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Wife of road accident victim holds the

dream of Kiwi-life, with community support
¡¡ SANDEEP SINGH Lees-Galloway, from where they were

ishat Abedi, the wife of ill-fated taxi
The subsequently advised to apply with
the office of Associate Immigration
driver Abdul Raheem Fahad Syed who community has Minister Kris Faafoi.
lost his life in a tragic road accident
around Christmas last year, will be arriving played an instrumental However, The Indian
back in New Zealand for the first time after Weekender learned from
losing her husband.
role in supporting Ms the office of Associate
Gulam Faiz Mohammad, a close family Abedi and her then five- Minister Faafoi that such an
friend, told The Indian Weekender, that Ms application was never placed.
Abedi would be arriving in the second half
month-old son in salvaging, In fact, Ms Abedi who
had taken time out from the
of this month along with his family who had at least for now, their workforce after her studies
travelled back to India to support her at this
extremely difficult time. much-cherished “dream in NZ when the unfortunate
“Ms Abedi had conveyed thanks to each incident happened and almost
and everyone in the community who have
of Kiwi-life” threatened to destroy her and
helped her during this hour of distress,” Mr her late husband’s Kiwi-dream, had
Mohammad said. Ms Abedi with her son Abdul chosen to seek work visa, although with
The community has played an instrumental help from the community.
role in supporting Ms Abedi and her then five- Now three months after the tragic accident,
month-old son in salvaging, at least for now, Ms Abedi is returning to live her Kiwi-dream
their much-cherished “dream of Kiwi-life”. The whose parliamentary constituency the family income-earner on a work visa which was due on an employer-supported work visa of two
support has been nothing less than exemplary. lived, was terribly moved by the accident and to expire in February 2018, whereas Ms Abedi years.
Waseem Mohammad of Paradise Restaurant, the fallout on the family. was not working and looking after their newly It is an apt reminder of how collective
Sandringham, who was also closely involved, “I was surrounded by my own family when born son. community efforts can sometime make critical
along with many others, in rallying community I read the news of this devastating accident. I With the unfortunate death of Mr Syed, difference in the lives of those who are less
support expressed his satisfaction in salvaging cannot comprehend the kind of loss Nishat not only the lives of Ms Abedi were turned fortunate than others.
the Kiwi-dream of the family. Abedi is feeling. My thoughts are with her at completely upside down, but also their visa Meanwhile, earlier last month, Farshad
“It gives huge satisfaction to us that through this difficult time,” Ms Ardern then said to NZ situation was in jeopardy as their visa was Bahadori Esfehani, the 20-year-old man
everyone’s collective efforts we were able to Herald. dependent on Mr Syed’s visa. charged over the fatal crash, appeared in
help the family live their Kiwi-dream,” Mr Apart from the usual trail of devastation, It was at this inopportune time that the an Auckland court on February 12 and was
Mohammad told The Indian Weekender. heartbreak and seemingly never-ending pain community had rallied together to not only to granted bail.
The tragic story of road accident of taxi- that every instance of death leaves behind, provide support to finance body repatriation of According to court files, police had then
driver Abdul Raheem Fahad Syed on December in this instance what was at stake was the Mr Syed but also to save the Kiwi-dream of his reported that Mr Esfehani blew a breath alcohol
23, just before the Christmas holidays last ability of Ms Abedi and her five-month son to wife and son. reading of 908mcg per litre of breath, well over
year, has stirred many emotions across the legitimately remain in the country as their visa First, an application for consideration of the 250mcg limit for a 20-year-old.
community and beyond. was due to expire in two months time. Ms Abedi’s visa on humanitarian grounds was The next hearing of on Mr Esfehani is due in
Even Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, in At that time, Mr Syed was the family’s only made to the office of Immigration Minister Ian May with new jury members.

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High Commissioner Kohli meets media

and community leaders in Auckland
¡¡ SANDEEP SINGH prism of number of services currently A few ideas were proposed
Head of Chancellery, Sandeep Sood, Indian High Commissioner in NZ HE Sanjiv Kohli

and Hon. Consulate in Auckland, Bhav Dhillon at the event being delivered. and delved into, and the High
n a first of its kind, the High
“Our desire to open this office Commissioner assured that their
Commissioner of India, Sanjiv
in Auckland was driven less by the office would soon be taking decisions
Kohli met with the members of
number of services to be offered but on these matters and announcing
Indian media in New Zealand in an
by a desire to have our representative
open forum held at the newly opened publically.
on the ground in the city where a
Auckland Consulate office. Toward the end, Mr Kohli once
large number of Indian community
The meeting was first in both resides. again reminded everyone in the room
sense, the High Commissioner’s visit “With the growing size of our to disseminate information about
to the Consulate Office and meeting community in Auckland, there are a the Government of India’s coveted
with Indian media in an open forum. programme “Know India,” whereby
large number of issues such as those
Mr Kohli arrived in Auckland on
related to international students, students and young professionals
Saturday, March 3, on a two-day
tragic deaths and accidents in the of the Indian origin are being
official tour to interact with the large
community and issues of domestic encouraged to feel connected with
Indian diaspora.
problems, which sometimes involve their motherland and be motivated
The tour began with a meeting
visits to places like prisons, police and inspired by transformational
with representatives of Indian
stations and hospitals.
media where Mr Kohli straightaway Immediately after changes taking place in India.
“It doesn’t happen very often “Our Consulate office acts as our
acknowledged the role of This year a “Know India Quiz” is
ethnic media in extending High that in the same year you have two
the meeting with eyes and ears in those situations by
offering immediate help to those in scheduled to be organised sometime
Commission’s outreach to the high-level visits, one inward and one the media, the High in May 2018, followed by a few
need,” Mr Kohli affirmed.
community. outgoing. Both those visits have put Commissioner had rounds, and those who reach third
Immediately after the meeting with
“The main purpose of this meeting the relationship on a fast track. and fourth round will be invited
today was to thank you, for helping
a meeting with the media, the High Commissioner
“This year we had a bilateral meet had a meeting with the key leaders by the Government of India on a
the High Commission in extending the key leaders of of main community organisations in
between Indian and New Zealand 15-day tour to India. The top three
its outreach to the Indian community main community
Prime Minister on the sides of East Auckland. winners will be further honoured and
in NZ,” Mr Kohli said.
Asia Summit, which was very organisations While the meeting with the press receive special awards at the Pravasi
Mr Kohli began his address by
was focused more on discussion and Bhartiya Divas Convention, 2019.
stating how well bilateral relations successful,” Mr Kohli said. in Auckland. evaluation of the actions taken in the
between India and New Zealand Subsequently, the forum was The High Commissioner appealed
past, the meeting with the community
have progressed in the last two years opened for questions from the Indian to all present on the occasion to
leaders was more forward-looking
of his reign as High Commissioner. ethnic media, where questions were The High Commissioner widely publicise the event, which
and futuristic.
“We started in 2016 when I joined expressed satisfaction on the number should translate into community
raised on issues related to Passport, The High Commissioner discussed
the mission here with an immediate of services currently being delivered participation that rightly reflects
visa, electronic-visa, Overseas and received feedback from the
visit by the President of India. from the Consulate Office, however the size of Indian diaspora in
Citizens of India (OCI) card, and the community leaders about merits of
The same year we had an inward emphasised on the need to not see organising some major community New Zealand.
visit by the then Prime Minister of requirement of Aadhaar Card back
the importance of the Office from the events in this year. ••
New Zealand. in India.


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High Commissioner visits Indian man Maungakiekie MP

fighting for life in Auckland hospital Denise Lee visits
the Indian Club at
H Auckland University
igh Commissioner of India,
Sanjiv Kohli quietly visited the
Auckland Hospital on Sunday,
March 4, to enquire about the condition ¡¡ RIZWAN
and the well being of Harish Gopal – an

Indian man struggling for his life in a ational MP for
critical condition after a road accident in Maungakiekie
Rotorua. applauded the work
Hon. Consul of India, Bhav Dhillon and enthusiasm of young
accompanied Mr Kohli and the High student clubs at the University
Commission’s Head of Chancellery,
of Auckland during her recent
Sandeep Sood. The trio had a detailed
O-week tour of the University
conversation with the team of doctors
taking care of Mr Gopal since the last on Thursday, March 1.
two weeks. Ms Lee along with National
Since then Mr Gopal continued to Mr Kohli told The Indian Weekender
Doctors apprised Mr Kohli about the Party colleague and MP for
remain unconscious after being put on that their office would be writing to the Different clubs that
state of Mr Gopal’s health and recovery Tuki Tuki Lawrence Yule
an induced coma to assist in a better government for a compassionate view on connected students with one
plan. connected with several
Mr Gopal continues to remain in recovery after a surgery was performed the visa status. another through arts, culture,
on his right leg. Meanwhile, the parents and uncle of campus clubs at the University
an induced coma and is currently on politics, food and more
life support system to assist an early Mr Kohli had expressed satisfaction Mr Gopal had arrived from Nizamabad, including University of
impressed Ms Lee.
recovery. with the world-class treatment and in the Indian state of Telangana, on Auckland Indian Society. The “We have such a rich culture
Earlier The Indian Weekender had attention given to Mr Gopal. Monday, March 5. campus tour took place ahead here in New Zealand, and
reported that Mr Gopal was injured in Speaking to The Indian Weekender The Indian Weekender has learned that of the Auckland Holi festival, Maungakiekie is no exception
a road accident involving a motorised later about the visit, Mr Kohli said, “We which is one of the biggest to that. In my travels, it’s been
Auckland Hospital is providing them
bike and a car on Saturday, February 17, wish for an early and full recovery of celebrations of the Indian
with a place to stay near Mr Gopal at a encouraging to see families,
in Taupo. He was immediately taken to community.
Mr Gopal. much-subsidised rate. schools, universities, and
Rotorua hospital with multiple fractures
“The kind of treatment and care that Earlier, New Zealand Telugu Ms Lee expressed her local businesses embrace the
on the right leg.
It was then reported that Naresh, the doctors and nurses at Auckland Association (NZTA) set up a Givealittle enthusiasm about the diversity that surrounds them,”
one of the close friends of Mr Gopal, Hospital are giving to Mr Gopal is truly page to raise funds to help Mr Gopal’s Waitakere Holi and Humm Ms Lee said.
who lived and worked in Auckland world class. family travel and accommodation needs. FM Holi celebrations that were “As Maungakiekie’s
had immediately travelled to Rotorua “We thank them for this compassionate A total of $8295.00 raised by 186 held earlier last weekend. She local MP, I will be working
hospital, where both were able to speak care extended to Mr Gopal." generous donors has been collected till also offered her assistance hard to engage with ethnic
with Mr Gopal’s uncle and inform about As reported earlier, Mr Gopal had the time of writing of this story. to UoA Indian Society in communities including the
the incident. arrived in New Zealand three years ago The link to the Givealittle page is bridging with the local Indian Indian community and ensure
However, subsequently, the condition on a student visa, and was currently on https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/taupo- MPs and arranging meetings in that our communities have a
of Mr Gopal had deteriorated, and he had Job-search visa, which expires soon accident-harish-gopal-critical-condition the future. voice,” she added.
to be airlifted to Auckland hospital. this month.

