim scenario at home has pushed these young men to look for greener pastures beyond the boundaries.

Dev Raj, 18, from Solokhombo village in Nepal, traveled to Delhi 15 months back looking for a job and a livelihood. Today he works at the Brijwasi restaurant at the community center. He earns a salary of Rs 2,200 a month. The restaurant he works at also employs about 20 other Nepalis.

The porous border shared by India and Nepal, lax immigration rules and a lack of VISA regime between the two countries also makes things easier for them.

Kamal Thapa, another waiter at the Al-bake, says that they just pack their bags, board a train and travel to Delhi. “That is as easy as that,” he adds.

Once in Delhi, through acquaintances, relatives and friends, they hunt for work. To curtail their expenses, most of the Nepali workers put up together in the same house. “We eat from the restaurant and share our rents. This way we are able to save some money from our meager salary,” Dev Raj says.

Nepalis are not just working for others. There are quite a few of them who run their own small businesses as well. And that is exactly what Sher Singh Lama, 30, from Dhaling village in Nepal, has been doing for the past 8 years.

“I used to work as a domestic help for more than 6 years. My employer had promised to send me to London to work for one of their cousin’s house but he did not keep his promise,” he narrates. “After that I started this momo business with two of my friends.” He earns a daily profit of about Rs1, 500-2,000 a day.

Lama lives at Lajpat Nagar along with more than 50 other Nepalis in a building, fully occupied by them. All of them are into momo business and go as far as Khan Market and Nehru place, to sell momos.

Be it working as waiters or selling momos on the streets, the Nepali immigrants have a reason to be glad. “It is better to be here, working and earning rather than being at home jobless,” says Kamal Thapa.

Caught in deep waters

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Eklavya Kumar of the Megh Pyne Abhiyan discuss flood situation in Bihar at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

As the Government officials and agencies discuss the flood situation in Bihar, experts and organizations working in flood affected north Bihar area blame the Government’s flood control policies for the state’s nightmare. Dipu Shaw reports…

Dr. Dinesh Mishra, fellow at People’s Science Institute (PSI) recently released his book on floods in Bihar titled “Trapped Between the Devil and the Deep waters”. The “devil” of course refers to the corrupt Government officials who “gain from the almost regular Bihar floods”.

This time the Kosi River nicknamed as the “sorrow of Bihar” has devastated the state as never before. More than two million people in 14 districts of Bihar have been affected by the Kosi floods. The central government has sanctioned Rs 1000 crore for rescue and relief operations declaring it a national calamity. The National Disaster Management Authority has also been pressed into action in the state. It was reported by the Government that most of the marooned persons have been rescued and shifted to safer locations. Reports from the flood ravaged area, however, point to the contrary.

Kavindra Kumar Pandey of the Megh Pyne Abhiyan, which works with the flood-affected in north Bihar, was recently in the flood ravaged area. He contends “There is rampant looting and molestation by anti social groups. The relief camps and food material is also insufficient”.

Even the flood management policy of the government has received some serious criticism.

“It is a totally man made flood”, says Himanshu Thakar, Delhi coordinator of South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers & People. “The Kosi has breached for the eighth time, no doubt that the floods could have been avoided”.

Dr N.C. Saxena, former Secretary of the Planning Commission of India is critical of the Government, both at the center as well as in the state of Bihar. He points out how there is no provision of a third party monitoring of the state expenditure. “When World Banks provide money, teams from Washington can come to monitor and survey the expenditure and its use, but for the government’s money, no one can know where it goes”, he says. “It is not the lack of funds that is affecting relief operations in Bihar. It is its improper application.”

Experts observe that it does not pay to tamper with the flow of a river that carries a heavy sediment load. And River Kosi carries a lot of silt with it. Dr. Mishra gives the example of the Hwang Ho River which has 18 embankments on it. “After breaching for the ninth time, the river did not return to its original course. Then, they built embankments on the new course”, he mentions. “When a heavily silt laden river is embanked, the sediment gets trapped within the embankments lifting the bed level and necessitating the raising of the embankments. There is a practical limit to which the embankments can be raised and maintained.”

The PSI fellow who is considered an expert on Bihar floods also suspects many more deaths in the Kosi floods than officially reported. “The dead bodies must be covered under the heavy silt and many would be carried away by the river. No one will come to know about them as the bodies will not be found”, he says.

