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Indo-Oz ties to strenghten with
Harinder Sidhu

Ms Harinder Sidhu, Australia’s High Commissioner to Delhi with Sydneysiders Harpreet Singh, Professor Balkar Singh Kang, Harry Walia and Manjinder Singh

Inside this Issue:
Page 8: Vijay Badhwar talks to Harinder Sidhu, Australia’s High Commissioner in Delhi
Page 13: Neeru Saluja talks to Reena Koak on her beauty pageant ‘Touch the Soul’
Page 19: Nitasha Bhatia on mental health issues and Indian community
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Himesh Rashammiya

Marie Ross

Gurdas Maan

Karisma Kapoor

Reena Koak

Page 20: Sumi Krishnan frustrated with Indian serials, gets hooked to Pakistani dramas
Page 22: Mother of all mothers, 83-year-old Marie Ross who has cared for 200 kids
Page 29: Fix your posture with Dr. Tilak Kalra and stay healthy
Confluence - Festival of India in Australia from August - November
Himesh Rashammiya and Gurdas Maan on the way down under
, Reena Koak brings Karishma Kapoor to Judge Aussie Beauty Pageant

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nor are there resources commonplace that anyone innate in Chhattisgarh or Orissa. whites playing regular cricket or training in the nets on PM Modi had to respond in kind. Savitha Narayan. Indians do not have an African heart to excel in Athletics nor a size 17 Thorpe imprint for the pool. A team of volunteers is always there to Pakistan to stop glorifying terrorism. Gaurav Joshi Fiji Diary: Karam Ramrakha Cookery: Promila Gupta Children Section: Esther Chaudhary-Lyons Classical Music: Sumi Krishnan.Editor's Letter Thankfully for India. was as much of a celebration of the true Prime Minister Narendra Modi giving his Independence Day Olympic spirit for the tiny nation. Vijay Badhwar. there may be some strategic sports which can make headway in India. Neeru Saluja. Nayanesh Gandhi. Bharat Bhushan Chopra/Bhagwati Multimedia billion Indians took a sigh of relief when two medals in Olympics came India’s way after 11 excruciating days of wait. more than all the medals India has won in its Olympic history. Akvir Kaur Community: Neena Badhwar. There are a plethora of coach their young teams. we don’t admit. future represent Australia in a Test match or the Olympics. exposes the lack of attention to sports in India. but eanwhile. we introFor a nation of a billion. fomenting further unrest in their colourful uniforms playing soccer or netball. we termed outrageous in diplomatic terms. Faith Harper. But we are Pakistan thrives on Kashmir issue. Fiji’s Gold in Rugby. in their that has been continuing in Kashmir now for over a month. Olympics after Olympics it’s been the same story. passé due to such human excellence being commonplace as Phelps winning 23 Golds by himself. we don’t have game changing vis-à-vis his Government’s earlier the infrastructure. by asking Thursday afternoons. A M August-September 2016 THE INDIAN DOWN UNDER 7 . that too by defeating Great Britain. In the same vein. But there is nothing new in this. But resources we have to atrophy. Neena Badhwar. Mr Modi cannot be accused of not trying ture in place to scout early talent. Olympics is over Editorial/Advertising Enquiries: 02 9875 2713 Postal Address: PO Box 99. Sumi Krishnan. Email: indiandownunder@gmail. such as it should not be left only to the privileged to access cricket and tennis academies. Kersi Meher-Homji. To find an Olympian. we do not acknowledge. we tie ourselves in knots to enough – he’s boldly carried out such gestures that could be acquiesce. Two lone medals – a Silver and a Bronze in badminton and wrestling. Abhishek Sood. two measly medals (PV Sindhu’s silver and Sakshi Malik’s bronze) spect for some time. telling them the nitty and gritty of issues of human right abuses in Balochistan and by extending their footwork and giving them exercises to build up their a hand of friendship to people in Balochistan and Pakstamina. Ritu Ghai. raised louder aplomb in India than over one hundred medals of another country. speech from the ramparts of Delhi Red Fort was Sport is not in our culture. It’s a sight to behold on a Saturday morning on the lush Pakistani High Commissioner in New Delhi raised the bar green sporting fields in every suburb in Australia – tiny tots by directly inciting Kashmiri people. when its main hope in shooting and then in wrestling passed it by. T Selva Sport: Kersi Meher-Homji. like his unscheduled deny. Rekha Rajvanshi. we are plain simple incompetent to let the few detour to Lahore to wish Nawaz Sharif a happy birthday. Manju Mittal Body-Mind-Spirit: Dr Sunder Das. athletics and swimming anyway a far cry. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s then it’s the same sorry story repeating again. Santram Bajaj Seniors Column: Santram Bajaj Beauty: Devaki Parthasarthy. Karam Ramrakha Bollywood: Neeru Saluja Films and Art: Neeru Saluja. Always! It is not in their interest to sort out the violence in the valley. nonetheless. receiving sizeable funds ever ready to join this delegation or that committee in hoards from foreign governments on the pretext of curbing terrorism. we have no strucconciliatory tones. Sumi Krishnan. Devaki Parthasarthy.com Website: www. nothing unexpected. Or. Lokesh Varma Travel : Vijay Badhwar. he did. Dinesh Verma. speech from Red Fort in Delhi on August 15. whinge and complain. Haryana or Tripura can be polished to shine the star in them.com. to cheer our Olympians on their foreign jaunts. matching talent and resources is absolutely paramount. the funds don’t reach their desired destination.au EDITORIAL Principal Editor: Vijay Badhwar Associate Editor: Neena Badhwar North America : Parveen Chopra Sports Editor: Kersi Meher-Homji Delhi Reporter: Ritu Ghai WRITERS Third Eye: Rekha Bhattacharjee Political Columns: Cyprian Fernanades. Kanaka Ramakrishna. picking up the early signs of a talent that can in Occupied-Kashmir. Thornleigh NSW 2120. Kris Raman. which. Manju Mittal Photographers: Raj Suri and Jordan Anjaiya Graphic Design: Dhiraj Kumar Showaan.indiandownunder. PM Modi has responded in kind. we look sideways. Kris Raman Humour: Melvin Durai. else.