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The Indian Weekender Friday, March 9, 2018 NEW ZEALAND 5

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Indian High Commissioner’s outreach

to community: Visits to temple and Gurudwara

ontinuing the outreach
to the Indian community
in Auckland, the High
Commissioner of India, Sanjiv
Kohli visited Balmoral Temple,
Sandringham and Nanaksar
Gurudwara in Manurewa, on Sunday,
March 4
The visit was part of the High
Commissioner’s extended outreach
to the Indian community in Auckland
High Commissioner HE Sanjiv Kohli at Nanaksar
– New Zealand’s largest city where Gurudwara; Right: At the Balmoral Temple
about 80 per cent of the total Indian
community lives. temple and the Gurudwara, where a also need divine blessings to take the upstairs by the management team.
In a true reflection of the diverse large number of people turn up every agenda forward, so I have come here Mr Kohli was also presented
and yet very cohesive Indian weekend. to the temple and will also go to the with the traditional Shiropa by the
community in New Zealand, the Gurudwara later. management team of the Gurudwara.
High Commissioner was very Visit to Balmoral temple
“There is no better place to get
Mr Sood and Mr Dhillon also
warmly received by the members r Kohli started his day with
your inner peace and calm than a received Shiropa on the occasion.
of the public at both the places of a visit to Balmoral temple,
place like this. However, it seemed that the
worship. Sandringham early morning, where
The management committee of community relished Mr Kohli’s
Earlier, probably in a first, the he participated in Pooja and Arti.
the temple, led by Roshan Nauhria, participation in the Langar, which
High Commissioner had held a He was accompanied by Sandeep
Sood, Head of Chancellery, High Dinesh Pahuja, Jyoti Parashar, gave many people an opportunity to
meeting with the members of Indian
Commission of India, and Bhav Sreesutha Nampally, Pandit Govind interact with the High Commissioner
media and community leaders at the
Dhillon Hon. Consul of India, Sharma took the High Commissioner informally.
newly opened Auckland Consulate
Auckland. to a tour of the temple premises and Later Mr Kohli also briefly
office on Saturday, March 3. “We had a very useful meeting
By his own admission, Mr Kohli Mr Kohli also met with children detailed the various initiatives being addressed members of the public
with the Indian media and the undertaken by the temple for the
had arrived in Auckland after a gap of participating in Hindi classes run present and spoke highly about
community leaders yesterday. education and promotion of Indian
four to five months, purely because at the temple, along with several the Sikh community and the value
“We are laying out the agenda for culture.
of the opening of the Consulate members of the public and the that the government and the people
what we want to do this year for the
Office, and therefore was committed management committee of the Visit to Nanaksar of India see in their tremendous
to making the most of it. temple. Gurudwara contribution to the growth and
“We had accomplished quite a few

The second day of the visit was Speaking to The Indian Weekender progress of the country.
things in the last two years. I think he visit to Nanaksar Gurudwara
exclusively reserved for outreach to on the occasion, Mr Kohli said, “It’s Soon after the Gurudwara visit,
there are still few areas where we can began with participation in
the general public and members of always a great experience to come Mr Kohli and Mr Sood left for
achieve more by working together. Langar – the community kitchen
the community, particularly at the back to the city which has the largest Wellington.
“Today being the second day, we – before a small official reception
share of the Indian diaspora in NZ.
The Indian Weekender Friday, March 9, 2018 NEW ZEALAND 7

Suggestion for ‘taxes to change bad coming soon...

behaviour’ not well-founded: tax barrister
¡¡ DAVE ANANTH Wealth tax is not an option.

ir Michael Cullen’s suggestion about bringing new Wealth is subjective; there are
taxes to drive behaviour as appearing in stuff.co.nz on no set rules to determine one’s
Monday, March 5, is not well-founded.
“A wealth tax, a tax on financial transactions, a broader wealth. One man’s wealth may Daily deals website
capital gains tax, a land tax and new environmental taxes will
all be options considered by the Tax Working Group,” states
seem mediocre to another and
vice versa.
the report appearing in Stuff.
If the report is to be believed then Sir Cullen, has signalled
these possibilities of taxes to “change bad behaviours”.
Indian Weekender
Dave Ananth is a senior lawyer,
Sir Cullen was speaking to the International Fiscal
Association conference in Queenstown on Friday, March 2.
I am not sure what he means by “changing bad behaviour”.
a former Magistrate and advocate
in Malaysia before taking up a
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What is bad behaviour?
Don’t we already have enough tax laws in place, mainly
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Does that mean the price of sugar, for
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Does Cullen think that people will consume
less sugar if there is a further tax?
I am not sure of his thinking, but if that were
true, then we will have to deal with inflation,
with prices of food and drinks to go up as many
foodstuff and drinks contain sugar.
Any cost increase due to further taxes will
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'When you start a new business,

then there is no going back'
Meet Giridharan Giri, Director of Relianz Group as he shares his journey as an Indian migrant in New Zealand
¡¡ RIZWAN MOHAMMAD down to Relianz Forex Ltd. The name had always hard, as we had to market our product

he Indian Weekender has always ‘Reli’ for reliability and ‘anz’ for Australia-New and services to the community. We went from
strived to give the community stories Zealand, and thus we finalised the name with house to house in different suburbs; shops, flea
that inspire and motivate them to make the tag ‘Your first Choice to Rely’. In 2009, market and my family would often join me.
their dreams and passions a reality. To bring Relianz Forex had hit the market and picked up People eventually started noticing my face and
such stories to the community, The Indian eventually,” Mr Giri said in the interview. as soon as they see me would ask the rate of
Weekender has started a new series talking to The challenge to run and grow the business: exchange. I was in Rose Gardens in Hamilton
successful Kiwi-Indian business people, know Relianz Forex started with just one staff at when someone recognised me and asked me
their struggles in starting a venture in New the company’s head office on Dominion Road the same question. It was delightful to see
Zealand and making it a success it is today. and within 15 months had two more branches the response from the community and that is
The Indian Weekender spoke to Giridharan coming up at New Windsor and Sandringham. what has helped us to grow, now into different
Giri, Director of Relianz Group, that has three This stupendous success came with a personal markets too.”
successful businesses under its umbrella in price of sacrifice of family time, health Mr Giri advises one thing that a person
New Zealand: Relianz Forex, Relianz Travel and stress to Mr Giri but it did not stop his should never forget, and this is the roots where
and Loan Bazaar. determination to move forward. he has come.
The first thing Mr Giri advises to budding “When a new thing starts, there come “Remember the days of your struggle, and
entrepreneurs to be prepared for the painful unfavourable times that one has to endure that will always give you direction to what
process of learning through unfavourable This interview went on to change his status as there is no going back. You have to focus you should do, and it will bring the humility in
circumstances but one must endure through quo in life and quite significantly navigate the on what you want to do, and that will get you you,” he added.
such times as there is no going back. course of his journey in New Zealand. new challenges, and that too has to be faced,” Another important USP of his business to grow
Mr Giri started his Kiwi journey back in Mr Giri was determined to leave the interview he adds. and expand is giving back to the community.
2003 leaving his well-paid and incentivised with the offer letter and at 7:30 p.m. starting “One of the biggest challenges is that your He advises that it’s the community’s money
job in India to find an equally adventurous and Monday the following week. family has to accept you because of your
successful career in New Zealand. His first two and trust that has made the business grow
Mr Giri has not looked back since, working engagement into your work. I worked tirelessly
months were met with disappointments and and provided with all the success, and it has
there for almost two years until the company even weekends for the first 15 months when the
rejections as hundreds of his job applications to be returned to the community by providing
was sold and he started under new management branches were opened. There was a time when
got declined. He jumped from one shop to employment opportunities, supporting events,
as the first director of the company. my family sent me an email to communicate
another meeting people and even went to the helping the needy.
Carrying years of experience in the field of with me,” MrGiri recalled.
office of Work & Income looking for a miracle. foreign exchange in India under Thomas Cook “One time I received a love letter on an email One advice that MrGiri gives to young
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he Goan Association of New
Zealand (GOANZ) completed
also celebrated
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World Goa Day at Mt
this year and will host its annual Eden War Memorial Hall
general meeting on Saturday, March on in August last year and
10, to evaluate its performance for Goa’s patron saint, St
2017 and plan for 2018. Francis Xavier’s feast
GOANZ was established in May earlier in December
1996 and has since aimed to foster the 2017
welfare of the community and promote the
cultural knowledge, traditions and customs of
the Goan community in New Zealand.
The association is looking forward to having
more engagement with the community in
2018 by organizing more events for both the
youth-children and the elder members of the
Goan community. GOANZ current team is
headed by Calisto Vaz as the president, Milton
D’Souza as the treasurer, Maria Crasto as
secretary and Sushila Pinto as the coordinator
of the association.
The association since April 2017 organises
a community mass every two months on a
Saturday night at St Therese Parish in Three
Kings followed by a fellowship in the parish
hall accompanied with light refreshments.
The community also celebrated World
Goa Day at Mt Eden War Memorial Hall on
in August last year and Goa’s patron saint, St
Francis Xavier’s feast earlier in December
2017. The feast began with a Holy Mass
hosted by two Goan priests in New Zealand,
Fr Cyprian Fernandes from Dunedin and Fr
Raphael Lobo from East Coast Bays Parish in
Auckland. Both events saw over 300 people,
mainly GOANZ members and a few from
other Indian communities present there.
The association will hold its first mass for
this year on Saturday, March 10 followed by
the AGM and will call out to the community
looking for at least 6-10 members to form a
The association plans to hold a soccer
tournament in the first half of 2018, World Goa
Day social and dance in August, a picnic in
October, talent hunt for GOANZ children and
seniors, and St Francis Xavier’s feast mass in
the first week of December followed by a mini-
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Telangana Jagruthi NZ brings stakeholders

together on international students' issues
¡¡ SANDEEP SINGH importance that the Government of India puts

Members of Telangana
on this fact as reflected in his appointment as
n a first of its kind, the Telangana Jagruthi Jagruthi New Zealand at
the event the first-ever Hon. Consul of India in Auckland.
New Zealand (TJNZ) had taken leadership “The issues related to the overall welfare of
in bringing together different stakeholders international students are of high priority for
in NZ and Indian government, along with other the government of India.
experts, to discuss some of the pressing issues “Lately the Consulate office has to deal with
facing international students. an unusually high number of drowning deaths
The seminar held on Sunday, March of international students, which is both a source
4, brought together local MPs from the of misery and concern for us,” Mr Dhillon said,
government, Michael Wood and Priyanca reflecting that Indian government’s concerns on
Radhakrishnan, and Bhav Dhillon, Hon. Indian students go wider than commonly heard
Consul of India, from the High Commission issues around their exploitation.
of India, along with experts from New Zealand
Qualification Authority (NZQA) to delve Gaps in the duty of care toward
into the issues related to the international international students
education sector. The speakers also pointed towards the gaps
TJNZ is the New Zealand chapter of in the duty of care towards the international
Telangana Jagruthi – a massive social students, especially among some rogue agents
awakening movement back in the Indian state The international education All is not well in the international and education providers, who often work in
of Telangana, seeking to invoke and celebrate a sector is important education sector collusion without compassion for student
common Telangana identity. During the seminar, the importance of However, the broad consensus quickly
The TJNZ President Jyothi Mallikarjun international education sector for New Zealand moved purposefully towards the realisation that
Apparently, it is these gaps in the duty of
Reddy told The Indian Weekender that their was widely and profusely acknowledged, by all was not well with the international education
care towards international students that is the
organisation is primarily focussed on raising both MPs in the government. sector.
source of all issues within the sector and has
issues of students and women, along with There was a consensus that the sector brings Mr Wood set the agenda by reflecting upon
to be addressed sooner than later. However,
celebration the now resurgent festival of a lot of financial wealth and international guests the current government’s views on the sector,
the challenge is to do this in a manner that
Bathukamma. to the countries who have potential to become which is that the sector, being too good and
does not jeopardise the overall setting of the
“We focus only on three key issues throughout beneficial for NZ has grown too quickly, too
NZ’s longstanding friends and supporters all international education sector.
the year, and student’s issues are one of them. fast and without proper oversight – a situation
around the world. Toward the end of the seminar, there was
“The other two being the women issues and that they are determined to alter.
Mr Wood shared anecdotes of his political a question-answer session, where many
the floral festival of Bathukamma,” Ms Reddy The government, especially the Immigration
mentor, former MP of Mt Roskill and Foreign international students raised questions and
said. Lately there has been a lot of noise around Minister Ian Lees-Galloway is listening
Minister of NZ and the current Mayor of problems that they face on a day-to-day basis
international students, for right and wrong to all stakeholders, including community
Auckland, Phil Goff, about the importance of while pursuing an international education in the
reasons, especially those in our communities. representatives and experts before coming out
international education sector for the general country.
“We are trying to bring together key with a policy that can address all supposedly
goodwill of brand NZ all around the world. Indeed, this was a great community-led
stakeholders in international education on a major pitfalls in the sector.
Ms Radhakrishnan, an international student initiative by Telangana Jagruthi NZ to move
common platform and are hoping that students Mr Dhillon acknowledged the recent spurt in
herself, reflected on how well NZ treats its the public debate from problems around issues
would get much-needed support,” Ms Reddy the sector resulting in the increase in the number
international students. of international students to finding solutions to
told The Indian Weekender. of international students from India, and the
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Christchurch’s Indian community gets a piece of

its history back Old Stone House, built in 1870s, to house the Indian workers brought to the

s noted by renowned historian, Gordon Garden City by one of the earliest English settlers, John Cracroft Wilson,
Ogilvie in his book, The Port Hills of has finally reopened following a $2 million earthquake restoration project
Christchurch, a Chennai-born England-
educated ex-Magistrate of Mooradabad (Uttar
Ms Caroline Murray(right), and mayor Lianne Dalziel at
Pradesh), John Cracroft Wilson, arrived in the re-opening of the Old Stone House (picture courtesy:
Christchurch in 1854 with his 17 Indian Christchurch City Council
servants. This, arguably, is the first instance of
Indian immigrants arriving in the land of the
long white cloud.
When in Canterbury, Wilson, with the wealth
he accumulated in India, purchased three up-
country runs, the Lansdowne Station, and a
268-acre property on the Port Hills.
This Port Hills property, which stretched from
Huntsbury Hill to Worsleys Road and across
the skyline to Governors Bay, was later named
by Wilson as “Cashmere” after his favourite
part of India - “Kashmir”. In its prime, Wilson’s Earthquake damaged Old Stone House (File photo)

Cashmere estate covered almost 5000 acres.