Dr. Mishra recommends a combined effort to tame floods in Bihar. “The layman who lives on the riverbed, the engineer who works with contours and maps in his office and the politician who takes decision need to come together to save Bihar from the devastation”, he suggests.

Urban culture’s peeping Tom

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From Bollywood to Hindu mythology and Islamic symbolism, the streets of Delhi are flooded with posters of Salman Khan, yesteryear’s beauty queen Madhubala, Mecca-Medina and Hindu pantheon of gods। Tasveer Ghar or House of pictures is working at collecting these posters to study the popular culture transcending boundaries।

Tasveer Ghar started out as an initiative in 2006 as a transnational home for collecting, digitizing and documenting various materials churned out by south Asia’s colourful and pluralistic visual medium. It will accord itself as a digital network of south Asian visual popular culture comprising of posters, calendar art, pilgrim maps, cinema hoardings and other forms of street and bazaar art.

The visual art forms an important part of urban popular culture. According to Tasveer ghar.net, “Through popular art forms, it reflects the changing social tastes and aesthetics of our society.”

Arshad Amanullah, a curatorial associate at Tasveer Ghar, says, “The colonial culture was mainly represented by print medium. The question now is whether the culture can be interpreted through visual arts for understanding the social make up.”

Tasveer Ghar hopes to provide access to the creative players like academicians, artists, thereby promoting cross cultural scholarly exchange. Amanullah adds: “We want to create a democratic space and push forward a dialogue and debate related to south Asian visual culture.”

Tasveer Ghar has three institutional nodes-University of Michigan Ann Arbor, U.S.A, University of Heidelberg (Germany) and Sarai at the Center for Study of Developing Societies in New Delhi.

The project Director of Tasveer Ghar in Delhi, Yousuf Saeed, who is an independent filmmaker has been working on plural symbolism in Muslim calendar art.. By collecting posters and certain audio-video clips symbolic of Islam, he has been studying and interpreting the stereotypes attached to Islam by the media.

“Islam has gone through cultural influence in the Indian sub continent,” Saeed opines.

“Tasveer Ghar aims to act as a resource pool and a reference point for academicians and artist through visualization of all kinds of art,” adds Amanullah.

Apart from offering short term fellowships for the collection and documentation of popular visual arts, Tasveer Ghar also encourages contribution of images, archival and rare material for digitizing. The contributions are compensated with an honorary amount after digitizing free of charge.

So next time when you have something rare and archival to share, you know where to head।

By Moonis Ahmed

यूँ तो दिल्ली में हर साल अंतर्राष्ट्रीय बुक फेयर और दिल्ली बुक फेयर का आयोजन होता है लेकिन यहाँ एक जगह ऐसी भी है जहाँ हर हफ्ते ऐसा ही एक बुक फेस्टीवल होता है । हम बात कर रहे हैं पुरानी दिल्ली के दरियागंज में लगने वाले संडे बुक बाजार की । “दरियागंज अपने संडे बुक मार्केट के लिए न केवल एशिया बल्कि सारे विश्व में मशहूर है । यहाँ ज्यादातर किताबें सैकेण्ड हैंड ही होती हैं”। ऐसा कहना है जयप्रकाश गौड़ का जो पिछले 30 साल से यहाँ किताबें खरीदने आ रहें हैं । लेकिन एमसीडी के द्वारा 2009 तक इसे नई जगह पर ले जाने से ये काफी नाराज़ भी हैं । ट्रैफिक और अन्य समस्यायों के चलते इसे यहाँ से हटाया जाना है। इनका कहना है कि, “इससे एक तरफ जहाँ ग्राहकों को परेशानी का सामना करना पड़ेगा वहीं दूसरी तरफ दरियागंज का ऐतिहासिक महत्व भी कम होगा”।
कितनी पुरानी है ये मार्केट

दरियागंज संडे बुक मार्केट के प्रेसीडेन्ट सुभाष चंद्र अग्रवाल बताते हैं, “ये मार्केट 1965 से यहाँ लग रही है । शुरूआत में ये दुकानें लाल किले के पीछे लगती थी। बाद में इसे दरियारंज शिफ्ट कर दिया गया और तब से ये दुकानें यहीं लग रही हैं”। 40 साल से यहाँ अपनी किताबों की दुकान लगाने वाले देवीदास दुबे का कहना है, “यहाँ आपको 50 साल से लेकर 200 साल पुरानी किताबें मिल जाएंगी जो आज दिखने में भी दुर्लभ हैं”।

