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Poornima Narayanan

03 November, 2017

Issue No. 194 I October 2017

                                           
EDITORIAL

The term of the previous Managing Committee came to an end on 8th October, 2017 and the new committee was elected. Most of the members in the new committee are the same barring three new members who were inducted, namely Mr. R.C. Natarajan, Mrs. Shamala Sarathy and Mrs. Madhavi Samson. We welcome the new members to the Managing Committee. The election of Mrs. Seetha Venkataraman as President was well received. She had to be persuaded to take up the position of this thankless job. Mohan Krishnaswamy, who devotes a lot of time attending to Society issues was elected as the Vice President. The MC following the AGM then chose the other office bearers. They are Mr. Mohan Narayanan as Secretary, Mr. P. K. K. Nair as Joint Secretary and Mrs. Anita Perumbavil as Treasurer. We wish to thank the outgoing Committee members namely Madhu Nair, ex-Secretary, and  Sumathi Chandrasekharan.

The outgoing committee did a great job in getting the long pending regularisation of flats. In this our ex-President Mr. G. Ramabadhran played an important role. Mr. N. L. Ganapathi who resigned mid-way through the term was instrumental in preparing very persuasive legal representations to the Registrar and thus was an important member of the team to take up the matter. Mr. P.K.K. Nair's role was also important in ensuring that the files moved from one table to the other and generally facilitated in the exercise. All the other MC members also put in their might into the exercise in each one personally visiting the Registrar's office and doing all the back office work. It was totally a team effort. The other important achievement of the previous committee was to get the IGL piped gas installed. Several other timely actions were taken so that the residents' concerns were addressed.

We are still battling with a lot of problems due to corroding pipelines which are more than 35 years old leading to seepage issues cropping up constantly. We have to live with this problem and get them solved as and when we encounter them. Unbridled renovation is also one of the causes of seepage. It is advised that whenever anybody wishes to renovate their flat and engage outside contractors they should also keep our resident plumber and electrician as consultants as they are well aware of the routing of the pipes and cables.

A large band of marauding rhesus monkeys has been laying siege in Yamuna, entering homes of residents nonchalantly, sending residents scurrying for cover and making a meal of whatever they can lay their hands on and walking out. How to tackle this menace is a question that is giving headaches to the Managing Committee. The BJP councillor has been approached and it seems the other apartment complexes in the neighbourhood are also plagued by this menace. They are still mulling for solutions including hiring the services of a langur. One resident namely, Mr. R. S. Narayan had however a different take on this. A monkey entered his house and he felt his prayers had been answered and Hanuman had personally come to bless him. Different people, different perspectives!

Restrictions on phone usage may make the children go up in arms against you. Try reasoning with a rebellious child and you may have a cold war at home. As it is, bringing up children in today's world is a challenge. Look at what happened in Ryan's International School. There are dangers lurking in every corner. Parents may find pornography, games etc., trivial compared to the dangerous communities pervading the net, drawing in the children, and pandering to their wishes for playing gruesome games, substance abuse etc. Beware and look out for personality changes, if any, that takes place in your child. Do not wait and seek counselling in case you are not able to confront your children.

The Diwali Rangoli competition was shorn of the glitter and had to be renamed "Rangoli competition" from its earlier avatar "Illumination competition" as there were no prizes for illumination and only one prize each for rangoli by adults and by children under 15 years. This was to answer the demands by residents of different blocks who complained of lack of resources both in terms of hands and money. The ones who wish to keep the tradition alive are getting on in years and their creaking backs and suspect knees do not allow them to do justice to the rangolis and the general refrain was that the children were not stepping up as they had other interests. G&H who led the chorus to tone down, however, pulled out all the stops and went the whole hog. They stuck to the technicality of one adult rangoli but that one rangoli almost extended from one end of the block to the other. No doubt it was a superlative effort and they rightly deserved the first prize in both categories. C&D took the second prize in both categories. E&F had a superb rendition of a traditional lamp with hundreds of small diyas illuminating it and making it a beautiful visual treat.

Diwali itself was a subdued affair due to thankfully less crackers. Kids in Yamuna showed remarkable restraint bursting very few crackers. Despite the Supreme Court ban on sale of crackers, fireworks could be heard from neighbouring colonies albeit less than yesteryears. Consequently, the pollution levels were a tad less, being in severe category compared to hazardous category last year. Do you feel better? It's like saying you got eight slaps instead of ten, so be happy.