Later, Wilson built a 11-bedroom homestead ease there. They were frequently ill, believe the years, until in 1966, John Cracroft, Wilson’s a seven-year-long wait and a $2 million
(that came to be known as the Cracroft House place was haunted and often tried to defect,” descendants gifted the building to the Student earthquake restoration project.
and was destroyed in the 2011 earthquakes), writes Ogilvie in his book. Christian Movement (SCM). Then in 1971, The event was attended by Christchurch
gardener’s cottage, blacksmith shop, stables, Though to give Wilson some credit, who the building was tragically gutted by fire. A Mayor Lianne Dalziel, Caroline Murray, a
coach house, storage shed, and a dairy, on his was known to be public-spirited and capable of Cracroft Community Centre was formed, which great-great-granddaughter of John Cracroft
vast property. great kindness, he did built an accommodation rebuilt the House in 1979. Wilson, and Tim Scandrett, Spreydon-
Meanwhile, his Indian servants and their house for his workers where they lived like
Then 2011 happened. Cashmere Community Board member.
families lived in dwellings set into recesses on an extended family with stone quarried from
While the near-by Cracroft House was “The rebuilt Old Stone House is an integral
the eastern side of what is now called Shalamar Marleys Hill in 1870. Just like an old English
Drive. Some even went on to own land as well farm house, the accommodation, which came completely destroyed, the Old Stone House element of the city’s heritage, providing a
as keep their own hoof stock. to be known as the Old Stone House, had sustained significant damage. window to the past for future generations.
Living in a strange land with cold climate, storage and stables, cooking floor, eating and But like in the ‘70s, the community rallied While Christchurch has several impressive
and toiling day and night made survival difficult communal rooms, as well as sleeping quarters. again, and finally last month, the Old Stone stone buildings, the Old Stone House is the only
for some. “The Indians never seemed to be at This remained the case for almost 100 House was reopened to the community after one built for servants’ use,” Mr Scandrett said.



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Humm FM and Bhartiya Samaj host the biggest Holi in NZ


olours, food, music and dance sum up the biggest Holi
celebration in the country hosted at Three Kings Reserve
last weekend.
Humm FM 106.2 and Bhartiya Samaj Charitable Trust pulled
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in the Park’ Holi celebration on Saturday, March 3. More than
6,000 people were estimated to have visited the much anticipated
musical-fun event that started at noon until 7 p.m.
The event, besides being the most popular show in town, offered
more than one highlight to the audience. Food being the major
crowd pleaser, the event had 24 stalls camped on the ground, a

majority of which offered a range of amazing lip-smacking snacks

from the many cuisines of India.
Another big high point of the show was the medley dance
performance by the Humm FM team on the stage. DJs and RJs
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adding another feather to the party.
This year the High Commission of India to New Zealand Sanjiv
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Chancellery, High Commission of India, Sandeep Sood and Hon.
Consul of India, Bhav Dhillon.
The guests from Wellington accompanied Humm FM’s director
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Samaj Charitable Trust and other dignitaries such as MPs Michael
Wood, Priyanca Radhakrishnan, Kanwaljit Bakshi, Parmjeet
Parmar, former MP Mahesh Bindra, Puketapapa Local Board
Member Ella Kumar and other community leaders on the stage
wishing the audience the best of Holi.
Mr Kohli acknowledged the presence of the communities who
came together to celebrate the festival of colour and joy.
The event was led by the RJs of Humm FM and music provided
by renowned DJs from Auckland- DJ Jash, Shovic, Gizvelle, Razz
and Areeb who pulled the party till 7 p.m.
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Indian railway experts begin The rise in the price

of butter is due to
assessment of Fijian railway network the global increase
A in the price - AG
team of Indian Railway experts
has arrived in Fiji to undertake an

assessment of the Fijian railway ttorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum
network and recommend a plan of action for says the rise in the price of butter is due
upgrading the network to accommodate greater to the global increase in the price over
freight and passenger travel. the past year.
The team was dispatched to Fiji by the Indian While speaking on butter prices in
Ministry of Railways following a meeting parliament last week, Sayed-Khaiyum said that
between Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed- NFP Leader Professor Biman Prasad has been
Khaiyum and the Indian Minister for Railways, misleading people in the rural areas in Vanua
Piyush Goyal, during the World Sustainable Levu by claiming that the rise in the price of
Development Summit held in New Delhi, India butter has been driven by the government and
last month. government policies.
The technical team arrived in Fiji on February Sayed-Khaiyum says what Prasad told the
From Left: General Manager Rolling Stock Akhilesh Mishra, High Commissioner of India to Fiji Vishvas
27, 2018 and consists of General Manager for Sapkal, General Manager Special Projects Prem Ranjan Kumar, Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-
people of Vanua Levu is completely false.
Special Projects, Prem Ranjan Kumar, General General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Additional General Manager Transport and Economics Srikant Janbandhu, He says the reality is that the average landed
Manager Rolling Stock, Akilesh Misra, and Fiji Sugar Corporation Chief Operating Officer Navin Chandra, Director Policy and Research at Ministry of cost of butter slabs duty-free ranged from $13
General Manager for Transport and Economics, Sugar Industry Reshmi Kumari and Commerce Officer at the Indian High Commission Sachin Mehta. to $14.48 per kilogram in 2017 compared to
Skirkant Kanbandhu. $8.88 in the beginning of last year.
"And the introduction of cane, reduce their cartage costs and increase Sayed-Khaiyum says the reason is that the
Visit to Rarawai Sugar Mill
passenger travel will open their profit margins. price of butter worldwide has gone up as there
The technical team has already made a site is a huge demand for butter.
up Fiji in new ways that will “And the introduction of passenger travel
visit on Tuesday to the Rarawai Sugar Mill in There was an increase of 63% in the price
benefit tourism, agriculture, will open up Fiji in new ways that will benefit
Ba and will continue site visitations throughout because most of the milk producers in the world
tourism, agriculture, transportation and many
the Western Division during the week. transportation and many want to have higher value-added products from
other sectors of our growing economy.  
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum welcomed the expert other sectors of our growing milk as people want more cream or cheese.
“We are very keen to partner with the Indian
team to Fiji at a meeting yesterday in Suva He says Fiji Dairy imports majority of its
economy." Government on this project and look forward
where he stressed the enormous benefits of bulk requirements, which are butter slabs from
to receiving the full recommendation from the
upgrading railway infrastructure in Fiji. NZ with value addition done in Fiji.
immediate impact for our farmers, including technical team following the completion of
“Upgrading our railways systems to He says butter prices in New Zealand fully
our cane farmers, who will be able to cart more their assessment,” said the A-G.
accommodate greater freight will have an influence butter prices in Fiji.

Holi unites different backgrounds

The Attorney General says what we call
Rewa Butter is in fact already made in New
Zealand, and this has been done from the Sam

tudents and teachers of Nadi Primary Speight days. Sayed-Khaiyum clarifies that for
School from different backgrounds years, Rewa Dairy has always had protection,
came together on Thursday to celebrate and Rewa Dairy has always brought in bulk
Holi with colours and music. butter at zero duty.
Holi, commonly known as the festival of He says that in order to protect Rewa Dairy,
colours, is observed by all Hindus around there was a duty on fully packaged butter that
came from overseas and duty protection rate
the world. Head teacher Mala Singh said: “This
was 27%. In 2009 to salvage Rewa Dairy
programme will educate our children about
before the shares were divested, the duty was
Holi celebrations. Through this programme
increased to 32%.
the students will learn values in education.
Sayed-Khaiyum says Southern Cross Foods
“After the arrival of the indentured labourers, Limited that runs Fiji Dairy took on the $17
Holi has developed its strong roots in Fiji million debt from Rewa Dairy when they
and is becoming one of the most anticipated took over the company and they were given
festivals among the Fiji Indians. protection for certain products for a limited
“The message received is that when a "The period of time. Southern Cross Foods also had
person is honest and true to his or her message to invest in a farm themselves, chilling plants
task and values he or she will always received is that were set up in Ba and Lautoka, another two
Teachers and students of Nadi Primary School celebrate Holi last week
prosper. Wrong ways, unjust practices when a person is honest chilling plants will be set up in Nadroga and
and cruelty will lead to one’s downfall and true to his or her was on March 2. But despaired whether the fair-skinned Radha Yaqara and they had to invest in modernising
and suffering and end,” Mr Singh said. task and values he or schools, businesses and and other girls would like him because of his the plant and machinery within 3 years.
Holi is a festival of great joy and she will always religious groups held the dark skin. His mother, tired of the desperation, Sayed-Khaiyum says NFP has said that they
celebration. It is one the most fun filled prosper." celebrations one week earlier. asked him to approach Radha and colour her will remove the zero concession enjoyed by Fiji
religious festivals in the Hindu calendar Traditional songs were sung face in any colour he wanted. Dairy and allow all importers to compete on a
compared to other celebrations like Maha with much merrymaking. Similar This he did, and Radha and Krishna became level playing field.
Shivratri, Ram Naumi and Krishna Janam celebrations will enlighten homes including a couple. It was the begining of the use of The Attorney General questions what
Ashtami. the various Ramayan Mandali nationwide. colour in the painting of faces. will happen to the 350 dairy farmers if the
In Fiji, Holi like other religious observances, According to the Hindu books, there is a On the day of Holi, groups and mandali’s concessions for Fiji Dairy are removed and
has taken on a multiracial theme as people of symbolic myth behind commemorating Holi carry drums and other musical instruments, go what will happen if we rely on milk imports
when the global prices go up.
all races celebrate it together to bring about the in relation to Lord Krishna. The scriptures from house to house and even from street to
He stresses that the price of butter or fuel and
notion of peace and harmony. outline the reason for the use of colours during street to sing, dance and enjoy the events with
other items will go up if it is transported from
This year the final day of the celebrations the celebrations. Lord Krishna in his youth colours and sweets.
Viti Levu to Vanua Levu.