हर तरह की किताबें हैं यहाँ

यहाँ मुंशी प्रेमचंद्र से लेकर सिडनी शेल्डन के नॉवेल, स्कूल, कॉलेज, टेक्निकल, मेडिकल, आर्ट एण्ड कल्चर, मैनेजमेन्ट इत्यादि की किताबें आपको मिल जाएंगी। इसके अलावा बच्चों और महिलाओं पर, कुकिंग, गार्डेनिंग, एग्रीकल्चर की किताबें भी यहाँ हैं । यहाँ फ्रेंच, जर्मन, रूसी, अरबी, फारसी भाषा में भी किताबें उपलब्ध हैं । आप यहाँ से निराश होकर नहीं जाएंगे बशर्ते आपके पास खोजी नजर हो और पैंरों में चलने की ताकत । हर तरह की किताबें यहाँ के पेवमेन्ट पर सजी हुई मिल जाएंगी वो भी आधे से भी कम कीमत पर ।

आखिर कहाँ से आती हैं ये किताबें

“इन किताबों के लिए हमें काफी मेहनत करनी पड़ती है । कुछ किताबें हम रद्दी वालों से खरीदते हैं तो कुछ लोग पुरानी किताबें को खुद हमारे पास बेंचने आते हैं । पब्लिशर्स के द्वारा रकम न मिलने से प्रेस वाले भी कम कीमतों पर हमें बेंच देते हैं । पब्लिशर्स से हम पुरानी किताब कम दाम पर खरीद लेते हैं” , सुभाष चंद्र अग्रवाल ने बताया । उन्होंने आगे कहा, “इन किताबों के लिए हम न केवल देश बल्कि विदेशों से भी संपर्क करते हैँ। अमेरिका और ब्रिटेन से भी पुरानी किताबें यहाँ आती हैं” ।

क्यों आते हैं यहाँ लोग

यहाँ लगी लगभग 200 दुकानों पर आप हर उम्र के लोगों को खरीददारी करते हुए देख सकते हैं । लेकिन यंगस्टर्स यहाँ ज्यादा ही दिखाई देते हैं । लोग यहाँ देश के कई हिस्सों से आते हैं। विदेशों से भी आए हुए लोगों को आप यहाँ किताबों को खोजते हुए देख सकते हैं।
यहाँ पर ज़्यादातर किताबें सैकेण्ड हैंड होती है और कुछ पाइरेटेड भी । इनकी कीमत काफी कम होती है । दरियागंज में ही एशिया की किताबों की सबसे बड़ी दुकान मानी जाने वाली ‘दिल्ली बुक सेंटर’ भी है । तो यहाँ इतनी मशक्कत करने के बजाए आप वहाँ से किताबें क्यों नहीं खरीद लेते हैं ? इसके जवाब में आईआईटी दिल्ली से इंजीनियरिंग कर रहे मुदित सिंह ने कहा, “ऐसी बहुत सी किताबें होती हैं जो वहाँ भी नहीं मिलती हैं और यहाँ काफी कम कीमत पर मिल जाती हैं । 5 – 5 हजार तक की कीमत वाली इंजीनियरिंग की कुछ किताबें यहाँ हजार रूपये में हमें मिल जाती हैं और पढ़ने के बाद हम इन्हें यहीं वापस बेंच देते हैं । जो महंगी किताबें अफोर्ड नहीं कर सकते उनकी ये पसंदीदा जगह है । यहाँ पर बड़े-बड़े लोग और नामचीन पब्लिशर्स भी दुर्लभ और पुरानी किताबों की खोज में आते हैं ।

सावधान रहना भी ज़रूरी

लेकिन ज़रा संभल के ! यहाँ पर खरीददारी करने के लिए आपको बारगेनिंग करने में भी पारंगत होना पड़ेगा । “आप यहाँ दुकानदारों के द्वारा बेवकूफ भी बनाए जा सकते हैं” । ऐसा कहना है आकाशवाणी में काम करने वाली प्रभा किरण जैन का । “यहाँ किताबें खरीदते समय इनकी जाँच- पड़ताल अच्छी तरह कर लेनी चाहिए । किताबें कभी-कभी अंदर से फटी हुई भी मिल सकती हैं” । इन्होंने आगे कहा , “अगर आप मोलभाव करने में माहिर हैं तो 200 रू. की नॉवेल आप 10 रू. में भी खरीद सकते हैं”।

