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16 October, 2014

Issue No. 157 I September 2014

EDITORIAL

Wish you all a Happy Deepavali

It's the dawn of a new era in Yamuna. The General Body of YCGHS elected Mr. G. Ramabadhran as the new President on 28th September, 2014. Mr. Ramabadhran runs his own software company and has consequently rich administrative experience. He belongs to a generation of innovators who could implement new concepts like IT enabled paperless administration. He will be ably assisted by Ms. Seetha Venkataraman as Vice President. She was a former faculty member of IIM, Ahmedabad and has equally rich administrative experience including managing the affairs of the Yamuna Society in the capacity of Vice President in the previous Managing Committee. She has been a long term resident of Yamuna and knows its residents very well. Both Mr. Ramabadhran and Seetha have been generous and have often donated money and goods for the welfare of the Society. The same evening the Managing Committee selected Mr. Madhu Nair as Secretary. Madhu runs his own company. He also brings good Management and Administrative experience to this new assignment, Mr. P. K. K. Nair and Ms. Sudha Umapathy continue as Joint Secretary and Treasurer, respectively. It's an ideal combination of youth and experience. The new entrants can bring fresh energy, perspective and ideas to the Managing Committee and the experienced hands in the Managing Committee can guide them through the rules and procedural aspects of managing a Society. The other first time entrant to the Managing Committee and the youngest to date, I suppose, is Ms. Sumathi Chandrashekaran, our very popular Quiz master. Please give the new office bearers and Managing Committee whole hearted support to accomplish their job with dignity and respect. The various sub-committees have been constituted and the same has been displayed on the Notice Board. If any resident has any matter that relates to the specific sub-committees, which is not getting addressed in the normal course, should bring it to the notice of the convenor of the respective committees or a member thereof.

Mr. Ramabadhran has already initiated some activity to manage all the routine society activities through e-governance, to reduce the load on the staff in the office and cut down on unnecessary paperwork, To make it effective, residents should make their best effort to work through this medium.

I would like to place on record my appreciation of the selfless service of the previous Managing Committee and also that of Mr. K. S. Venkataraman and Mr. P. Krishnamurthy, who were doing a very responsible job as members of the Committee of Control.

We are approaching the thick of the festival season, packed with a plethora of cultural and social activities. A season when the weather is at its salubrious best, a time when there is a sense of euphoria and an environment of social interaction and bonhomie. Ladies and girls shashaying across the colony in their rich colourful silks and other accoutrements paint a very pretty picture. Soak in the atmosphere and mingle to get that feeling of wellbeing.

When one walks around the colony the most obvious litter one sees is that of empty wraps of chips and sundry other fast and unhealthy food. Unfortunately, the saccharine sweet blandishments of ads promoting junk food, catch the imagination of the vulnerable children with often deleterious consequences to their health . It is a welcome relief that schools have been banned from selling processed junk food. Ironically, the alternatives they offer are not very healthy either. The number of children being admitted to hospital these days with obesity, hypertension and diabetes has gone up dramatically. Let us spread the movement of healthy eating in the colony. Dr. Renu Garg of E-106 is a votary of healthy food habits. I hope she agrees to hold a seminar on the subject and more importantly let's hope there are eager participants! She also wants to start a free library for children and is scouting for a place to house the books. Residents may also donate books to her which they don't need any more.

The Pookalam and Onam dinner on 6th September, 2014 was a hit. Ninety-five people partook in the feast. The men were busy clicking away pictures of the damsels who were all turned out in the elegant Onam saris. The sartorial simplicity of the sari seems paradoxical to the effect it has on the wearer. With all the pretty ladies standing abreast for the shutterbugs, it seemed like a veritable beauty pageant. Since it meant too much beauty in one frame, all the men, me included,  inveigled a space between the ladies to lend some realism to the adage, "beauty and the beast". The pookalam painstakingly created by Meera, Sudha, Prema, Seema and Purnima, amongst others, decorated the entry to the Community Hall. With urlis and brass lamps, it lent a festive look to the place. The Community Hall AC was tested for the first time and it came as a welcome relief, as it was stifling outside. The food was finger licking good.

The faith that Prime Minister Modi will remove the cobwebs from our bureaucratic stupor and spur Industrial growth has had a salutary effect on stocks. The stratospheric rise this year of shares into dizzying valuations make them vulnerable to vertigo. Caution is the byword for those who wish to enter the market at this stage. Many a savvy investor has bitten the dust riding on the bull crest. This is not to say that select stocks may not go even higher. Do rely on proper analysis before you put your hard earned money in shares. With a belligerent China upping the ante in the northern borders and an ever willing western neighbour ready to queer the pitch, any conflict could have a disastrous effect on the economy.