before that. have you had any opportunity to meet some of the favourite stars. Pranab Mukherjee. Jagjit -Mr Jaitley had a very good and successful visit to Australia. and the new High Commissioner for the United Kingdom. They are making an enormous contribution to Australian society. Navdeep Suri. You were here in Australia during Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s ‘Make in India’ campaign. I carry responsibility for all facets of the Australia-India relationship. in particular. The festival travelled to 18 cities across India and included over 100 cultural. While there are sometimes differences of emphasis. and included events featuring Australian music. education. Much of the economic relationship is underpinned by people-to-people links. in Delhi early this year. Jagjit. And finally. Australian High Commissioner in New Delhi. for example through the large numbers of Indians studying in Australia at present. I found the President (Pranab Mukherjee) to be most gracious. food. How did you feel presenting your credentials to the President of India? Any highlights you will like to share with TIDU readers? -The credentials ceremony itself was a very serious and solemn occasion. I am deeply committed to seeing that relationship grow and improve during my tenure. What is your short/long term vision towards Australia-India relations? How close is the much talked about trade agreement between the two countries to finalisation? -I hope to support the deepening of the Australia-India relationship over my tenure. The family (as does the whole Indian community) feels proud that Harinder has been given the opportunity to be the ambassador of two cultures. Of course it is a very different experience to visiting as a tourist. How do you feel. I am delighted to see the quality and variety of events being planned which. the name had to M start with letter ‘H’. In the case of Harinder Sidhu. Australian Government policies toward India have generally been bipartisan. chief among them a greater interest by Australian funds management in investing in India. to be able to contribute and enrich them both. In my current capacity. but when she was born. While India has a very significant need for Australian resources. It brought home to me the great honour of this appointment. via Malayasia/Singapore. I presented my credentials together with the new ambassadors of Ukraine and Iraq. I have found many of our young people. India and Bhutan. “We call our eldest daughter Indra. films. held at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Oz Fest was the largest Australian cultural festival ever staged in India. With Festival of India soon happening in Australia. having been left there to be the last to leave due to her knowledge of the local culture and Arabic language. two of them – Andrew Fisher and Stanley Bruce – even resigning from their positions to become high commissioners in London.” Mrs Sidhu recalls fondly. These include assistance in securing venues as well as significant funding support. such as Uranium sale etc? -The Australia-India Nuclear Cooperation Agreement is in force enabling commercial discussions for the export of uranium to take place. Harinder’s mother. Hopefully my appointment can show them – and our girls and young women in particular – that they can use their talents and abilities to achieve whatever they want to in life. With your interest in Bollywood. to be most impressive – smart. I understand that there has been progress on many of the issues raised. dance. Ms Sidhu is considered a MiddleEast expert also having served in Egypt prior to her posting in Syria. hardworking and successful. I believe. as I have done previously. Any message for them? I am myself very proud to come from the Indian community in Sydney. It is indeed an honour to represent your adopted country at the highest level amidst a culture you belong to. as was the custom. with peacocks dancing in your backyard). will help deepen Australians’ understanding of and interest in India’s people and culture. will there be an input by your office in the festival? Any plans to reciprocate similar Australian celebration in India? -We warmly welcome the Festival of India in Australia. knowledgeable about Australia and thoughtful in his discussions with me after the ceremony. with greater and more active trade and investment in both directions. meeting people you only dreamed about and a bevy of helping hands at your command at your slightest gesture. But. My primary interest is to see the bilateral economic relationship grow. it is well-earned and deserved after years of hard work as a senior bureaucrat to be in an oasis after the desert storms of Damascus. later settled in Malaysia/Singapore when it was still one nation. TIDU readers can share part of the scene as summarised in the following questionanswers: Through your appointment. art. both sides support a stronger relationship with India and recognise the benefits this will bring to Australia. With elections now settled. in a landscape that is exclusive (in the Australian High Commission in Chanakya Puri in Delhi. I hope to see this grow as well. By Vijay Badhwar any of the early Australian prime ministers took immense pride in becoming high commissioners in England. comedy and sport. has been working very hard on this Festival and I genuinely wish him and his team every success. will there be any change in bilateral policies. I hope to see the very strong relationship we have built on defence and regional cooperation also to continue to strengthen and grow. and more broadly. Haridner Sidhu presented her credentials to India’s President. I know the Indian High Commissioner. you now connect four or even five countries – Australia. Our state and territory governments are providing a range of support to the Indian High Commission in Canberra to deliver the Festival of India in Australia. The Indian community in Sydney feels proud of you. like Shah Rukh Khan? Sadly. The Australian Government is committed to its cultural engagement with India and has continued to build on the momentum created by Oz Fest in 2012-13.Diplomacy An exclusive interview with Harinder Sidhu. From the Australian perspective. Is there a progress on any of the issues raised? 8 THE INDIAN DOWN UNDER August-September 2016 Harinder Sidhu's father Ajaib Sidhu and mother. My father-inlaw provided the solution suggesting preceding Indra with ‘Har’. The senior Sidhus will be visiting their daughter later in the year to experience it first hand. SingaporeMalaysia. The young family decided to settle in Australia in 1974. no. business. . is an English language teacher. he raised the profile of and interest in India among those he met. Her father Ajaib Sidhu is an electrical engineer from the Punjab in India. science and political events. literature. whose family came to Australia from Punjab. virtually being at home in India? Do you feel special representing as Australia’s High Commissioner compared to visits to India before? -It is a great privilege to serve my country as the Australian High Commissioner to India. But it is early days and perhaps I will in the future. I think there is enormous scope to diversify the economic relationship into other areas such as technology and services.