एमसीडी बनाम संडे बुक मार्केट

इन दुकानों की वजह से यहाँ कभी-कभी ट्रैफिक की भी समस्या हो जाती है। ये जगह काफी कंजेस्टेड होने के नाते दिल्ली म्युनिसिपल कारपोरेशन इसे राजघाट या माता सुंदरी रोड पर ले जाने का प्लान बना रही है । लेकिन एमसीडी के निर्णय की मुखालफत करते हुए संडे बुक मार्केट के प्रेसीडेन्ट सुभाष चंद्र अग्रवाल का कहना है, “एमसीडी के इस निर्णय से हमारे रोज़गार पर काफी बुरा प्रभाव पड़ेगा। किसी भी नई जगह पर हमें अपना रोज़गार जमाने में कई साल लग जाएंगें”।

दिल्ली के मशहूर कबाड़ी बाज़ार को लाल किले से हटाकर राजघाट के पास पहुँचा दिया गया है और अब बारी है इस बुक मार्केट की । “हम कहीं भी रहें ग्राहकों का आना बदस्तूर जारी रहेगा”, ऐसा कहना है सुरेश चंद्र का जो यहाँ के पुराने दुकानदारों में से एक हैं । इस बुक मार्केट की ख़ासियत ये है कि आप यहाँ जितना चलेगें उतनी ही अच्छी किताबें पाएंगे । ये बुक मार्केट मोतियों से भरा एक सागर है लेकिन मोती चुनने की काबिलियत आप में होनी चाहिए।
रमाशंकर पाण्डेय
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Anna-Kaisa Heikkinen is the outgoing Second Secretary of Finnish Embassy at New Delhi। After spending four years in India, Anna-Kaisa is shifting to Moscow for a new assignment. She speaks to Kunal Majumder about her experience in India.

चाइल्ड केयर सेंटर

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चाइल्ड केयर सेंटर एक ऐसा केन्द्र है जहाँ पर मानसिक रूप से विकलांग बच्चो को पढाया जाता हैं और उन्हें ट्रेनिंग भी दी जाते हैं। इस सेंटर की स्पेशल एज्युकेटर ,नसीम फातिम का कहना है की इन बच्चो के साथ बहुत ही प्यार से पेश आना होता है और इन पर दुसरे बच्चो से ज्यादा ध्यान देना पड़ता हैं।
इस सेंटर में इन बच्चो को मानसिक विकार से लड़ने के साथ साथ व्यापारिक ट्रेनिंग भी दी जाती हैं। यहाँ पर उन्हें मोमबत्ती बनाना , ग्रीटिंग बनाना,और लिफाफे बनाना सिखाया जाता हैं। इन बच्चो में अलग -अलग विकलांगता हैं परन्तु इस सेंटर में इन सभी का उनकी विकलांगता से ध्यान हटाकर उनकी योग्यता पर ज्यादा ध्यान दिलाया जाता हैं। इन बच्चो के लिए यहाँ पर मनोचित्सिक को भी बुलाया जाता हैं।

सुबह की शुरुआत : बच्चो को व्यायाम कराते स्पेशल ओलंपियन ।

खेल-खेल में ध्यान लगना : मोटी की माला बनती हुई छात्रा ।

नन्हा चित्रकार : चित्र में रंग भरता छात्र ।

पढ़ने का खास तरीका : गिनती सीखता छात्र ।

देशभक्ति : तिरंगे को निहारती आँखे।


Cruising the Finnish cuisine

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Kunal Majumdar

Do you know that Finns make almost a dozen of types of berry pies? Blueberry, blackberry, raspberry, cloudberry, strawberry...the list goes on. Berry picking is a national hobby in Finland. It’s even there in the law. All Finnish citizens have a right to pick berries and mushrooms in all forest lands irrespective of the ownership! It is not just the pies. They love their fresh berries with whipped cream and berry fillings in their sweet buns.