Last year there was constant badgering from youngsters in the colony on the need to have Diwali Mela. In order to fulfil their desire, we plan to revive the Mela. Shashank Eswaran, Ramanan and Radhika Samson amongst others want us to bring back the glory of Diwali Mela in the lawn which catapulted Yamuna as the most desired mela destination in Alaknanda, GK and CR Park combined.  So long as there is a strong participation from residents in manning the stalls we can recreate that magic. In order to make a success of the mela, early planning is essential. I would request volunteers to give their names to me, so that tasks can be delegated. The first meeting of the residents to mobilise volunteers for the mela will happen in the Community Hall at 5 pm on 2nd October, 2014. All residents who wish to participate which would include children and adults alike, should be present at the meeting. Sudha Eswaran will be in-charge of the manpower and will take on the administrative role. The mela will be held on 18th October, 2014.

For the Diwali illumination competition, we will follow the same pattern of awarding prizes as last year. There will be four categories of prizes. There will be 1st and 2nd prizes for the following:

a) Best theme.
b) Best rangoli.
c) Best illumination.
d) Best overall impact.

We wish all the blocks the best of luck and hope that there is active participation to make it a feast for the eyes. This is a very unique tradition that we have in the colony which is widely praised by outsiders. It is obvious that everybody cannot win prizes, which does not mean that they have not done a good job. However, since the judges who are drawn proportionately from each set of blocks determine only the best and second best, we have to accept their verdict with humility. Appreciation of art is a very subjective process. One person's interpretation may not match with another's world view. This does not mean the judges are biased. By the very process of selection of one judge from each set of blocks, we are removing any possibility of bias.

Since we do not want residents to waste a lot of money in buying too many candles, the residents will be allowed to leave their staircase and decorative lights on in their residences. There is no restriction on props made by the residents during the day of the competition. There will be no restriction on bought out non electric lamps of any kind. However, no readymade bought out props or electric lights will be considered for the judging.

Slightly over a month from now we will have the Annual Day. Residents who want to participate in single or group performances should give their names to me. We would also request you to arrange sponsors if you can, to make the event grand. For many, the Annual Day is the marquee event of the colony and a platform to showcase their talent. For KK, who has hit the big times now, the Yamuna stage was the nursery where he honed his talent and had his debut performance. We have so much talent in the colony that many others could make it big in the world of dance, music and drama. In Sadhana we have a grooming ground within our premises. What more can one ask for?


SNIPPETS

Aruna Krishnan of F-103 has donated a table to the Society. We are indeed grateful for this largesse.
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Raghavendar Prabhakar, resident of A-306 has successfully completed his CA and has got a placement with KPMG. Congratulations! May you have greater successes in the future.

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Venkatesh, Vidhya and Sahana have moved from a A-004 to E-101. A Blocks loss is E Blocks gain.

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Since A-107 did not have sufficient room for the growing needs of Shekhar Nair's family when his father moved in with him, he has taken A-004 on rent and moved there with Anu, Samiksha and Adwita. He has retained his old flat where his father would reside.


MIRTH CORNER

Four friends meet 30 years after school. One goes to get some food while the other three start to talk about how successful their sons became
No 1 says his son studied economics, became a banker and is so rich he gave his best friend a Ferrari.
No.2 said his son became a pilot, started his own airline and became so rich he gave his best friend a jet.
No. 3 said his son became an engineer, started his own development company and became so rich he built his best friend a castle.
No. 4 came back with a plate full of food and asked what the buzz was all about.
They told him they were talking about how successful their sons became and asked him about his son. He said his son was gay and he worked in a Gay Bar.
The other three said he must be very disappointed with his son for not becoming successful.
"Oh no !! said the father, he is doing good, last week on his birthday he got a Ferrari, a jet and a castle from three of his boyfriends.."
All the three fathers fainted.

-Joke contributed by Shekhar Nair A-005.


" If you want to change the world, do it when you are a bachelor. After marriage, you can't even change a TV channel..."

Listening to wife is like reading the terms & conditions of a website. You don't understand it but you still accept it...

Chess is the only game in the world, which reflects the status of the husband the poor King can take only one step at a time, while the mighty Queen can do whatever she likes.