divisions and dissents galore. In the fifties the "Flying Fijians" as they would be called would come and play Australia and were considered a national force. arbitrary prison sentences for independence seekers. Gandhi. not wholly or in full measure. Today. we have again a strong man at India's helm. After all. looking heavenwards.2 billion people and to be all things to all men. indeed. Trinidad and Surinam in the Caribbean where we have had Indian Prime Ministers. which comes but rarely in history. long suppressed. the apostle of ahimsa. with Indians domi- nating so many fields of endeavour. India will remain a secure country as it seeks to outpace China in progress. Soccer was left to us Indians. and now that time comes when we shall redeem our pledge. Despite that India has progressed by leaps and bounds. Also Guyana. As the departing British mocked us that. India will awake to life and freedom. Britain . but we in India will advance democratically. bahatar janney chela.2 billion strong people. there is Indian presence not only in my native Fiji. a ceremony known as "coba" but pronounced "thombo" in Fijian custom and accorded to superiors. 1947.and United States where 36 per cent of doctors come from India. These three countries provide a cradle for Rugby and perennially produce international players. Vande Matram! FIJI BEATS BRITAIN TO CLAIM GOLD By Karam Ramrakha o my beloved Fiji. if I may conclude. despite Men Vavalagi which literally boats which bought the White means a Man from Under the the pupils outranking the master. but very substantially. "Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny. all rugby needs is a ball and it became popular not only in Fiji but also in Tonga and Samoa. a highly talented and charismatic leader who faces strong opposition from the old and outdated forces in India. At the stroke of the midnight hour. India is ringed with enemies. we can raise our heads high and hope for the best. No less than a Royal Princess of Great Britain to whom the Fijian medallist paid homage by kneeling and clapping their hands three times. Cricket and soccer demanded level playing fields and cricket demanded special equipment. India rises By Karam Ramrakha n 15 August. particularly technology.where the Patels outnumber Smiths in the London phone directory . Do I sound at 83 somewhat maudlin? Yes. I confess I do.Column Slow and steady. “China will advance by coercion. a country they loved and paid deep S Sky. August-September 2016 THE INDIAN DOWN UNDER 9 . Apas me sab bhai bhai’. its rampant brutal rule. In Fiji. The icing on the cake came for them when they were given an opportunity to show homage to a Royal Person from Britain. There is strength in numbers but we Indians do not know how to harness it. the British taught cricket in only specific schools. when we step out from the old to new. has come a very long way. a small dot on the world map. Today. when the world sleeps. but in South Africa. Independence Day is a day which brings us all together. can now hold our heads high. But I know that as an Indian I see India as a generous and honourable country playing a role nationally and internationally despite all the setbacks and divisions that it faces within and outside. The Mahatma tried to abolish and integrate those we now call Dalits but seventy years on it still remains a festering sore. Malaysia. Pt Jawaharlal Nehru giving his iconic ‘Tryst with destiny’ speech in Indian Parliament on the midnight of Aug 14. Oh. I was 14 and we gathered around our radios in Fiji and heard Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru's measured tones as he uttered those famous words. not only in India but also in South Africa. have borne fruit on The Fijians called the White heaven. 1947." Even this song was the subject of censorship. Rugby enjoys an honourable place and indeed the Fiji Sevens who were there to receive their medals showed great humility. when we Indians O India’s first Prime Minister. we joined in the movement and sang and prayed "Meri Mata ke sar par taaj rahe. And who was there to present the medals. The English team can at least take heart from the fact Britain’s Princess Anne conferring the Olympic gold medal on Fiji’s rugby team. We are still short of that goal. The Fijians (or I-tauke as Fiji calls them while Fijians refers to all in Fiji) took to Rugby like ducks to water. which beat Great Britain. God Bless India. The answer to the British was Rugby. means a person who comes from Man to Fiji seemed to come out Fiji in 1874. some in prayer positions. and provide a secure homeland for its 1. has stunned its guru and mentor Great Britain in Rugby. the steel frame which held the umbrella of India would collapse and we Indians would be unable to govern ourselves. as politicians are often expected to be. finds utterance. suffered hatred and derision. yes. Verily it was the classic master and pupil realisation of the saying Sattar janney guru. Each of us who lived that stormy period. my country of birth. and when the soul of a nation. especially for white children. India. As an Indian once said to me. when an age ends. yehi hind mera aazaad rahe. if they left. As children. It is no easy task for him to reach 1. It will take longer for us to realise our goals but we will get there." What remains in my memory is the iron grip that Britain had on India. In Fiji. but we can hold our heads high. Preventive detention was the order of the day. If we all thought of India first as we all can without compromising any nationality or citizenship that we hold. A moment comes. that the seeds. their forbears under Queen Victoria planted in respects to. This was because the of the horizon and thus Vavalagi the international stage. It is a time to seek what unites rather than what divides us. That challenge we have overcome but we cannot drop our guard or be complacent. served more than 15 years in British prisons." Slowly. But we have far to go. we used to sing as children ‘Hindu Muslim Sikh Isaai. we have flashpoints like Kashmir.