Finnish food is all about taste and aroma. It has a distinct flavour of the northern nature combined with pure natural raw ingredients. One would find an influence of both the east and the west. Rye bread, quark, sour cream, blins (similar to crepe), buckwheat and Finnish beetroot salad (rosolli) have an eastern origin while salted fish, meat balls and sweet bread come from the west. Just like its foreign policy, Finnish food is pragmatic and practical.

The early summer brings perch (type of fish), new potatoes and rhubarb. August is the time for mushrooms, crayfish, roasted wild duck and fresh vegetables and roots. In the autumn the hunters go after game and it is the time for reindeer round up.

Typical daily meals consist of meat balls, minced meat in sauce, meat loaf, macaroni casserole, steaks, and broiler in various forms. Rye bread and potato are a must have in the Finnish diet.

Finland is a coffee drinking nation. They drink coffee with breakfast, after lunch and dinner, during break and meetings. Finns just need an excuse to have their cup of coffee. The only other beverage that could give a competition to coffee is beer. Though there are a wide variety of alcoholic beverages available in Finland, it has traditionally been a beer-drinking country. Beer is often drunk at mealtimes and at saunas. Berries are also used for producing alcohol-containing beverages. Popular raw ingredients are currants (type of berry), strawberries, raspberries and cloudberries. They say the most popular word in Finland is kipis (cheers in Finnish).

Plenty for the five senses: Finnish food table

Golden taste: Arctic Char (fish) dish

Berry berry everywhere: Sorbet with berry sauce

Yummiest piece of fish: Smoked salmon

Kitis (cheers in Finnish): Strawberry juice

हर साल होने वाला डीयू इलेक्शन, स्ट्रीट चिल्ड्रेन के लिए वरदान साबित होता है । इन्हे देखकर आप चोकिये मत ये किसी का प्रचार नही कर रहे हैं, इन्हे किसी की हार जीत से कोई मतलब नही , यह तो इनकी ज़िन्दगी का हिस्सा है । दिन भर पम्फ्लेट्स इकट्ठा करके , शाम को इन्हे बेच कर ये २००-३०० रु०तक कमाते है । इसमे भी ये अपने लिए खुशी के पल ढूढ़ ही लेते हैं इन आंखों में सपने और भी है ।

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पहले पेट पूजा फिर काम दूजा

काम के साथ आराम जरुरी है

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Delhi Rocks !

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By Marie Naudascher
Here is a radio feature about the Delhi based rock band, Half Step Down.
Interviews with Shiv Lumba the pianist and Karan Dutta the guitarist and backing vocals.

दिल्ली के प्रगति मैदान में चल रहे 14वें दिल्ली पुस्तक मेले का उद्दघाटन 30 अगस्त को भारत के उपराष्ट्रपति हामिद अंसारी के द्वारा किया गया । इस बार यहाँ लगभग 299 प्रकाशकों ने हिस्सा लिया है । इसमें भारत सहित 7 देशों के प्रकाशक शामिल हैं । पाकिस्तान, चीन, अमेरिका और ईरान के पब्लिशर्स यहाँ अपनी किताबों के साथ आए हैं।

बच्चों और महिलाओं को विशेष स्थान

7 सितम्बर तक चलने वाले इस पुस्तक मेले के बारे में दिल्ली पुस्तक मेले के डायरेक्टर, शक्ति मलिक ने बताया, "इस बार यहाँ बच्चों की पुस्तकों से संबंधित प्रकाशकों और महिला लेखिकाओं को विशेष स्थान दिया गया है । इस पुस्तक मेले में 18 महिला लेखिकाओं की पुस्तकों को शामिल किया गया है । इनमें स्व। रजनी पनिका, विभा देवसरे, डॉ. कुसुम अंसल और महाश्वेतादेवी आदि की पुस्तकें शामिल है" । उन्होंने आगे कहा, "बच्चों की किताबें, साइन्स, इस्लाम, गणित और प्रतियोगी परीक्षाओं से संबंधित पुस्तकें, मैगज़ीन, मैप्स, कम्प्यूटर सॉफ्टवेयर इत्यादि को डिस्प्ले में रखा गया हैं" ।