-Joke contributed by Gita Rastogi



CALENDAR OF EVENTS - OCTOBER 2014


DATE
EVENT
TIME
VENUE
1.10.2014
DANDIA, MUSIC AND FOOD STALLS
7.00 PM
BADMINTON COURT




3.10.2014
RAMLILA AND BURNING THE EFFIGY OF RAVANA
5.00 PM
MAIN LAWN



18.10.2014
DIWALI MELA WITH GAMES, RIDES AND EATS
6.00 PM
MAIN LAWN




23.10.2014
DIWALI ILLUMINATION COMPETITION
6.30 PM
BETWEEN THE BLOCKS

02 September, 2014

Issue No. 156 I August 2014

EDITORIAL

The term of the President and the present Managing Committee will be coming to an end on 28th September, 2014. After serving two terms as President, I can look back with satisfaction at the work done. Barring the resolution of the regularisation of the flats, the present and the previous Managing Committee managed to achieve a lot, thanks to the co-operation of the Members/residents and staff. In fact in the history of Yamuna there has never been another instance of decrease in the maintenance charges and that too after an year of no increase. On behalf of the Managing Committee, I would like to express my sincere thanks to each and everyone. It has been a eventful journey, but the mental toll that such a position takes is unfathomable. I have lost most of the hair on my head during this tenure. The ones to suffer most are the family to whom one is not able to give enough time. It is time somebody else steps on the plate and takes on the post of the President.

On the issue of regularisation of flats, it was observed after scanning all the files, that there were several gaps/discrepancies in our representations since the time the Society was formed. There was no link between the members who had resigned and the new members who were admitted. There were also incomplete records of the AGMs vide which these members were admitted. There were three different lists of original members that were submitted to ROCS between 1978 and 1981. It took several hundred man-hours of toil by the office bearers and Mr. P. Krishnamurthy to bring the records to a level of acceptability by the ROCS and DDA. We were also in a position to get the files moved through the hierarchy to the level of the Registrar in case of the ROCS and to the level of the Principal Secretary in the case of DDA. We also passed two resolutions in the General Body as desired by ROCS, indemnifying them in case of any wrongdoing. Just as it seemed like our long cherished dream of getting the flats regularised was imminent, the High Court ruled that the LG does not have the powers to grant waiver. This ruling applied to 26 other Societies who had got waiver under the same provision that we had. The Registrar's plea has been that if he recommends our case to DDA for regularisation he will held for contempt of Court. In the meanwhile, the appeals of the 26 Societies is getting deferred for the last one year. I am giving this update for the benefit of members who are currently living in the Society and those outside who wanted clarity on the issue of regularisation. We are planning to move a resolution in the AGM seeking members' consent to file a writ petition justifying our case for regularisation by making a distinction between the 26 Societies and ourselves. In the meanwhile, through the good offices of Srivatsa Krishna, IAS, whose mother is a member, we are attempting a bureaucratic intervention at a fairly senior level. It is our fervent hope that some of our actions get us the desired results.

The Independence Day celebration was a hit. To start with the Prime Minister's speech was so awe inspiring that I had goose bumps on my skin. No Prime Minister since Independence has spoken with so much passion, candour and conviction than Modi. Vajpayee was a good orator but Modi, apart from being a good orator has the right vision and he is able to articulate it very effectively. He spoke of a cleaner India, a more gender sensitive India and a more purposeful and hard working India. He steered clear of his ideological moorings

In Yamuna, our own flag hoisting ceremony did not happen on schedule.` Modi's plea to be punctual obviously did not travel home. The flag was hoisted by the senior most member at the assembly, Mr. Ravindran, at 9.15, a tardy fifteen minutes late. The good thing is that a thin crowd soon swelled to be a sizable number  Everybody rose to sing the National Anthem. It was nice to see the spirit of patriotism. Subhada tutored students, Adwita, Shashvath, Dhanya, Sahana Savarkar, Radhika, Samiksha, Mani, Tanvi and Avantika sang two Tamil and two Hindi ditties. This was followed by Kalyani trained children Shreeja and Poorvaja singing a Tamil song with Shantanu on the tabla. Kalyani also trained a group of adults consisting of Ambika, Savita, Sujata, Seema led by her for another Tamil patriotic song. This was followed by a medley of popular numbers of the patriotic genre, immortalised through many a Manoj Kumar film. This free for all crooner group consisted of, amongst others,  Bhavani, Seema, Deepak, Ram, Murli, Bharti, Sudha, Aruna, Aditi, Gomathi, Lavanya, Savita, Sujata and Rekha. Hope I have not missed out any name!