the World Bank or the World Economic Forum. He said it was time for Islamabad to explain to the world “why it has been committing atrocities on people in PoK and Balochistan”. Education institutions.25 lakh crore. of curfew and shutdown that have crippled normal life across Kashmir. 2016. it should stop provoking (Kashmiris) to attack police stations." Modi also claimed to have turned around public sector enterprises. Modi described the Indian economy as the most preferred investment destination in the world and promised to bring inflation down to the targeted 4 perent. he said. Previously when in opposition. Modi said the government was trying to link all government schemes with Aadhaar to avoid leakage of benefits. A few days later. What kind of people glorify terrorists? W What kind of people celebrate when people are killed?” A Pakistan official reacted by saying Modi’s speech had “crossed a red line” by opining on the domestic Pakistani issue of Balochistan. the Prime Minister said. The comments “could set back relations in a far more serious manner than anything that’s gone before. "We have connected 70 crore Indians to Aadhaar and social security schemes. Shreshtha Bharat” (One India. Mehbooba Mufti meeting the Prime Minister. New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation for the third time from the ramparts of the Red Fort on August 15. Best India). only 14 crore LPG (cooking gas) connections were added. while it took six to eight months to get a passport earlier. was in contrast to the way Indians reacted with sorrow when terrorists slaughtered school children in Peshawar. everyone has to fulfill his or her responsibilities . look at those who glorify terrorists." he said.India MODI PITCHES FOR Ek Bharat. “I want to speak a bit about the people in Balochistan. exiled Baloch leader Munir Mengal said. This. “India is not 70 years old. his speech touched upon his governmentʼs discernible achievements over the past two years." she said. Shri Narendra Modi. The Goods and Services Tax regime that is being called the most radical reform in independent India's indirect tax system will bring significant benefits to the economy.000-35. The Chief Minister said she exchanged views with the PM on finding a way out of the "Kashmir imbroglio". She said Pakistan lost a "golden chance" to resolve the Kashmir problem when Modi went to Lahore in December last and later when Home Minister Rajnath Singh visited Islamabad for a Saarc conference early this month. "After 60 years of freedom. Mehbooba pins Kashmir hopes on Modi. shops. The meeting was her first with Modi since the unrest began. "Be it the IMF. Harbiyar Marri and Banuk Karima. he said. 50. 13 crore LED (light-emitting diode) bulbs have been distributed for a price of Rs. the situation doesn't change then it will never change. including that of sedition. "I want to tell Pakistan. were registered against Brahamdagh Bugti. which is troubled by both a separatist insurgency and jihadist violence. Modi had made the remarks on humanitarian grounds. she was known to have a soft spot for Pakistan and Kashmiri separatists. He also hit out at Pakistan for supporting terrorism.000 km of transmission lines are being installed now as opposed to 30. “That is the nature of India. he said. Modi also made a clarion call to his countrymen to make continuous efforts to realize their collective dream of “Ek Bharat. be it a Gram Pradhan or a Prime Minister -.000 MW of electricity worth Rs 1. "But the impossible task was made possible by adding 21 crore people in the Jan Dhan Yojana." Mehbooba made a passionate appeal to Kashmiri protesters for peace and sought "one chance" to solve the Kashmir issue. however. But on the other hand. they have all declared India to be the best destination for global capital. Narendra Modi retaliated by pointing out to Pakistani oppression in the western Balochistan province in his August 15 speech. Pakistan too legal action against three top Baloch leaders who had allegedly backed Modi's supportive words on Balochistan. then it would happen. notably solar and wind. and faster delivery of public services like the issuance of a passport. I