हॉल न0 10 में स्टर्लिंग पब्लिशर्स बच्चों में किताबों के प्रति लगाव पैदा करने के लिए यहाँ कई कॉम्प्टीशन भी करवा रहा है । इसकी आयोजक सुनीता कपूर ने कहा, "यह कॉम्प्टीशन दिन में 3 से 5 के बीच होता है । इसमें शामिल सभी बच्चों के लिए प्राइज़ रखे गए हैं । हमारा मक़सद बच्चों की क्रिएटिविटी को बढ़ावा देना है । बच्चें यहाँ केवल किताबें खरीदने ही न आए बल्कि इनज्वॉय भी करें"।

तकनीकी का बोलबाला

दिल्ली पुस्तक मेले में इस बार टेक्नॉल्जी का काफी प्रभाव देखने को मिल रहा है । बच्चों की किताबें, टेबल, साइन्स के फॉर्मूले सब कुछ यहाँ एनिमेटेड फॉर्म में उपलब्ध हैं । इसकी खरीददारी के लिए बच्चे काफी संख्या में यहाँ आ रहे हैं । लोगों को अपने पसंद की बुक स्टॉल ढूँढ़ने में परेशानी न हो इसके लिए यहाँ 'कियोस्क' नाम की कम्प्यूर मशीन भी लगाई गई है। इसमें प्रकाशक कंपनी का नाम डालने पर आप उसकी स्थिति के बारे में जान सकते हैं । यहां पर टेबल की डीवीडी खरीदने आए सैकेण्ड क्लास में पढ़ने वाले सोमिल डाबर का कहना है कि इससे इन्हें टेबल आसानी से याद हो जाता है ।

दोस्ती बहल करने का ज़रिया किताबें

पाकिस्तान 1988 से लगातार दिल्ली पुस्तक मेले में शामिल हो रहा है । पाकिस्तान के 'नेशनल बुक फांउडेशन' के साथ आए शौकत अली का कहना है, "हमारे स्टॉल पर लोग काफी संख्या में आ रहे हैं । इसके लिए मैं हिन्दुस्तान के लोगों का शुक्रिया अद़ा करना चाहूँगा । हम यहाँ उर्दू और अंग्रेजी की लगभग 2000 किताबों के साथ आए हैं । इतिहास पर 'हिस्ट्री ऑफ राजपूत' नाम की किताब यहाँ काफी बिक रही है । यहां के लोग किताब पढ़ने के काफी शौकीन हैं । किताबें दो देशों के बाच दोस्ती बहाल करने में काफी मददगार साबित हो सकती हैं" । इन्होंने दो देशों के बीच दोस्ती बहाल करने में मीडिया की भी काफी प्रशंसा की ।

इन्टरनेट बनाम किताबें

लेकिन पिछली बार के मुकाबले इस बार यहाँ भीड़ कम देखने को मिल रही है । दिल्ली बुक फेयर के डायरेक्टर, शक्ति मलिक ने इसके बारे में कहा, "यह सच है कि इस बार लोग कम आ रहे हैं । इसके लिए 'इंडियन ट्रेड प्रमोशन ऑर्गनाइजेशन', (आईटीपीओ) जिम्मेदार है। क्योंकि इस बार इन्होंने इसके एडवरटीजमेंट पर काफी कम ध्यान दिया है" । बिहार से यहाँ किताबों की खरीददारी करने आए दीपक श्रीवास्तव का कहना है, "इंटरनेट और टी.वी के चलन से लोगों का रूझान किताबों की तरफ कम हो रहा है । अब ज्य़ादातर किताबें इंटरनेट पर भी उपलब्ध होती हैं और लोग वहीं से काफी जानकारी प्राप्त कर लेते हैं । हार्ड कॉपी खरीदने की ज़हमत वे नहीं उठाना चाहते हैं । लोगों के पास किताबें पढ़ने के लिए समय भी नहीं है" । लेकिन दिल्ली के सुयश बत्रा के अनुसार इंटरनेट ने लोगों को किताबों के बारे में जानकारी प्राप्त करने में काफी मदद की है । यह एक तरह से लोगों को किताबें पढ़ने के लिए प्रेरित ही करता है । किताबों की जगह कोई नहीं ले सकता है।

अगर आप अपनी मनपसंद की किताब के लिए कई बुक शॉप्स के चक्कर लगा चुके हैं और निराश हैं, तो यहाँ एक बार ज़रूर आइए । हो सकता है कि आप यहाँ निराश न हो । और हाँ अपने साथ बच्चों को लाना मत भूलिएगा । क्योंकि उनके लिए भी यहाँ है बहुत कुछ ।

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