President receives New Zealand, Belgium envoys

resident Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji His extensive tertiary qualifications include Affairs and European Affairs and has served as
Konusi Konrote on Tuesday received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chinese language, Ambassador of Belgium to Malaysia.
the credentials of the New Zealand and Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Political After joining diplomatic service in 1988,
Belgium ambassadors to Fiji at Borron House Science from Canterbury University, Teaching Ambassador Mullie served at various
in Suva. Diploma (ATCL) in speech and Drama for permanent missions of Belgium and at the
New Zealand High Commissioner Jonathan Trinity College in London and postgraduate Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Andrew Curr and Belgium Ambassador to Fiji certificate in Strategic Studies from Victoria He has a Master of Law from Ghent
Marc Mullie presented their credentials after University of Wellington. University, Master in International and
inspecting a 25-member guard of honour by the Mr Curr has held various positions in European Law from Free University of Brussels
Republic of Fiji Military Forces. Wellington including as Development and Bachelor of Arts and Archaeology, Free
Prior to Mr Curr’s appointment he served as Programme Manager, New Zealand Agency for University of Brussels.
H.E President Major General (Ret’d) Jioji Konousi
Ambassador to Turkey and was also accredited International Development division. Konrote (right) with H.E Jonathan Andrew Curr Ambassador Mullie will be non-resident to
to the State of Israel, the Hashemite Kingdom Prior to Mr Marc’s appointment, he was the New Zealand’s High Commissioner to Fiji after the Fiji as he will be based in Canberra, Australia.
presentation of credentials.
of Jordon, Georgia and Republic of Azerbaijan. deputy head of the Office of Minister of Foreign
Thought of the week
"Dream, dream, dream. Dreams
transform into thoughts and
thoughts result in action"
Editorial –A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Six ways to win Auckland Weather forecast for the week

March 9 – March 15, 2018

at fundraising as Fri Sat Sun Mon Tues Wed Thu

a women start-up Reriods Cloudy, A Little A little Sunny and Sunshine Partly

of Rain Breezy, afternoon morning pleasant with a Sunny
a pm rain rain shower

tarting and scaling-up a business needs capital. Right capital, be it equity or debt 26° 24° 24° 24° 25° 23° 23°
or grant, can often be the critical difference between a successful business and 18° 18° 18° 18° 16° 16° 17°
the one that didn’t make it.
And yet, it looks like too few women are getting this capital.
Reports show that globally, and in India, the percentage of women founders raising This week in New Zealand’s history
venture capital ranges between two and seven per cent. At either end, the number is
abysmally low. 10 March 1869
You might think that for more stable businesses that go for debt funding, things will New Zealand Cross created
be better. But even there, the percentage of women getting funded appears to be less his medal was created because members of New Zealand’s colonial forces were not
than 10 per cent. eligible for the Victoria Cross. Only 23 were awarded, all to men who served in the New
Much is being said about the gender biases and the social structures that need to Zealand Wars, making it one of the world‘s rarest military honours.
change to ensure more women get funded. All of which helps move the needle.
But do you know what really leads to more women getting funded? It is more women 10 March 1995
getting funded. Success stories are also important because they are the true motivation
Auckland Warriors debut
to the next round of women sitting on the cusp of “should I do this”?
If you are one of those women founders who have decided to take the plunge and
are looking to raise funding, Simmi Sareen, CEO and Founder, Loans4SME has some
T he Auckland Warriors played their first match in the New South Wales Rugby League’s
expanded Winfield Cup competition.

top tips to help you on the journey:

12 March 1864
Be optimistic: Study after study has shown that women are too cautious when
talking about their future. There are risks to every business but when pitching to Arthur's Pass 'discovered'
investors, focus instead the best-case scenario for your business. Yes, things can and
will go wrong but when looking for funding, start with your most optimistic goal. T he summit of Arthur’s Pass over the Southern Alps between the headwaters of the Ōtira
and Bealey rivers marks the boundary between Canterbury and the West Coast.
The pass was known to Māori, who used it to bring pounamu (jade) across the Southern
Dream big in your pitch, in your business plan and in your financial model, then figure
out the resources to achieve your dreams. Alps. It was crossed for the first time by Europeans in 1864 and named after the surveyor
Be prepared: Look beyond the media hype and you will find that most of Arthur Dobson.
fundraising is boring stuff like business plans and documents. But this boring stuff is
what successful fundings are made of. 13 March 1956
So even before you head out for that first investor meeting, there is much you can do New Zealand's first test cricket victory
to set yourself up for success.
The business plan: Create a detailed business plan with a clear understanding of
financial data and the revenue/cost/customer numbers you are targeting month on
N ew Zealand was already 3–0 down in the series going into the fourth and final test at
Eden Park in Auckland. Their West Indies opponents included household names such
as Gary Sobers and Everton Weekes, who broke batting records for a New Zealand season.
month. I am often surprised by how little understanding entrepreneurs have of their
cash flows and how much funding their business actually needs. Indian Weekender : Volume 9 Issue 49
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Remember that Lijjat Papad, now a multi-billion enterprise, started with an 80 rupee
loan and a lot of guts. Capital helps, but having a great idea and staying the course on
execution is what really makes for a successful business.
The Indian Weekender Friday, March 9, 2018 NEW ZEALAND 17

Community leaders at Auckland Consulate

Members of Telangana Jagruthi NZ with HE Sanjiv Kohli Members of NZ Telugu Association with HE Sanjiv Kohli

Community members at the event Community members at the event

of Indian media in
NZ at the Press

Community leaders
interact with Indian High
Commissioner HE
Sanjiv Kohli
18 INDIA Friday, March 9, 2018 The Indian Weekender


Beti Bachao
he International Solar double over the next decade, its draft rime Minister Narendra Modi
Alliance (ISA), jointly “Ten Year Electricity Plan” calls for will launch the pan-India
launched by India and this rising demand to be met with 275 expansion of Beti Bachao
France at the UN Climate Change GW of renewable energy capacity by Beti Padhao (BBBP) programme
Conference over two years ago, is set 2027 -- without requiring new coal from here on Thursday to mark
to turn to the sun to brighten its future plants beyond those already under International Women’s Day.
with Prime Minister Narendra Modi construction. BBBP, which was launched by
and French President Emmanuel The cumulative solar capacity of Modi in 2015 at Panipat in Haryana,
Macron co-chairing its founding ISA member-countries is around 175 currently exists in 161 districts and
conference in the national capital. GW by end of 2017, around 44 per will be taken to 640 more.
A brainchild of Modi, the India- cent of the global capacity. Recently, Jhunjhunu attained a
based alliance – a coalition of 56 However, these are concentrated remarkable achievement from having
signatories to the ISA Framework in China, India and Australia the worst sex ratio at birth among
Agreement – aims at accelerating with 130 GW, 20 GW and 7 GW Rajasthan districts to attaining
deployment of solar energy by installations, respectively, or around minimum gender gap.
reducing costs and making adequate 90 per cent of all ISA member- According to the 2011 census, the
funding available for its rapid country solar capacity. Tracing ratio was 837 girls per 1,000 boys.
deployment in solar-rich member- ISA’s two-year journey, experts say After seven years, the sex ratio is 955
nations. the key milestones include the joint girls per 1,000 boys.
The ISA is a tremendous initiative declaration signed on October 6 last As Jhujhunu has led from the front
by India and France to accelerate year with the European Investment in converting BBBP campaign into
the inevitable technology-driven Bank to mobilise finance for a revolution, the scheme is being
renewable energy transformation of promoting solar energy. expanded, from this small town
the world’s electricity markets, Tim ISA aims to mobilise more than which has scripted a success story
Buckley, the Energy Finance Studies $1,000 billion in solar investments to nationwide, said Chief Minister
Director with the US-based Institute by 2030 to minimise fossil fuel Vasundhara Raje on Wednesday.
for Energy Economics and Financial dependence that help keep global Raje, who was here to review
Analysis, said. temperatures from rising above two final arrangements to accord a warm
The deflationary benefits of degrees Celsius by the end of the welcome to Modi, met several girl
renewable energy are an added century. students and requested them to
bonus to consumers worldwide and In the coming years, ISA could inspire and support At the last UN Climate Change participate in Thursday’s event in
the policy learning evident from several developed and developing countries to advance Conference (COP-23) in Bonn last big numbers. A Women and Child
India’s accelerated deployment are year, ISA presented the Common Development Ministry statement
exceptionally valuable as countries
on a clean energy pathway by lowering financing Risk Mitigation Mechanism, its first said: “The Prime Minister will
as diverse as Egypt, the Philippines costs, developing common standards and encouraging offering to deepen solar markets and interact with beneficiary mothers
and Thailand now embark on a knowledge sharing unlock finance for solar projects in and girl children and will distribute
similar journey, he said. developing economies. certificates to best performing
With the backing of nearly 121 The Common Risk Mitigation districts under BBBP programme.” 
member-countries rich in solar cumulative solar capacity, achieving at approximately 10.6 GW at year- Mechanism will create a global It added that Modi will also launch
energy, 26 have so far ratified ISA’s the milestone four years ahead of end 2017, with another 4.3 GW of solar market, boosting confidence the National Nutrition Mission ICDS
Framework Agreement. the 2022 target originally set in the tenders pending auction. in the international development Common Application Software
ISA became a treaty-based National Solar Mission. The share of coal-based power community and private and public nationwide on Thursday.
inter-governmental international It now aims to increase its solar plants in new installations declined institutional financiers. This mission strives to reduce
organisation on December 6, 2017, capacity to 100 GW by 2022. India’s significantly from 62 per cent in As part of the Mechanism’s under-nutrition and low birth weight,
registered under Article 102 of the solar installations in 2017 at 9,629 2016 to just 19 per cent in 2017, pilot phase, a $1 billion guarantee bring down anaemia among young
United Nations Charter. MW was more than double the 4,313 whereas solar power led with around could crowd in up to $15 billion of children, women and adolescent
Globally, India’s the third-biggest MW installed in 2016. 45 per cent of total power capacity investments for 20 GW of solar PV girls and to reduce the prevalence of
solar installer after China and the Its pipeline of utility-scale additions. capacity in more than 20 countries. stunting among children.
US. India has reached 20 GW projects under development stood While India’s power demand will

Arun Jaitley to contest Committed to win back

northeast's trust: Rahul
Rajya Sabha polls from Gandhi
Uttar Pradesh: BJP C
ongress President Rahul
Gandhi, who returned home

after a weekend trip to Italy,
inance minister Arun Jaitley will contest the Rajya on Monday said his party respected
Sabha elections from Uttar Pradesh while petroleum the mandate of the people of
minister Dharmendra Pradhan will do so from Tripura, Nagaland and Meghalaya
Madhya Pradesh, the BJP’s central election committee where the Congress failed to come
announced on Wednesday. to power in the recently-concluded
Jaitley is currently a Rajya Sabha member from Gujarat assembly polls.
and Pradhan from Bihar. In a tweet, Gandhi said the Congress had accepted the
The party announced the names of seven Union ministers mandate but would strive to win back the trust of the electorate
and one general secretary for the upcoming Rajya Sabha in the northeast.
polls in various states. "The Congress party respects the mandate of the people
The others will contest from the states they have been of Tripura, Nagaland and Meghalaya.We are committed to
elected from. strengthening our party across the northeast and to winning
Social justice minister Thawarchand Gehlot will contest back the trust of the people.
from Madhya Pradesh, law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad "My sincere thanks to each and every Congress worker who
from Bihar and health minister JP Nadda from Himachal toiled for the party," Gandhi tweeted in the aftermath of the
Pradesh, the party said in a statement. election results. Gandhi who has in Italy to meet his grand-
The other two Union ministers, Parshottam Rupala and mother when the election results were announced.
Manusukh Mandaviya, will contest from Gujarat. The Congress emerged as the single largest party with 21
Bhupender Yadav, the party’s general secretary, will seats in Meghalaya but drew a blank in Nagaland and Tripura.
Even in Meghalaya it didn't get enough numbers to form
again contest from Rajasthan.
government. The BJP which won two seats in the state cobbled
The terms of all seven leaders ends on April 2 and all are
together an alliance with National People's Party (19), UDP
set to be elected again.
(6), PDF (4), HSPDP (2) and independent (1) to form a
majority in the House of 60-member Assembly.
The Indian Weekender Friday, March 9, 2018 INDIA 19

Forbes India names 25 women

as ‘trailblazers’ in India
head of International
Women›s Day on March 8,
Forbes India has released a
its 'W-Power Trailblazers' issue this
weekend, featuring 25 women stars,
on the ascendency in business.
The 25 women stars included
names like Chiki Sarkar, publisher,
Juggernaut Books, Adhuna Bhabani,
founder-director, Bblunt, Anupriya
Acharya, CEO (India), Publicis
Media, Kavitha Sairam, co-founder,
FIB-SOL Life Technologies, Dina
Wadia and Shivpriya Nanda,
joint managing partners, J Sagar
Associates among others. Justice Gita Mittal to be
“We need to specify that this is not
a ranking but a qualitative selection conferred 'Nari Shakti' award
-- a grouping of ground breakers, elhi High Court acting are selected for these Puraskars.
game-changers and innovators Chief Justice Gita Mittal The Ministry of Women and
working across diverse sectors will be conferred with "Nari Child Development announces
such as technology, law, banking, Shakti Puraskar" on Thursday, a these national level awards for
statement said. eminent women, organisations and
insurance, media, biotech and the
Justice Mittal is one of the 30 institutions," it said.
startup sector,” Forbes India said in
individual awardees who have been A poster announcing the award
a statement.
selected for the Puraskar. read: "Justice Gita Mittal long
“Mandated quotas "Mandated of W-Power last year, a second At a recent gathering on advancing
"President Ram Nath Kovind will recognised that following a universal
smack of tokenism, quotas smack edition was imminent. women’s leadership in Mumbai, present awards at a special ceremony procedural approach in typical
and we have as of tokenism, and we This issue is Ginni Rometty spoke of how she to be held in Rashtrapati Bhavan courtroom trials involving sexual
many women have as many women unique because of the vehemently declined interview on International Women's Day on violence on women and children
who favour who favour reservations methodology used in requests for two years after being Thursday," the press statement said. severely impedes equal access
reservations as as those who would selection of the leaders. elevated to the top job at IBM. "To acknowledge women's to justice. It results in secondary
those who would like merit to be the We believe that this list Despite being the first woman to be achievements, the government of traumatisation during trial and further
like merit to be the decider." cannot be ranked hence we appointed CEO in the technology India confers Nari Shakti Puraskars exacerbates their victimisation."
decider,” said Brian adopt a qualitative approach,” giant’s 100-year history, Rometty on eminent women and institutions in "To address these procedural
Carvalho, Editor of Forbes said Joy Chakraborthy, CEO-Forbes held back. “I didn’t want to be recognition of their services towards bottlenecks and institutional barriers,
India, referring to the lack of women India and President-Revenue, labelled the first woman CEO. I just the cause of women empowerment. Justice Mittal as a judge of the
on company boards.  Network18. wanted to be a CEO,” she shrugged. "This year, 30 individual awardees Delhi High Court spearheaded the
With the overwhelming response The final list of 25 was identified “Judge me for my work, not for being and nine institutional awardees Vulnerable Witness Project," it said.
that we received for the first edition based on jury votes.  a woman.”
20 INDIA ABROAD Friday, March 9, 2018 The Indian Weekender