have hopes that when the Prime Minister says there will be a dialogue with everyone. if it has any sympathy for Kashmiris. "It is time for Pakistan to respond (to India) if it wants peace in Kashmir. Gilgit. it just takes a couple of weeks now even though about two crore people apply for it annually compared with about 20. Baltistan. was fished out of the Jhelum River. The task of financial inclusion was impossible as many people were locked out of the mainstream institutions. Ms. Modi listed areas where he said India has made significant progress in the past couple of years.000 earlier. August 27 marked the 50th day The Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir. Shri Narendra Modi addressing the Nation on the occasion of 70th Independence Day from the ramparts of Red Fort in Delhi on August 15." she said and blamed Pakistan for inciting the violence and provoking youth to attack security forces and police stations. asked separatist leaders to shun violence "if they want to talk". Some government offices have been functioning but with thin attendance. and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. The Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana helps the poor to open bank accounts. . notably financial inclusion through Aadhaar. He reiterated the end of social discrimination. but it is a journey of 70 yearsʼ postcolonial rule." said the Prime Minister. 2016. In Paris. and zero tolerance for violence. But we have added more than four crore new connections in just 60 weeks. 10 THE INDIAN DOWN UNDER August-September 2016 allegedly chased by security forces during a stone-pelting protest a day ago."The Prime Minister is very concerned and is as hurt as we are with the deaths in Kashmir.be it a Panchayat or Parliament. More violence erupted in the state after the body of a man. Islamabad has long accused India of fanning turmoil in Balochistan. He stressed that unity is the only way to move the country forward. adding the resolution of the Kashmir issue was only possible during Modi's government. Mehbooba said she pitched for talks "with all stakeholders" to end the current impasse.” Modi said. renewable sources are his government's focus. Modi's Baloch comments irk Pak hile Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif held India responsible for the ongoing violence in Kashmir in his Independence Day speech on August 14. 50 each and the target is 77 crore bulbs. and now it is our duty to make this country as the best nation.to strengthen every democratic institutions. Commemorating 70th Independence Day of India. expanding energy services to the needy.” he said. in New Delhi on August 27. The Chief Minister said "Indian democracy has enough space to accommodate the dreams of Kashmiris". Modi said and thanked all political parties for supporting the legislation. private offices and other businesses have not opened in seven weeks." said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader who heads a coalition in the state with BJP as its ruling ally. Mehbooba was on a whirlwind visit to Delhi for a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss the situation in Kashmir where at least 71 people have been killed since the July 8 killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani. To attain good governance." To reach electricity to the remote corners of the country.” Modi said. So far. "These 70 crore LED bulbs can save 20. said the prime minister. Similarly. This is for the first time that Mehbooba has directly blamed Islamabad for causing trouble in Kashmir. "If during his time. Sardar Vallabhai Patel unified the country. a senior police officer said. Shresth Bharat IN I-DAY SPEECH The Prime Minister. She.000 km earlier. saying Air India. BSNL and Shipping Corporation of India are now making operational profits. Five cases. On energy. blames Pakistan for unrest New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Aug 27 squarely blamed Pakistan and separatists for fuelling the ongoing trouble in the Kashmir Valley that has been seething with public anger and violent anti-government protests for the past 50 days. he said." he said in his address.