On 17th August, Sadhana School of Music and Art held a "Milap"(a musical and dance soiree) at the Badminton Court. It had all the elements of a professional show, barring entry tickets. We were treated to a visual and audio feast by students and gurus of Sadhana.

Amongst the Yamuna residents, Dakshina Raghavendra sang two very complex western numbers requiring considerable skill, Vidya Venkat danced to a Kathak number, Rekha Raghavendra and Deepa Nair showed considerable poise and confidence singing a Hindustani number with Shantanu on the tabla. These debutants on the Yamuna stage have a very bright future ahead of them.

Amongst the Gurus, Shubham Modi was outstanding. The status of guru normally comes with a certain gravitas, evidenced by grey hair, receding hairline and a formal bearing of self esteem. Hence, when Shubham walked up to the stage with youthful, barely out his teens look,  carrying the onus of a guru at Sadhana, I viewed him as an interloper on that hallowed turf. I was delighted to be proved wrong when he made his music do the talking. I have seen several Hindustani musical performances by maestros. I can say without a shadow of doubt that Shubham is up there with the best. He was blessed with a galaxy of talented artists to accompany him, namely Gaurav Chiplunkar on the harmonium, Devesh Pande on Tanpura and Pranav Ramji on Tabla. The curtain came down on the event with the grand finale by Abhishek Shankar (the guitar guru) singing an Eric Clapton number.

The cultural fiesta surfeit continued the next day. It was Janmashtami and like last year our talented children wanted to show their spurs. The invocation song was sung by Kalyani, Bhavani and Aruna. Swagatam Krishna, a dance ballet, featured Adwita Nair, Vanshika Arora, Bhawana Harish, Priya, Radhika Venkatraman and Kiana Abraham. They displayed dance skills way beyond their nascent tutelage. The medley of events continued with Ghanashyam Sundara (Marathi Song) sung by Ananya Anirudh Verma, Navya Sinha, Sahana Venkatesh Iyer, Vanshika Arora, Vanshika, Mannat, Bhawana Harish, Priya, Radhika Venkatraman, Kiana Abraham, Aaria Anirudh Verma, Anoushka Nair, Adwita Nair and Dakshina Raghavendra. Moving to a Western take on Lord Krishna, Priya, Radhika Venkatraman and Kiana Abraham danced to the Beatle George Harrison number, My Sweet Lord. This was followed by a solo Odissi dance number by Sahana Iyer. Sahana shows a maturity far beyond her years. Her balance in the dance sequence is incredible. She has a bright future ahead of her. Another of Radhika's disciples, the comely Dakshina did an Odissi number to A.R. Rehman's Alaipayyude. Unfortunately, half way through the dance, one electrical phase illuminating the stage went kaput. Hasty change of the sound system to another power source ensured that the programme continued, albeit with limited lighting. Fortunately, everybody put up with the disruption sportingly. Kurukshetra was an all guitar recital by Priya, Radhika Venkatraman, Kiana Abraham and Sahana Iyer.  A Pandit Ravi Shankar number where all the Odissi performers graced the stage was a visual treat.

All the aforementioned events were choreographed by the gurus at Sadhana. From an arts and culture perspective, Sadhana is the best thing that has happened to Yamuna. We are indeed grateful to Radhika, Ramanan and Pranav for their work ethic. Ramanan, as the show host did a commendable job. To round off their contribution for the evening, Kalyani and Bhavani lent their mellifluous voices to  Meera Bhajan. The grand finale was a peppy dance number choreographed by Anu Nair and Prema Manoj.and featured Adwita, Ananya, Anushka, Sahaana Savarkar, Saishaa, Samiksha, Tanvi, Kiana, Mani, Aryan, Aparna Varma, Aparna Krishnan, Shreeja, Shreeya , with Samarth as the plucky and quintessential Krishna who went on to break the Dahi Handi and steal the goods!

The ever generous Mr.Thangathurai and his wife Meenakshi were at hand to distribute laddoos as prasad to the assembled throng.

Mosquitoes are not quite the pest they have been in previous years, thanks to a failed monsoon. The dipterous insect has not wreaked havoc on the populace with dengue, chikungunia and the like. Isn't it ironic that what's good for one cause is bad for another? Savour these stingless times but pray for higher precipitation in the coming months to ward off water shortage.