Defence cooperation among In LA museum,

see how Mughals
inspired iconic
India-Jordan: 12 agreements singed 17th Century

I Dutch painter
n keeping with New Delhi›s
increasing engagement with

West Asia, India and Jordan museum is launching an
signed 12 agreements, including exhibition “Rembrandt and
a memorandum of understanding the Inspiration of India”
(MoU) on defence cooperation, that reveals how the 17th Century
following a bilateral meeting Dutch painter was inspired by
between Prime Minister Narendra artists from a dramatically different
Modi and King of Jordan Abdullah II culture in a country thousands of
Ibn Al Hussein on Thursday. kilometres away.
The MoU is aimed at promoting The March 13-June 24 exhibition
cooperation between India and of paintings by Rembrandt
Jordan in the field of defence Harmenszoon van Rijn at the J. Paul
by defining the scope of such Getty Museum will include 23 of
cooperation and making provisions his works, closely based on portraits
for implementation of the cooperation made by artists from Mughal India.
in some of the recognised areas like “These drawings mark a striking
training, defence industry, counter- diversion for this quintessentially
terrorism, military studies, cyber Dutch ‘Golden Age’ artist, the only
security, military medical services time he made a careful and extensive
and peacekeeping, according study of art from a dramatically
to the Ministry of External different culture,” a J. Paul Getty
Affairs.  New Delhi- Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the King of Jordan Trust statement said.
The two sides also signed Abdullah II Bin Al-Hussein witness the exchange of MOUs at Hyderabad
The trust is an international
House in New Delhi on Mar 1, 2018.
a MoU on cooperation cultural and philanthropic institution
in the field of health and provides for cooperation IT professionals over a period of five devoted to the visual arts that
medicine. between India and Jordan years, and setting up of a resource includes the J. Paul Getty Museum,
The objective of this with a view to promote centre in India for training of master the Getty Research Institute, the
MoU is to establish and best practices in the trainers in the IT field from Jordan. Getty Conservation Institute, and
encourage cooperation in administration of contract Other agreements signed include the Getty Foundation.
the fields of health, medical employment of the Indian long-term supply of rock phosphate “Rembrandt may be one of the
science, medical education nationals in Jordan. and fertilisers to India, mutual most famous painters in European
and research on the basis of Jordan is home to more than assistance between India and art history but there are still
equality and mutual benefits in 10,000 Indians, who are employed Jordan to ensure proper application remarkable discoveries to be made
accordance with the respective in the textile, construction and of the customs legislations in the about his work,” said Timothy
legislations and regulations of India and manufacturing sectors, fertiliser two countries, cultural exchange Potts, director of museum.
and Jordan.  medication companies, health sector, universities, programme between the two “This exhibition is a case in point,
The various recognised areas of of tuberculosis and regulation IT and financial companies, countries from 2018 to 2022. demonstrating how Rembrandt
mutual cooperation include universal of pharmaceuticals and medical A MoU was also signed for setting King Abdullah arrived here on turned to the art of India to produce
health coverage, services and IT devices. up of a next generation centre of Tuesday on a three-day state visit.
some of his most exotic and
in health, health research, national Another agreement was signed excellence (CoE) in Jordan for This is his second visit to India after
intriguing images.
health statistics, diagnosis, treatment on manpower cooperation which training of at least 3,000 Jordanian his trip with Queen Rania in 2006.
"This vivid example of cultural

Indian architect Balkrishna Doshi wins 2018 Pritzker Prize

exchange reminds us how artists on
different continents take inspiration
from one another, a reality that of

ndian architect Balkrishna course continues to this very day.”
Doshi was awarded this year’s The exhibition pairs 20 of
Pritzker Prize for being able to Rembrandt’s surviving drawings
interpret architecture and transform depicting Mughal emperors,
it into buildings that respect Eastern princes, and courtiers with Indian
culture, at the same time that he has paintings and drawings of similar
improved the quality of life in his compositions, which had been
homeland, according to the judging brought to Amsterdam from the
panel’s statement. Dutch trading post in Surat.
The Pritzker Prize is regarded Rembrandt’s portraits reveal how
as architecture’s equivalent to the his contact with Mughal art inspired
Nobel Prize. Long considered to him to draw in a newly refined and
be one of India’s foremost living precise style.
architects and urban planners, Doshi “The critical eye and attentive
is widely known for designing curiosity Rembrandt turned towards
extensive low-cost housing projects Mughal portrait conventions still
and public institutions. captivates viewers today.
The judging panel said it "At this late stage in his career,
recognized the Pune-born architect around 1656-1661, this meticulous
for his “exceptional” work, his rendering is exceptional,” said
commitment and dedication to his Stephanie Schrader, the organiser of
country and its communities, the exhibition.
his influence as a professor "Over
The exhibition also examines
and for always being an the years,
how global trade and cultural
excellent example for Balkrishna Doshi
exchange impacted artists working
professionals and students has always created Balkrishna Doshi is the first from India to win architecture's highest honour
for Mughal emperors in India, who
the world over, Efe an architecture that is country and its “Doshi is acutely aware of the that his works are an extension were in turn inspired by Dutch and
reported. serious, never flashy people through high context in which his buildings are of his life, his philosophy and his Flemish printed images of European
“Over the years, or a follower of quality, authentic located. His solutions take into dreams, adding that he owes winning rules and scenes of daily life.
Balkrishna Doshi has always trends." architecture, he has account the social, environmental the coveted award to his “guru,” Among the treasures found in a
created an architecture that is created projects for public and economic dimensions, and Charles-Edouard Jeanneret - known Dutch East India ship, which sank
serious, never flashy or a follower of administrations and utilities, therefore his architecture is totally as Le Corbusier - with whom he en route to China in 1597, was a
trends,” the judging panel said educational and cultural institutions, engaged with sustainability,” the worked during the 1950s. He also package that contained 400 prints
“With a deep sense of responsibility and residences for private clients, panel - headed by Australia’s Glenn “humbly” thanked the judging panel by and after Dutch and Flemish
and a desire to contribute to his among others,” the statement added. Murcutt - said. Doshi, in turn, said for recognizing his work. artists.
The Indian Weekender Friday, March 9, 2018 SPORTS 21

Virat, Shikhar Dhawan in top-bracket of BCCI

contracts; MS Dhoni demoted, Shami on hold
irat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan and Jasprit and infidelity from his wife, is not among the The Grade B category contracts are worth Rs
Bumrah are among five players in contracted players. three crore, while those in Grade C are of Rs
the newly-introduced A+ category The batting troika of Kohli, Rohit Sharma, one crore.
of BCCI’s latest contracts. MS Dhoni and R and Shikhar Dhawan along with pacers The annual contracts are for the period from
Ashwin are in Group A whilst Mohammed Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah were October 2017 to September 2018.
Shami’s contract has been withheld for the time selected for the A+ category, which will ensure “The Committee of Administrators (CoA)
being. them annual contracts worth Rs seven crore was of the view that the performance and
Former Indian cricket team captain Mahendra each. position of Indian Cricket needs to be
Singh Dhoni and senior off-spinner R Ashwin Dhoni and Ashwin have been bracketed in the recognised with the fee structure comparable to
found themselves relegated from the top-paid A category along with Ravindra Jadeja, Murali the best in the world,” the BCCI said.
bracket with the BCCI today introducing an Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane and Chahal, Hardik Pandya, Ishant Sharma and Among the women, World Cup stars Mithali
A+ category in the central contracts for which Wridhhiman Saha. These seven players would Dinesh Karthik. Raj, Jhulan Goswami, Harmanpreet Kaur and
only five players, including skipper Virat Kohli, be eligible for a contract of Rs five crore. In Grade C will be Kedar Jadhav, Manish Smriti Mandhana have been kept in the top
were picked. Mohammed Shami, against whom The B category will feature KL Rahul, Pandey, Axar Patel, Karun Nair, Suresh Raina, bracket, under which the annual contract is
there are allegations of domestic violence Umesh Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Parthiv Patel and Jayant Yadav. worth Rs 50 lakh.

Injured Taylor
hammers career- RASS MEDIA p r e s e n t s
best 181 as NZ in association with

beat England
njury-hit Ross Taylor played through
the pain to score an unbeaten 181 and
remarkably seal a series-levelling five-
wicket win for New Zealand in the fourth one-
day international against England..
Taylor limped through much of his innings
in Dunedin after aggravating a thigh injury,
but batted on to compile a career-best innings
and make it 2-2 in the series with one to play.
New Zealand ended on 339 for five in reply to
England's 335 for nine, taking the five-match
series to a crunch decider in Christchurch.
Taylor scored 17 fours and six sixes as New
Zealand reached the target with three balls to
spare, wincing with pain after every shot in the
latter half of his innings.
His heroics in scoring his 19th ODI century
overshadowed a fine batting performance from
England, marred by a late collapse that cost
them dearly. Jonny Bairstow blazed his way
to 138 off 106 balls and Joe Root grafted out a
hard-fought 102 before England self-destructed Manish Tyagi
late in their innings.
New Zealand's chase then started disastrously Gaurav Gupta
when openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro
both went for ducks.
Kane Williamson and Taylor rebuilt with an
84-run partnership before England's star all- Maheep Singh
rounder Ben Stokes dismissed the New Zealand
captain at 45 in the 17th over.
Taylor and Tom
Latham then
injury came
combined for
when he was on 109
a 187-run
and had to dive to avoid
with Latham a run-out, inflaming the
contributing 71. thigh strain that forced
Taylor's injury him out of the previous
came when he match in the series
was on 109 and had
to dive to avoid a run- out,
inflaming the thigh strain that forced him out of
the previous match in the series. Unable to run
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Anardana Chicken
A delicious dry-style chicken snack
with pomegranate powder Genius kitchen hacks you wish
F someone had told you before
resh ruby-red pomegranates
(anardana) have an intensely

flavoured nectar encasing the seed orking in the kitchen can sometimes be a hassle where
pods, which burst in crunchy bites with certain tasks are just too frustrating for one to complete.
each mouthful. Gentle air-drying makes In that case, there are a few hacks that make even the
the taste more like molasses, adding a most redundant or difficult of tasks look easy. They will
depth of flavour and brightness. In this definitely save a lot of time and efforts on your side.
recipe, dried and ground pomegranate Peeling, cutting, removing
is used to infuse the chicken with a 1. When you drop bits of eggshells in
delightfully tangy sourness. Slow- the batter of cracked eggs, remove it
cooking the pomegranate powder with with the other half of the eggshell
the chicken deepens its flavour even instead of using a spoon for
more. wasting as little egg batter as
Preparation Time: 5 min 2. You can separate the
Marination Time: 1 hour to ovenight yolk from the egg white
Cooking time: 45b min in a batter with the
Serves: 8 help the marinade soak in. • Heat the oil in a large heavy- help of a plastic bottle.
Taste: Medium • Whisk yoghurt in a large bowl, add bottomed or electric frying pan Gently squeeze the
pomegranate powder, meat masala on medium heat. Add the chicken bottle as you place
INGREDIENTS: powder, cumin powder, garam drumsticks along with their the mouth above the
• 12 medium-sized chicken masala powder, red chili powder, marinade and fry, turning often, batter. As it reinflates
drumsticks (about 1.5kg) oil and salt. Stir to combine. Add until they are cooked through, about with air, it will scoop
• 2 cups thick plain yoghurt or Greek the chicken and mix to coat well. 15–20 minutes. There is no need the yolk right up.
yoghurt Cover and place in the refrigerator to add more liquid as the chicken 3. To peel citrus fruits
• 4 Tbsp pomegranate powder to marinate for at least one hour, will cook in its own juices and the like sweet limes and
• 3 Tbsp meat masala powder ideally overnight. marinade. oranges without the
• 1 Tbsp cumin powder OVEN METHOD • Serve with lemon wedges and Mint mess and frustration, roll
• 1 tsp garam masala powder Preheat oven to 200oC Chutney the sides the fruits or microwave
• 1 tsp red chilli powder • Line a large baking tray with a foil RUBY'S TIP: To test if the chicken them for a minute for easy
• 1 Tbsp oil for marinade to catch any drips. Lay a wire rack is ready, insert a meat thermometer peeling. Rolling the fruit
• Salt, to taste over the foiled tray and arrange the into the thickest part of the drumstick, also helps in efficient juicing
• 2 medium lemons, cut into wedges marinated drumsticks in the center making sure you do not hit a bone. When as more of the liquid comes out.
• 2 Tbps oil for basting of the oven and cook for 20-30 the temperature reaches 74ºC/160ºF 4. Instead of cutting the lemon in
• 2 Tbps oil for cooking minutes. Just turn it once, basting the chicken is safely cooked through. half if you want to use it only a few
with oil and return to oven for Generally speaking, there should be no drops of lemon juice, puncture the fruit
METHOD another 15-20 mins until cooked pink meat in the centre and the juices with a metal skewer and squeeze out exactly
• Carefully prick the chicken through. what you require. 
should run clear.
drumsticks all over with a fork, to STOVE-TOP METHOD 5. Peeling ginger with a spoon is easier. 