Launching a new logo and a portal for the three-day event here. He plans to surrender the disk to the government on Aug 29.400 documents from French DCNS reached the newspaper continents away. via The Australian. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj told a press conference that format of the annual function has been changed and the event will now be "result-oriented" instead of a cultural function. she said. The registration fee has been reduced this time and fixed at $100 for the January 9 event. after being taken from DCNS by a subcontractor. Stewart however tweeted calling the statement "wrong" and said: "Will release (self-censored) weapons doc Monday. Sushma Swaraj said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's fervent engagement with the Indian diaspora has had an impact and the number of participants in this year's event has gone up. before reaching the whistleblower who gave it to The Australian newspaper." the article said. August-September 2016 THE INDIAN DOWN UNDER 11 . The journalist. Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is celebrated in India each year to mark the contribution of the overseas Indian community to the development of India. also said that he will release documents related to weapon systems on Monday. and around 3. It also said that the whistleblower's hope is that this would "spur the Turnbull government and DCNS to step up security to ensure Australia's $50 billion submarine project does not suffer the same fate". while analysis of the data is on to ascertain the level of information contained. it was announced on Friday. the information. NEW FORMAT PBD FOR BENGALURU IN JANUARY New Delhi: The 14th edition of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) will be held in Bengaluru January 7 to 9. Participants can register themselves through the portal that also gives all the information and details about the event. The main function of the event will be on January 9 that would see a participative session with the diaspora. and will be handed over to the Australian government on Monday. "He has not broken any law and the authorities know who he is. which has had both India and France in a fix. The report by Cameron Stewart also said that the authorities in Australia are aware who the whistleblower is. Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Aug 27 said the leaked infor- mation did not contain data on the weapon systems.According to the report. New Delhi: The leaked data on Scorpene submarine has changed a few hands. The Indian government has so far maintained the leaked information does not cause any major concern." The report in the weekend edition of The Australian meanwhile told the story of how the 22. was delivered to the whistleblower's mail box.000 people are likely to participate in the event. 2017." said the report. There would also be a Youth PBD on January 7. that this classified data exists in a dangerously uncontrolled form is worthwhile because it will serve Australia's interests even if it causes an international furor.India Whistleblower to hand over Scorpene submbarine data to Australian government Reports in Australia about the leak of capabilities of India’s Scorpene submarine fleet rasied huge concern in the Indian government. in a series of tweets. said a report by the journalist who broke the story. "He says he is a whistleblower and maintains that revealing to the world.