Sadhana School of Arts and Music's Annual Milaap function was held in the Badminton Court to a full house on 21st October, 2017. There was a guitar recital by the students of Sadhana followed by a tabla recital. Then came the visual ambrosia of a medley of Odissi dances which had many dancers from Yamuna. I notice a marked improvement over last year in their movements and eye expressions. They are moving more fluidly and showing the right expressions. It just shows the time and energy Radhika and Ramanan are bestowing on their students. Many of them can go on to perform on the big stage in the future. The grand finale was a superb Hindustani music recital by Shubham Modi. The audience sat spell-bound.for over an hour as he took us through the entire range of alaap with his improvisation. It was magical. He was splendidly accompanied by  Saurabh Seshan on tabla and Ejaz Khan on sarangi. We in Yamuna are indeed privileged to get a free pass to witness concert level performances.

The Yamuna Apartment Consumer Co-operative Stores Ltd reached the end of their tether and shut shop. With that, a long innings of the Stores which has been there almost since inception at different locations within the complex has come to an end. It is a sad end to a next door convenience store where all the original members were share holders. They have been limping for a while with very limited stocks and items. The end seemed ominous for a while. The fact is, this format of business where there is only part-time involvement of members cannot survive. One is at the mercy of the staff. Integrity is at a premium these days and to expect lowly paid staff not to indulge in skulduggery is to expect a miracle. They are faced with a huge list of supplier creditors. It is going to be a big challenge to address them with no money in the kitty. Only a businessman with his skin in the game can run such an outfit.
The Society has taken possession of the Stores space and has opened bid for members interested in getting into an operational tie-up with an established grocery retailer to run the Stores as a new outfit and bring convenience back to the residents, particularly for South Indian items. We may have to wait for a few months before we get a suitable party.


OBITUARY

Mr. Rajamani (A-103) passed away on the morning of  14th October, 2017 at his home. His daughter Lavanya was by his side. His other daughter Rajeshwari came from the US a couple of days later. He was ailing for some time but the end came rather unexpectedly. May his soul rest in peace. Yamuna residents convey their heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family.

SNIPPETS

Padmavathy of A-110 has gone on full scholarship Masters programme in Life Science to University of Grenoble in France. It's great to see Yamuna kids blossoming out and seeking their future in foreign lands. To land up in this Alpine town across the mountain from Lake Geneva adds to its mystique.

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A-302 has new occupants. Pushkar Mani has moved in with his wife Aanchal and their toddler son Vihaan from Jamshedpur. Pushkar works for Desein Indore as Sr. Marketing Manager. His interests include playing football and TT and also loves listening to pop music. He doesn't have to look far for that as Aanchal is a good singer apart from being an exponent of Kathak. You will get to see her perform at the Annual Day function. She also loves to play badminton. They can be reached on 9163363524 and 9051474468. We welcome them to the Yamuna family.

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Kalyani and Chandramouli of C-204 have become proud grandparents. Their son, Srinath and his wife Priya were blessed with a baby boy on 27th October, 2017. Congratulations to the parents and grandparents.
Letter to the editor:
Two of my articles on Periyar EV Ramaswamy have appeared in the Wire. I am giving the links. Residents of Yamuna may like to read them when they find time.
Best, 
P A Krishnan-H/205










CALENDAR OF EVENTS NOVEMBER 2017

DATE
TIME
EVENT
VENUE
5-11.11.17
6.30 PM
BADMINTON & TT CHAMPIONSHIP
BADMINTON COURT/



BELOW CLUB HOUSE
12.11.17
10.00 AM
ANNUAL SPORTS DAY FOR ALL AGE GROUPS
MAIN LAWN




26.11.17
6.30 PM
QUIZ COMPETITION WITH ANTARIKSH
BADMINTON COURT

06 October, 2017

Issue No. 193 I September 2017

                    

EDITORIAL

It was a Sunday morning and most people were deep in their slumber. Anu Shekhar, Purnima Satish, Seema Chari, Sudha Easwaran and Shini Harish and the always enthusiastic children had rolled up their sleeves and were on their fours diligently drawing the Pookalam in front of the Community Hall. Distractions from me apart, they soldiered on tirelessly and produced a breathtakingly beautiful Kolam adorned with brass lamp and urulis.