Samosa is healthier than burger

Samosa vs burger: Which is less unhealthy? they are made with vegetables and spices and

ll the samosa lovers out there, this no cheese or sauce with added preservatives are
news will make the foodie in you used. Even though samosas are deep fried and
happier. You can gorge on samosas would come across as super unhealthy, they are
without feeling guilty as they are supposed to still better than burgers.The survey states that
be a healthier option as compared to burgers, the ingredients of the samosa such as wheat
according to a recent report. We Indians cannot flour, cumin, boiled potatoes, peas, salt, chilies,
do without good food. Be it cheese loaded pasta spices, vegetable oil or ghee are mostly made of
or deep fried pakoras, we love to indulge in chemical-free ingredients. Calories
them despite knowing they are unhealthy. CSE Fresh ingredients While samosa has around 308 calories, a Diseases’ further mentions other Indian foods
has come forward to lessen our guilt to some From dough to potatoes, onions and ginger- burger’s calories may vary from 295-500, such as sauces that are made from natural
extent. The favorite Indian ‘chai’-time snack, garlic that go into the samosa are fresh, unlike depending on the type of burger you are having ingredients and fresh juices that are a mixture
samosa has won the battle officially! burger that uses pre-baked bread, pattis, which and the amount of cheese and mayo you are of fruit and water are also better than noodles
No preservatives has been made in advance and other packed using in it. and canned juices that contain thickening
Samosas are better as compared to burgers as products like mayo, ketchup etc. The report titled ‘Body Burden: Lifestyle agents, synthetic food colors and added flavors.
The Indian Weekender Friday, March 9, 2018 TIME OUT 23
1. What is the name of a
medicinal mud? Fango
2. What do you call a native of
Kenya? Kenyan
3. What is the official language
in Kosovo? Albanian
4. Which weekday is domingo
in Spanish and dimanche in
French? Sunday
5. What do you call a
motorcycle with four
wheels? Quad
6. How do you say AIDS in
French? Sida
7. What is the meaning of
the Arab word Habibi?
8. What does the abbreviation
GPS mean? Global
Positioning System
9. What is the most spoken
language in the world?
Chinese language
10. What does the abbreviation
SMS mean? Short Message
11. What is another word for
wall painting or mural?
12. Which language group
includes Irish, Welsh and
Breton? Celtic languages
13. What is the meaning of the
following abbreviation:
IBM? International Business
SUDOKU NO: 7 Machines
14. What is the islamic term for
fast? Ramadan
15. What is the much nicer name
for the dung beetle, which
was used in the ancient
Egypt? Scarab
16. What is the Turkish word
for lamb? Kebab
17. What is the Spanish word
for black? Negro
18. What does glasnost mean in
Russian politics? Openness
19. What does the name of the
Russian newspaper Pravda
mean? Truth
20. What does the Latin proverb
-Errare Humanum est-
mean? Err is human
21. To which language is
Portuguese closely related?
Spanish language
22. What word is used in Hawaii
both to greet and to say
goodbye? Aloha
23. What is the singular of
Scampi? Scampo
24. Which is the world s second
largest French-speaking
city? Montreal (Canada)

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HITORI NO: 7 See how many differences you can find in the right or left photo.
Hitori – a logic puzzle with very simple them in Black.
rules and challenging solutions. Can You are not allowed to have two
you eliminate numbers until there are Black squares touching horizontally
no duplicates in any row or column? or vertically (diagonally is ok).
Objective / Rules Any White square can be reached
Eliminate numbers until there are from any other (i.e. they are
no duplicates in any row or column. connected).
Eliminate numbers by marking
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chilling. The formations and the movements -
they were menacing, demonic and electrifying.
Additional music by Italian composer
Vincenzo Lamagnathat infuses electronica and
percussions along with excerpts from original
score helps build the tension and the crescendo.
Performed by The Auckland Philharmonic
Orchestra under the able baton of Gavin
SWAROOPA UNNI Sutherland, their musicianship was a delight.

hat a weekend it was! Based in The set design with its wall that turns and rolls
Dunedin, I flew to Auckland to has its own personality and place in this world
witness the grand opening of the of migrant/refugee politics. This was designed
Auckland Arts Festival 2018. I booked my by Oscar-winning Tim Yip of Crouching Tiger,
tickets and flights early to watch Akram Khan’s Hidden Dragon fame.
Giselle. With my hectic work and artistic life, I This story with different layers is relevant to
was looking forward to watching a world class today’s scenario of inequality in the world - the
act to and to get inspired. And did it inspire me? powerful and the powerless, the wealthy and
Let us find out. is cunning and keeps changing his allegiance fiancé Bethilde among them. Meanwhile, the poor, the oppressor and the oppressed and
I rushed into the theatre along with two of between the Landlords and the Outcasts for his Giselle tries to examine the fabric Bathilde the marginalisation of migrants/refugees. Being
my friends who were Bangladeshi-Kiwis just own and community’s profit. Don’t we see this wears as she recognizes it as her work. Bathilde a South Asian migrant in New Zealand it was
before the theatre doors were closed. This was in us humans in the present world? removes one of her gloves and throws it on the exciting to see this perspective and felt that our
their first time at a ballet performance. I did As the curtains open, we see an arresting floor for Giselle to pick it up. An example of voices were being represented.
read up a little bit about the performance so I image of monotone costume clad (interestingly, how the powerless are treated. Choreographer Akram Khan is a UK based
knew what was coming. But my friends were the male dancers wear tunic and tights) dancers The Landlord gives a command, and the Bangladeshi origin dancer and his movements
expecting dancers in their tutus with elaborate against a wall with hand prints etched on it. Outcasts encircle Giselle along with Hilarion are abstract and the right fusion of classical
set designs and I didn’t let them know that it They seem to be pushing it. Albrecht, dressed who takes her down. This is a fascinating and contemporary. Culturally rich and the
could be different from what they expected. We as one of the migrant factory workers, and scene as the dancers move in close circles narratively powerful the cast and crew gives a
quickly settled in and soon the lights dimmed Giselle break into a dance. fluctuating up and down and sideways. For a gripping performance.Also, it has to be noted
signaling the start of the performance. The rest of the dancers join in with energetic, moment, Giselle rises up through the dancers, that this is the most ethnically diverse cast of
Sticking to the crux of the original Giselle powerful movements inspired by Kathak, folk aching, filled with agony, reaching, falling, and dancers that I have ever seen perform ballet in
plot (which can be read online), Akram Khan’s and ballet dances. shattering down to a lifeless body as dancers New Zealand.
version tells us the story of Giselle as one It was exciting to see the perfect disperse. The Landlords retreat beneath It was indeed inspiring to see a new
among the community of migrant garment Alapadmams, Brahmarams, Simhamukhams the Wall. perspective to Giselle – a perspective
factory workers who are referred to as the and Hamsasyams – all hand gestures from In Act II, a wrecked, abandoned ‘ghost’ challenging the socio-economic and political
Outcasts. Indian dance traditions fused into this factory is revealed. Myrtha (Sarah Kundi), norm that exists in the world that we live now.
They aredispossessed of their jobs after production. These movements resembled the Queen of the Wilis summons Giselle from her We need more of this in this world.
factory’s closure, and separated by a high wall. laborious work that they would have done at the lifeless body.  Swaroopa Prameela Unni is a performing
Giselle (a brilliant Crystal Costa) is a strong factory - repetitive, intense and full of strength. The pas de deux in Act II between Albrecht artist/ choreographer and Bharatanatyam
woman with hope while Albrecht (James The scene is interrupted by the unexpected and Giselle is intense, sensuous, raw and educator who founded Natyaloka School
Streeter) is resilient and torn between his two arrival of the Landlords. Their costumes are ethereal. We feel the love between them. The of Indian Dance in Dunedin. Swaroopa has
worlds. Hilarion(a fantastic Ken Saruhashi) over the top, loud and glittery and exude choreographic sequence of Myrtha and the performed at several prestigious dance
on the other hand loves Giselle secretly. He ruthlessness. Albrecht tries to hide seeing his Wilis with their Bamboo props as weapons is festivals across India and New Zealand. 

Geet In
enice has been known as the
“LaDominante,” “Queen of
the Adriatic,” “City of Water,” “City
of Masks,” “City of Bridges,” “The Floating
City,” and “City of Canals.”
It’s a beautiful dream you do not wish to wake
upfrom. It’s truly like a watercolour painting
that a camera can never do justice to. One of
the most beautiful placesever visited. Beautiful
as it looks, you can easily get lost in the maze Basilica!The architecturally beautiful church.
of canals, small streets, whimsical bridges, and Very much inviting, it was originally the Doge’s notice it in every corner.There are so many beautiful and romantic moment, had dejavu
colourful buildings. private chapel, decorated with art treasures galleries, museums and church/cathedrals you Bollywood Movie moment truly majestic,
Land of Marco Polo, Casanova etc. If you are brought back by Venetian ships after the fall of could wander through all day long throughout cruising through the little Canals leads you
big fan of history, like me, this will bring back Constantinople. Venice. We visited The Palazzo Ducale/ Doge’s to Canale Grande (Grand Canal),Venice even
all those memories of Hollywood movies based This is themost popular tourist stops in Palace and saw the grandeur of it.We weren’t better at dawn and we truly got immersed in
on Renaissance times.  Venice and is free.You will notice its uneven really allowed to take pics inside, so we only the scene.Reached Ponte dell’ Accademia,this
Journey began ….. took Water Taxi to reach floor because it is sinking (Venice might got a couple but these will give you an idea of is one of the four bridges over the Grand Canal.
Venice from Mainland.  Vanish soon, this is one manmademarvel, once how grand it is! The view from bridge is amazing.
First Impression…….Incredible financial capital of the world, originated from Must see place in Venice is theMurano Glass When you visit, do try Alfredo’s Fresh Pasta-
A short walk will take you to St. Mark’s marshlands). All around you can see lots with factorywhere they demonstrate the ages-old To-Go you can’t really go wrong with any
Square (Piazza San Marco),a very large square, little stories associated with them like the tall art of Venetian glass blowing and creating pasta/sauce combo that you choose but Creamy
with heaps of tourists husting bustling in mid columns from Constantinople with winged masterpieces (do bring one back as souvenir). Broccoli Alfredo Sauce with the Fettuccini
of Feb, which means cold but sun was shining Lions on them. Just right down the way from There would be lot of people dressed up as noodles and of course Italian Panini with Coffee
on us. This Square is called Venice’s Living St. Marks is the Bridge of Sighs Why is it olden day’s venetians for photo opportunities, shot or Tuscany Wine highly recommended.
Roomwith lot of shops and cafés with inside called the Bridge of Sighs?The view from the make the most of it.Venice will keep you Overall, Venice was one of my favourite
and outside seating(Coffee cost you more if you Bridge of Sighs was the last view of Venice occupied, not even a single dull moment. stops in Italy! It is such  a magical, romantic
sit outside in square i.e.: entertainment tax). that convicts would see before taken into the Now comes the best part the Gondola Ride. place with so much to do and see and never to
You can see lots of pigeons here they will come prison. Go on top of Piazza San Marco for a We hopped on one and icing on the cake was be forgotten.
and sit on you, your arm, head– very thrilling. bird’s eye view of Venice. Be prepared to walk Musicians along singing romantic songs while Geetanjali is a technosavy travel
Just around the square is Saint Mark’s a lot in Venice. Venice is full of gems, you will we enjoy the ride in the Canals it was the most enthusiast hungry for creativity
The Indian Weekender Friday, March 9, 2018 FEATURES 25