With the number of pet dogs increasing in the colony, one is witnessing an increased presence of uncleared dog poop. I have been given to understand that some Societies have introduced a fine of Rs. 1000 on dog owners found guilty of not clearing their pets' poop. Even the Municipality in Delhi is planning to take punitive measures. In the European Union, the United States and several other countries, pet owners carry doggy poop bags with them to scoop the poop and dispose it off hygienically. I would plead with the dog owners in the colony to show some respect to the other residents and do likewise. I feel imposing a fine will be a draconian measure and hope wiser counsels will prevail to keep our environment clean. Dogs will defecate as their constitutional compulsion. It is for the owners to show more civic sense not only as a courtesy to fellow residents but in the interest of keeping our environs clean.
The summer solstice was over two months ago but there is no let up in the heat. With every passing day we are breaking diurnal temperature records. We only hope the coming months will bring in salubrious conditions. Rains in the last days of the month may bring some respite.
There are some people who do not lose an opportunity to indulge in largesse. Namagiri of C-001 has donated a 4 ton AC for the Community Hall. It will come as a welcome relief for people who have to choose alternate venues during the torrid summer months for conducting their religious or social functions. It will also ensure that the Community Hall, which remains idle during summer months, can be more usefully deployed. The Society expresses its sincere gratitude to Namagiri.

Onam heralds the homecoming of legendary King Mahabali and is the biggest festival for Keralites. To celebrate Onam, a Pookalam and Onam sadya have been planned at the Community Hall from 7 pm on 6th September, 2014. All the residents, their friends and relatives who wish to partake in the ambrosial Onam feast should buy their dinner coupons from the Society Office @ Rs. 200 per head latest by 3rd September, 2014. As far as possible, please assemble in traditional attire to reflect the spirit of Onam.


SNIPPETS

Sahana Savarkar of C-208 Is a linguist. She has equal felicity in English and French. She demonstrated this talent by bagging the first prize in French Poetry recitation competition at DPS International School vying against forty other students. Way to go, girl!

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Mr. C. Chandramouli of E-004 fell for the charms of Jayalakshmi and decided to tie the knot in Chennai on 27th August, 2014. With that, Chandramouli's  freedom will rest in his wife's hands. Jayalakshmi is working with IBM and is likely to get approval for working from home, which should make her shift to Delhi possible.

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Dr. Vijay Shankar has moved into E-304 from Lajpat Nagar. Vijay is working as an Anaesthetist in Apollo Hospitals. Doctors usually come in pairs and this applies here as well. He is married to Dr. Sharada Vinod who is doing her MD in General Medicine from AIIMS. Vijay is a music buff and likes to listen to western classical and rock music. He is also a movie buff. Sharada loves to dance to Bollywood music and has learnt Carnatic music. She will get enough opportunity in Yamuna to display her skills. Vijay can be reached on 8130556353. Vijay happens to be a cousin of Vidya Nair. We welcome this couple to Yamuna.

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Mr. S. K. Topno has moved into G-202 from DDA Flats, Kalkaji. He works with State Bank of Hyderabad. He likes to read and listen to music in his spare time. His wife Meeta is a home-maker and loves to cook. Their son Rahul works in an IT company called Entity Data. Their daughter Rachel worked for a year after completing BSc Physics from St. Stephen's College but now wants do a Masters. She is fond of singing Western music. She will surely get an opportunity to showcase her talent on the Yamuna stage. Mr. Topno can be reached on 8826549077.

MIRTH CORNER

A woman awakes during the night to find that her husband is not in bed. She goes downstairs to look for him. She finds him sitting at the kitchen table with a cup of coffee in front of him. He appears to be in deep thought, just staring at the wall. She watches as he wipes a tear from his eye.."What's the matter, dear?" she whispers as she steps into the room. "Why are you down here at this time of night?" The husband looks up from his coffee, "Do you remember 20 years ago when we were dating, and you were only 18"?. "Yes I do." she replies. The husband pauses. "Do you remember when your father caught us in the garden?" "Yes, I remember" said the wife.The husband continued, " He showed the shotgun in my face and said, 'Either you marry my daughter, or I'll send you to jail for 20 years." He wiped another tear and said, "I would have been released today" !!!!!


CALENDAR OF EVENTS - SEPTEMBER 2014

DATE

EVENT
TIME
VENUE
6.9.14
POOKALAM AND ONAM DINNER
7.00 PM
COMMUNITY HALL