The Onam feast was quite a hit with several friends of residents from outside joining in the celebrations. Despite several advisories to buy coupons in advance many residents wanted to purchase coupons in the last minute. While efforts were made to accommodate many, alas some had to be turned away as no caterer factors for a such a big overspill. Burps emanating from the Community Hall was indicative of a satiating feast. The ladies as usual were in their new collection of Onam saris and were looking gorgeous. It made for a fantastic photo-op and immediately circulated around the world through social media.

Most people have an uneasy feeling of sharing their bathrooms with spiders and their webs. I too belonged to that tribe until I spotted three mosquitoes ensnared in the web. Between the two predators, I have a marked preference for spiders as they do not deliver a nasty bloodsucking sting. I decided then to let the webs proliferate at least till the dengue season is over.

The humdinger of all festivals will be upon us next month and we all look forward to have a jolly good time. The illumination competition is one such occasion for everybody to meet and collaborate and bring to fore their ideas, imaginations, skills and execution finesse. It is meant to bring the community together, yet, because of our territorial mindset we tend to take these competitions very personally and get miffed when overlooked for a prize. I am personally very secular about these things and like the buzz and  excitement. It is this that turns me on rather than who wins. Some residents had voiced concerns last year about the lack of resources both in terms of helping hands and money. In order to address their concerns it has been decided to base the prize for Rangoli on only one illustration. We cannot limit those blocks who wish to go the whole hog. The judges will be asked to pick only one rangoli from each set of blocks to pass their judgement. Diwali illumination competition is a tradition that has stood the test of time and draws a lot of appreciation from outsiders who visit our apartments. Let us therefore, wholeheartedly participate despite aging backs and creaking knees. The youngsters should get more into the thick of things to keep this beautiful tradition alive and relieve their elders from the onerous task.

Diwali Mela will be on 14th October, 2017. Those who wish to keep stalls for the same or have friends who wish to keep stalls should get in touch with me on 9810153501. Brace up for an evening of fun, gaiety, games, music, dance, rides and food.

Many parents are quivering in their boots hoping their children do not fall prey to the fatalistic charm of the Blue Whale. For those unfamiliar with the mysteries of this  unexplained cetacean phenomenon, blue whales beach in order to die at some point in their life. It is created by somebody with a sick and sadistic mind who is turned on by encouraging children to commit suicide.  Thanks to the internet and social media, any pervert can infiltrate the minds of gullible children and make them commit downright dangerous acts and the parents will be none the wiser for it. Many victims of the Blue Whale syndrome have been from B-towns where the parents may be much less tech savvy than their children and thus monitoring what a child is viewing may be beyond them.

The place we go for our spiritual solace, our Sri Bala Venugopalaswamy temple is seeing fewer and fewer footfalls, so much so that the resources for running the temple is fast drying up. Let not our spiritual abode run into disuse. Please visit the temple at least once a month, if not weekly or fortnightly, to pay obeisance to the Lord and contribute for the temple's sustenance so that we do not let this magnificent edifice become derelict.

The Ramlila was moved into the badminton court thanks to the voluntary abstinence from pyrotechnics proposed by the children. This year's version of the Ramlila choreographed by Shreeja had the Bollywood staple of music and dance. The children's enthusiasm in putting up innovative concepts in theme and execution deserves kudos. Ravana met his end not in flames but through thorough bashing by Rama and his Vanarasena One cannot single out any one character as they performed in multiple roles and gave a very good account of themselves. Shreeja's contribution however was immense. 

The opening act of the night however was a medley of dance recitals put up by the Sadhana School of Music and Arts. Guru Vandana was the opening act done by Bhavna Harish and Anoushka Nair. The next number was Basant Pallavi by Radhika Venkataraman and it was rounded off by the very fetching Kiana in Megh Pallavi. As can be expected by now, they always come up with a performance of great skill and grace. This was followed by Garba as not many had dandia sticks. Like always, our residents' dancing skills being more attuned to Bollywood kitsch than Garba it soon gave way to pelvic thrusting, hip swinging armpit dance. Both ladies and children display extreme felicity in this art form that it makes for an enjoyable viewing. Their dresses of course were probably tailor-made for the occasion and all of them looked gorgeous. This time a few men, notably Srikumar Madhu and Satish Padmanabhan also shook a leg. Falguni was the eternal purist, being a Gujarati. Mihir Bhatt managed the music well.