Samsung's Galaxy S9 has

a great secret feature March 9 to 15 March | By Manisha Koushik
Manisha Koushik is a practicing astrologer, tarot card reader, numerologist, vastu and fengshui
consultant based in India with a global presence through the online channels. She is available for
consultations online as well. E-mail her at support@askmanisha.com or contact
at +91-11-26449898 Mobile/Whatsapp: +919015607139 • www.askmanisha.com
ARIES (Mar 21-Apr 20)
You may take the initiative of discussing your future with the one you love. Your
monetary situation may get shaky, as you make it a habit of overstepping the
budget. Attempts to appease a superior at work may prove counterproductive.
Joining a gym or starting an exercise regime is indicated for some and will help
bring them back in shape. Lucky Number: 4 / Lucky Colour: Viole
TAURUS (Apr 21-May 20)
Tone down your expectations from others as you may not be on their priority
list. An off mood lover will need your loving care to be brought into mood.
Pressure from the senior may press your domestic commitments. Something just
doesn’t seem right at the present moment, so take the next step only once you are
satisfied. Spend some time on the treadmill to shed your extra calories. Lucky
Number: 11 / Lucky Colour: Light Brown
GEMINI (May 21-Jun 21)
Too much work and little rest may play havoc with your health. Don’t take hasty
decisions on the financial front that might leave you regretting later on. Try being
satisfied with your current profile as a job switch now isn’t a good idea. Suitable
returns can be expected in a property transaction. A fitness tip given by someone
can benefit you, only if you adhere to it. Lucky Number: 9 / Lucky Colour:

CANCER (Jun 22-Jul 20)
amsung’s Galaxy S9 has been hit by (5.86 x 2.68 x 0.31-inch), 155g (5.36oz)
You may find spouse a bit overbearing, but he or she will have a reason for
a nasty pricing problem, but if you • Galaxy S9 - 147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5 mm (5.81 it.  You may be called upon to undertake a task which will raise your image
are prepared to splash out regardless x 2.70 x 0.33-inch), 163g (5.75 oz) on the social front. Carrying on with the task entrusted to you at work will not
there’s good news. Samsung didn’t announce • Galaxy S8 Plus - 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm pose much difficulty. Some of you may get involved in preparing for something
it at the launch, but the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy (6.00 x 3.09 x 0.31-inch), 173g (6.10 oz) important on the academic front. Improper handling of funds needs to be guarded
S9 Plus both hide a great secret feature… • Galaxy S9 Plus - 158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm against. Lucky Number: 7 / Lucky Colour: Lemon
‘Great Secret Features’and ‘Nasty Surprises’ (6.22 x 2.91 x 0.33-inch), 189g (6.67 oz) LEO (Jul 21-Aug 22)
are my regular columns investigating the best • Ultimately this Things may not be going your way on the social front, so don’t press your luck.
features / biggest problems hidden behind the Not much headway is likely to be made at work for those involved in a time
headlines. consuming project. Expressing your inner feelings is likely to create a special
bond with lover. Solutions offered for a health problem may not prove effective;
Samsung a doctor’s guidance is must. Lucky Number: 8 / Lucky Colour: Violet
Samsung's Galaxy S9 and
VIRGO (Aug 23-Sep 23)
Galaxy S9 Plus has much
Finding a superior in good mood can encourage you to project your request.
stronger than they look Money given in good faith will be returned with interest. It is best to steer clear of
While you may have to gossip mongers, as you can end up getting mired in a controversy on the family
pay more for Samsung’s new front. Good preparation blended with luck may find you sailing smoothly on the
Galaxy smartphones than you academic front the coming week. Lucky Number: 5 / Lucky Colour: Forest
hoped, it seems you could save Green
money when it comes to repair LIBRA (Sep 24-Oct 23)
bills. Despite having similar Those posted out of town may find it difficult to get leave to spend time with
looks to last year’s Galaxy S8 family. Don’t leave anything to chance on the professional front, as you can
and Galaxy S8 Plus, SamMobile find yourself at the receiving end. Stress-induced fluctuating moods may prove
has discovered both new models detrimental for your love life. Remaining well prepared at all times will help
are substantially tougher. in sidestepping disaster on the academic front. Lucky Number: 18 / Lucky
Here’s are the three major changes: Colour: Chocolate
1. All New Aluminium Core SCORPIO (Oct 24-Nov 22)
2. Firstly Samsung has swapped Keeping excellent health will not pose much difficulty for those suffering from a
out the phones’ core aluminium lifestyle disease. Someone you are attracted to may make the first move, so expect
chassis. Out goes aluminium a whirlwind romance to sweep you off your feet the coming week! Keep your
compound AL 6013 and in speed in check on the road. Be prompt in discharging whatever responsibility
comes AL 7003, which is a is given to you on the professional front. Lucky Number: 5 / Lucky Colour :
lot less prone to warping and
deforming under pressure. But SAGITTARIUS (Nov 23-Dec 21)
this is just the start. A trip abroad may be delayed due to some unforeseen reasons. Students will be
3. Increased Drop Protection able to seek guidance to overcome academic difficulties. Some new procedures
4. Next is a subtle change to the metal instituted at work may prove a hindrance rather than a help. You are on the path
isn’t much of to achieving financial security by switching to saving mode. Someone is likely
rim on both the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy a compromise when Samsung has also to steal the limelight from you on the social front. Lucky Number : 1 / Lucky
S9 Plus. It is 0.2mm thicker but, in found space to retain the headphone jack Colour: Maroon
combination with AL 7003, it transfers and microSD card as well as IP68 dust
20% less shock to the precious glass CAPRICORN (Dec 22-Jan 21)
and water resistance - even though their Curb your tendency of not eating right to avoid ill health. Your expectations
display when dropped. battery life has concerns. from someone in the family may be dashed by his or her negative response.
5. More Durable Display • Hopefully, these changes will inspire Frustrations and disappointments in your current relationship cannot be ruled
6. While smartphones always pickup Apple to do the same, especially given out and may even make you look outwards. Clearing a tough competition or
bumps, scratches and scuffs, the one that the major iPhone price increasesit is examination is possible for some on the academic front. Lucky Number: 22 /
really hurts is a cracked display. To this going to make… Lucky Colour: Pink
end Samsung has made both Galaxy S9
AQUARIUS (Jan 22-Feb 19)
and Galaxy S9 Plus displays 20% thicker
Don’t take it easy on the academic front, as you can easily spoil your chances. .
than the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, Something that has been bugging you on the professional front is likely to get
bumping their front glass thickness value resolved. Some complications are foreseen in matters related to property. Getting
from 0.5T to 0.6T. into a romantic mood may be difficult, as you have too many things on your
mind. Taking up a workout routine will be in your interest. Lucky Number: 8 /
Samsung Lucky Colour: Brown
Samsung's Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus
can take a beating PISCES (Feb 20-Mar 20)
Things brighten up on the romantic front, as someone catches your fancy.
The only downside to these moves is it
Financially, things may not look too bright as expenses rise. There is a risk of
increases the bulk of both models, even things coming to a standstill on the professional front, but you will find a way to
though their slightly smaller bezels make get started once again. Some more hard work is required for achieving what you
them fractionally shorter overall: have set out for on the academic front. Lucky Number : 11 / Lucky Colour :
• Galaxy S8 - 148.9 x 68.1 x 8.0 mm Light Brown
26 ENTERTAINMENT Friday, March 9, 2018 The Indian Weekender

Shashi Kapoor, Sridevi remembered at Oscars

ndian cinema icon Shashi Kapoor child artist. He passed away in December
and India’s first female superstar 2017. Sridevi, known for her ability to
Sridevi were honoured at the 90th slip into myriad roles, expressive eyes,
Academy Awards ceremony during the “In sheer comic timing and her fluid
Memoriam” montage. dancing skills, died on February 24.
The Indian stars got a musical tribute Her death left everyone shocked,
by Eddie Vedder who took the stage and saddened. They were
to sing Tom Petty’s Room at the top. included in the annual montage
Actress Jennifer Garner introduced the along with stars such as John
segment by paying tribute to late star Son of Prithviraj Kapoor and younger Heard, Tony Anne Walker,
Audrey Hepburn. brother of Raj Kapoor and Shammi Jane Foray, Robert Osborne, Martin
“There is no joy without sorrow,” Garner Kapoor, Shashi Kapoor made his Landau, Glenne Headly, Roger
said, and then acknowledged the loss of debut in Bollywood with the 1961 Moore, George A. Romero and Jerry
film world with the departed souls. film “Dharmputra after working as a Lewis.

OSCAR 2018
Oscars 2018: Complete list of winners
The Shape of Water Allison Janney, I, Tonya DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE)
Frances McDormand, Three Billboards A Fantastic Woman COSTUME DESIGN
Outside Ebbing, Missouri PRODUCTION DESIGN Phantom Thread, Mark Bridges
Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water Production Design: Paul ROLE
ORIGINAL SONG Denham Austerberry; Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards
"Remember Me” from Coco Set Decoration: Shane Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson- Vieau and Jeff Melvin
Lopez and Robert Lopez SOUND MIXING
Dunkirk, Hans Zimmer Weingarten, Gregg
The Shape of Water, Alexandre Desplat Landaker, and Gary A.
Blade Runner 2049, Roger A. Deakins SOUND
Get Out, Written by Jordan Peele Dunkirk,
The Silent Child
Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405
Dunkirk, Lee Smith
Dear Basketball
The Indian Weekender Friday, March 9, 2018 ENTERTAINMENT 27


Aamir Khan on writing a book:
If I write, it would be about the
challenges I faced in my life
Sridevi was her own competition and career
ridevi was her own competition and she had set goal for herself at every step oday, at the book launch
in her life, said Jayaprada, who worked with her in many movies. event of Rajkumar Hirani’s
“When we worked together in films, we used to compete against each wife Manjeet Hirani. Aamir
other. It was a healthy competition,” recalled Jayaprada while paying rich tributes to was a special guest. He was asked
Sridevi at a condolence meeting. if he writes a book, what would it
Jayaprada recalled that they acted together in 15 Telugu and Hindi movies and be about. Aamir Khan is touted as
whenever they had to appear in combination, there used to be competition, be it Mr Perfectionist of Bollywood. The
delivering a dialogue or giving an expression. talented actor has stood by his title
The former MP along with several personalities from Telugu film industry paid with the amount of work he has done
their tributes to Sridevi at a condolence meeting organised by film producer and in the movie industry. His conviction
politician T. Subbarami Reddy. and determination to his films are
Sridevi died last week in Dubai due to accidental "She wanted to the biggest proof of his incredible
drowning at a hotel bathtub. Her mortal remains were see her daughter performances.
cremated in Mumbai on Wednesday after several fans The actor is currently busy shooting
and film fraternity paid their last respects. She was 54.
Jhanvi becoming
for Thugs of Hindostan. The film the time I was seven, I remember
In a career that lasted 50 years, Sridevi acted in 300 a good actor like also stars Amitabh Bachchan, Fatima reading Trade Guide, and other box-
films in various languages including Tamil, Telugu, her. She, however, Sana Shaikh and Katrina Kaif in office journals.
Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi. Some of her iconic left us before "We would check out the figures
vital roles.
films include Sadma, Nagina, Mr India, Khuda Gawah, of dad’s films, and there would be
watching her  Today, he unvieled Rajkumar
Jagadeka Veerudu Athiloka Sundari, Kshana Kshanam a circuit-wise breakup. Within the
Hirani’s wife Manjeet Hirani’s book.
and Govinda Govinda. Jayaprada said she still daughter making industry, the [box-office] knowledge
At the event, he was asked that
could not believe that Sridevi is no the debut." was always there, since cinema has
what would be the book about if he
longer amidst them. “When I woke always been around as a business.”
writes it.
up to watch the television, it was a big shock not just for the  Aamir further added, “Today,
On this, he said, “I have not
film industry and her fans but for all the people,” she said. mainstream media is picking up box-
thought about writing a book. But
Recalling her association with the late actress, Jayaprada office figures, and that’s a choice
if I would do, it would be about my
said she believes that it was her good fortune that she you’re making.
life and career. It would be about the
got an opportunity to work with Sridevi. She said the In small towns, for instance,
challenges. Right now, I am so busy
loss was irreparable. when people didn’t know box-office
with my films that I can not get the
Jayaprada said Sridevi was a caring mother. “She numbers, one way to gauge stardom
wanted to see her daughter Jhanvi becoming a good was if people had begun copying
When asked about a biopic on him,
actor like her. She, however, left us before watching an actor’s haircut. True? There are
he said, “ My life is boring.” 
her daughter making the debut.” many yardsticks for measuring how
 Rajkumar Hirani, here, added,
Veteran actor Krishnam Raju recalled that he acted popular a star is.
“Who wouldn’t want to make a film
with Sridevi in 4 to 5 films. Copying style is one of them.
on Aamir. He is writing his own book
“She always used to call me sir. She had lot of respect I remember when Mr Bachchan
from the last 50 years. Let’s see.”
for her seniors. She did not use to even sit in front of became a huge star, I wanted to get
Earlier, during an interaction
elders,” he said. Subbarami Reddy, who co-produced two bell-bottoms made like his. For me,
with a leading tabloid, spoke about
movies Chandini and Lamhe featuring Sridevi, recalled his long it is essentially about how many
the parameters to judge anyone’s
association with Sridevi. He was even planning a function to mark seats one fills.
stardom in the early 90s.
Sridevi’s 50 years in films.The MP said Sridevi was not just a great actor but It means that people love you and
He said, “Back in the ‘90s when
was also a good human being, a loving wife and caring mother. your work, and now they want to go
there wasn’t so much talk about
Veteran actor Babu Mohan, who could not make it to meeting, sent his and experience it. That’s important.”
box-office numbers, how could you
condolence message.
tell someone is finally a star? From

India living in many centuries Youths need leaders who

empower their voice: Dia
simultaneously: Shabana A ctress-activist Dia Mirza, impressed

by Canadian Prime Minister Justin
eteran actress-activist “We talk about education, but often
Trudeau, says young people need leaders
Shabana Azmi says people education re-enforces the gender
to help them recognise the power of their
in India are simultaneously stereotype and role play,” added the
voice. Dia, who met Trudeau last month
living in different centuries in various actress, who also stressed that the
in Delhi as the UN Goodwill Ambassador
parts of the country. definition of masculinity needs to be
for India, was floored to see how "well he
Shabana, Central Board of Film changed.
knows young minds".
Certification (CBFC) member Vani Tikoo thinks the conversation
"His keynote speech followed by his interaction with us was
Tripathi Tikoo and filmmaker Divya could have been outdated if there
indicative of how well he knows young minds. His answers were
Khosla were among those who would have been equal opportunity
evocative of empathy, a desire to help each person in the audience
gathered at the Ficci Frames 2018 everywhere. 
understand the role every person can play to inspire leadership,"
for a panel discussion. Considering “The conversation holds relevance.
Dia said in a statement. "Young people need leaders to help them
the presence of women at workplace The idea of a woman being as good
recognise the power of their voice," she added.
increasing in India and, at the same as a man to compete should
time, the incidence of sexual "The be stopped but why Navraj Hans happy with
violence growing, is gender idea of a to compare? The
woman being
positive reaction to 'Mundiyan'
equality an outdated topic competition should
of conversation? 
“Firstly, let’s
as good as a man
to compete should
be stopped but why
be with oneself and
not with a man. 
N avraj Hans, son of celebrated folk
singer Hans Raj Hans, has lent his
voice to the recreation of Mundian to bach
acknowledge the fact that to compare? The “Who says
ke song for Baaghi 2. He is happy with
India is living in many competition should be they are supreme?
the positive reaction to its new version.
centuries in different with oneself and not Therefore, I think
Recreated by Sandeep Shirodkar and sung
parts of the country with a man. " unless we are
by Navraj and Palak Muchhal, the song
simultaneously. breaking away from the
titled Mundiyan features actors Tiger Shroff
Yes, we have a woman President, stereotypical idea of gender
and Disha Patani. "I am so happy with the reactions that I am
woman Prime Minister, woman and role play set by the society and
getting on the song. I am glad this song came up to me. This is the
politicians, but at the same time there culture, the constant conversation on
second time I have sung for Tiger Shroff and this time it is special
are several girl children being killed gender equality will remain relevant
for me as this is one of my favourite childhood numbers," Navraj
because they are girls... both the and not outdated,” she added.
said. "Tiger and Disha have danced brilliantly on the song and I am
realities co-exist,” Shabana said. 
happy the audiences have liked it as well."
28 ENTERTAINMENT Friday, March 9, 2018 The Indian Weekender

Aishwarya spreads
Staying relevant for 20 years smiles among kids
is challenging: Neha Dhupia born with clefts
ctress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan said
she is happy to continue making a small

rom the film world to a podcast show, judging Marathon and is also associated with contribution in bringing about a larger
television non-fiction entertainers to running charitable social work. As for her film and effective change for children born with clefts.
a marathon – Neha Dhupia is doing it all. The career, she featured in a supporting Aishwarya is the global goodwill ambassador
actress and former beauty queen says entering the film role in Tumhari Sulu last year and, of Smile Train, an international cleft charity. It
industry was an adventurous step she took around this year, two films are in the celebrated the completion of 500,000 free
20 years ago, but staying relevant during all "I pipeline for her. cleft lip and palate reconstructive
these years has been quite a task. earned the “I have signed Pradeep surgeries for children born with
Neha, who made her screen debut with show because of Sarkar’s upcoming ‘Eela’ clefts within 18 years of
a Malayalam movie in 1994, and forayed my body of work. where I am sharing screen starting its India programme.
into Bollywood with Qayamat: City Staying relevant space with Kajol. That apart, “I am proud to be
Under Threat in 2003, has been doing non- for 20 years is I have acted in a short film associated with Smile
fictional shows like MTV Roadies - Roadies challenging." directed by Karan Johar. It is part of Train for all these years
Xtreme, podcast “#NoFilterNeha” and other the anthology film Bombay Talkies 2,” and extend my heartfelt
congratulations to them for
chat shows, apart from movie projects of late. she said. Roadies, where she is one of the “gang
changing the lives of half a
She said: “There are so many TV shows that go off air leaders”, keeps her kicked. She began her association
million cleft patients in India.
within three months of their beginning. with the show in 2016, and its new season is set in
“Supporting this work
"MTV Roadies is one of the adventures TV shows the northeast.
of Smile Train through The
that has earned the credibility of 15 years from its “This show reflects the competitive side of Aishwarya Rai Foundation has been
audience. And I am the only female judge on the show. my personality. I have come across many my small personal contribution in the larger picture
“I earned the show because of my body of work. youngsters in the show and some of of honourable, effective change in the lives of cleft
Staying relevant for 20 years is challenging.” their stories are really heart-touching. patients. I look forward to continuing this journey
As for adventures in her own life, she said: “I think The show is an honest space because of giving new reasons to smile to children born with
the most adventurous thing that I have done in my life everything is real here, people and their clefts,” the former beauty queen said.
is to become part of the Indian cinema industry, being a stories,” said Neha. Looking elegant in a pristine white ensemble,
complete outsider. So today, when I am getting an offer Asked if she also wants to explore Aishwarya joined 100 doctors, former patients
of one of the longest-running youth show on Indian the fiction space on TV, Neha said: and their families, including Pinki Sonkar of
television, it is purely a by-product of my credible work “No, I won’t be able to commit Oscar winning documentary “Smile Pinki” at the
in the industry. “I have enough and more stories to share. myself to a fictional show. That event. Smile Train also launched the Train in India
At the same time, I have a lot of gratitude for what I is a huge time-consuming initiative under which medical professionals from
have got.” Neha actively participated in the Mumbai commitment.” other countries in South Asia will be trained in cleft
care at its partner hospitals.

For Pad Man, focus Film industry becoming progressive

was on film's impact,
business: Balki over women roles: Renuka Shahane
ctress Renuka Shahane – gearing up career, only screen presence cannot satisfy produced by Excel

R. Balki, whose last directorial for her Bollywood comeback with 3 me.” Renuka’s loving character as the polite Entertainment, 3
venture Pad Man was on menstrual hygiene, Storeys -– has been trying to break and ever-smiling Pooja in romantic drama Storeys will release
says the idea behind making the film was to free of the image of Pooja bhabhi of Hum Hum Aapke... trapped her in a way. on Friday.
create awareness and not just generate box office. Aapke Hain Koun..! and says the changing “That image was so stuck into the memory
And so, the makers are content with the response.
age representation of women in Indian of the mass audience that, most of the time,
With Akshay Kumar leading the cast in the movie,
cinema is a progressive sign. people expected me to behave like Pooja
it did well at the box office but not as per expectations.
“There is a positive change and I bhabhi. The fact is I am a different individual
Asked if the subject affected the film's business,
appreciate that. I think now our films are in real life.
Balki said: "When you make a film on menstruation,
the intention is never the box office number, but the going in the right direction. I am happy to “I am not always giving that perfect smile
impact it creates. The best part is people now do not observe how married women (actresses) are to the world, I also get angry, curious and feel
shy away talking about menstruation. equally desirable now, unlike earlier days,” various other emotions... There are people I
Renuka, 52, said. meet in public places who tell me, ‘But Pooja
“Whether it is Anushka (Sharma), Kareena bhabhi to aise nahi baat karti hai’. To that, I
(Kapoor Khan) or Rani (Mukerji), they are have reacted saying, “Because I am Renuka,
all resuming work after their marriage and not Pooja bhabhi,” she said, giggling.
pregnancy. Good roles are written for a In 3 Storeys, the actress essays a
woman of our age. middle-aged grey-haired Catholic
“This is very progressive. There woman named Flory, who is
is making a
are various phases of our life waiting for someone.
huge difference with
and all of them are explored She said the team –
her kind of roles. She
on-screen now,” said Renuka, including Richa Chadha,
is playing her age, but
making a special mention of Pulkit Samrat and Sharman
"Even if 10 people changed their thought, I would with so much variety,
actress Vidya Balan. Joshi – underwent extensive
consider that as good sign. And whatever number our and that should be
“Vidya is making a huge workshops.
film has got at the box office, it shows how many celebrated."
difference with her kind of roles. “However, on the first day
people watched the film, keeping the intention of the She is playing her age, but with so much of the shoot, as the camera rolled,
film in mind. For us, it is a huge achievement."
variety, and that should be celebrated,” she I felt a little nervous, which for me is a
According to trade experts, while the film attracted
said, adding that it is time for television show natural thing. With each scene, we actors
footfalls in metros, the small town audience was not
makers also to get the direction right. are creating the world of the character we
too enthusiastic about the subject. In that case, did the
Renuka acted in several television shows play, so yes, I was a little conscious.”
film reach its target audience?
"Well, I think when it comes to awareness of like Imtihaan, Ghutan and Kora Kagaz in the This apart, Renuka – who is married to
menstruation hygiene, even city people are also not late 1990s. On the big screen, she is making a actor Ashutosh Rana – is also planning to
aware of it that well and it is also taboo for them. comeback with 3 Storeys after 15 years. gear up for her directorial venture once her
Even inside Mumbai, if you go a little into the Asked what made her choose 3 Storeys son’s board exams get over.
interiors and suburban areas, people are not open as her comeback vehicle, Renuka said: “I One to prioritise motherhood over career
to talk about it. So we are trying to arrange a free always wanted a role that will challenge me growth always, Renuka said: “Firstly, this
screening of the film in the rural areas, with Melinda as a performer, a character that is so opposite is my choice of being a full-time mother
Gates Foundation... We have already started from the of me, a character that will push me enough because I love my children. And look, there
outskirts of Maharashtra," he said. Balki conducted to bring out the best in me. are (many) actresses, but for my children,
a masterclass at the Ficci Frames 2018 on Tuesday. “After a certain point of time, I was getting they have only one mother and that is
He spoke about his journey from his first feature film roles where my characters had good presence me... they are mine, nothing could be more
Cheeni Kum to Pad Man, apart from his special bond on-screen, but were not in a great space as an important than them.”
with Amitabh Bachchan. actress, as a performer. At this stage of my Directed by Arjun Mukherjee and


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for women’s rights and social justice, with her Venue: Upper Frank, Kitts Park, Wellington
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