SNIPPETS

Two bachelors have moved into H-208. One of them, Ashim Raj bears a striking resemblance to Kunal Savarkar, so much so that one resident staying opposite Deepak Varma's home wondered why Kunal was trespassing into H-208. Ashim and Sobir Singh are both graphic designers. Ashim works for ITU Chaudhury design and Sobir works with Teamworks Arts. While Ashim does branding and designing of brochures for various companies, Sobir's claim to fame is that his company does all the designing work for the Jaipur Literature Festival, a marquee event that gets all the sound bites and global following. Ashim loves illustrating, plays football for a team three days in a week and dabbles in other games as well. Sobir loves playing badminton. Both love listening to varied genres of music viz. Jazz, Classical, electronic etc. Ashim can be reached on 9560090795 and Sobir on 9911060708. Ashim has already traversed three rivers before settling in Yamuna. He has stayed in Tara, Nilgiri and Mandakini. Tara, by the way is a river in northern Montenegro.

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Mr. O.V. Sathiyaseelan has moved into A-309 from Srinivaspuri, a move compelled by the proximity of their children's school, St. George. Mr. Sathiyaseelan is a free lance sound engineer. He has done the sound for the famous National Geographic documentary on Tirupathi which has been screened several times on TV. Like most Indians he is fond of playing and watching cricket and is also facile in other sports. His wife, Tamilarasi is a homemaker and loves listening to music. Their elder daughter, Nikita is in class XI and is an exponent of Bharatanatyam. She, like her father she is also fond of all sports. The younger daughter, Niveta is in Class IV and is also a Bharatanatyam dancer. They can be reached on 9818255633.818255133.

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Mr. Umamahesvaran Srinivasan (Mahesh in short) has moved into G-305 from GK2 with his wife Priti and daughter Vaidehi. Mahesh has started a Government sponsored  incubator on Technology and Agriculture. He is a number cruncher and counts Physics and Maths as his pastime and of course you cannot keep cricket away from any Indian male's genes. Priti, who is from Rajasthan, teaches in a progressive school in Gurugram after an earlier stint in Meerambika. She is also a professional painter and sings Hindustani music. Their daughter Vaidehi is a Class V student of MIS. Her interests include singing, dancing, piano playing and crafts. They can be reached on 9871516803 and 9312715557.

We welcome all the newcomers to the Yamuna family.

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Our Secretary, Mr. Madhu Nair (A-003) has relocated to Bangalore. He has taken up a job as Country Manager-India for Spirent Communications Inc. headquartered in Bangalore. He will have to lead a bachelor's life until Deepa is able to join him. Deepa is busy here with her work commitments. He has moved into a row house in Palm Meadows in Whitefield. Yamuna's loss will be Palm Meadows gain.

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We all knew that the women sporting a tumescence are harbingers of good news. The only question mark was when and where was it going to happen. Now the cat is out of the bag, I mean,  the baby is out of the womb.
Priyanka Nathan of A-107 delivered a bonny girl in Kolkata on 4th September, 2017. Now, Kiaan will have little sister to play with
Aarthi (D-104), delivered a baby boy named Apramey on 11th September 2017.
  
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Raghavender Prabhakar of A-306 got married to Vaishnavi on 4th September, 2017 in Chennai. Another bachelor bites the dust. Now that the proverbial knot has been tied Raghav has to make the best of an unequal relationship that is always tilted in the wife's favour. Vaishnavi, who was working with HSBC before she wed Raghav, has joined for an Executive MBA programme with specialisation in HR. We wish both of them the very best.





CALENDAR OF EVENTS OCTOBER 2017

DATE
TIME
EVENT
VENUE









19.10.17
6.30 PM
DIWALI ILLUMINATION COMPETITION
BETWEEN THE BLOCKS




28.10.17
6.30 PM
MOVIE SCREENING AND POT LUCK DINNER
BADMINTON COURT