Not true. which is aired in India food and judges love Indian food". If any country fits in that essential profile as a potential partner or a willing ally. principal with Ashcroft Sullivan. She said. we asked a some notable Indian Americans. the fifth spiritual successor of BAPS. Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Democratic candidate for president sent her condolences. hot. In New Jersey. India and India Americans lean Democrat. feels there is no clear choice this time for Indian voters as both candidates are flawed. has planned a rally in September to be addressed by Trump in New Jersey. The last rites were conducted on August 17. on Star World and Star World HD. “USA does not take deep interest in India per se and has its eyed peeled on the Middle East.” . He travelled extensively. “Pramukh Swami didn’t just teach virtues – he lived them every day. seems to think that this is an unnecessary conversation. long experience is touted as her asset. that relationship attains higher importance in the pecking order." Nidhi. our cuisine. Vikas Thus. tikkas: 'MasterChef Australia' contestant New Delhi: From her fellow global palette. and She has already set up a home-catering busitea-infused parfait. This election season. And Shalabh Kumar. oily fall in love with "desi" and time-consuming. During her 2008 presidential run she threatened to “totally obliterate” Iran with nuclear weapons. given the current geo-political necessities facing US in its global pursuit of happiness! While the 12 THE INDIAN DOWN UNDER August-September 2016 Democrats have had a more esoteric. a community leader. secretary. hot or time-consuming. was born as Shantilal Patel at Chansad village in Vadodara on December 7. Bush. Gary Mehigan and ent. hopes "to set it up by end of 2016 or start of Indian food might be finding a spot on the 2017".” Nilima Madan. “Trump’s policies may or may not be guided by his craziness. pickled. IndianAmericans For Trump 2016. thousand of his devotees started thronging temples of his sect in various cities and towns mourning his death. Later. "My life has changed a lot.62 billion to Pakistan despite strong opposition from some American lawmakers and India.for her "desi" IANS in an email interview from Adelaide. “Hillary Clinton will be an extension of the Obama Administration. But there is also this belief that Republican administrations have been more beneficial for India – viz the civil nuclear deal inked udner President George W.Nidhi Mahajan made it to Top Preston. Another interesting fact is that when young. holding “satsangs” and creating a large base of devotees. he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the US government.” Our food not only curries.” After his Independence Day speech in Delhi. ON August 13 at the age of 95. and has been entered the kitchen with a mission to put the pursuing her love of cooking ever since. passed away at Sarangpur in Gujarat. the Republicans have pursued a more pragmatic opportunistic relationship defined by business interests and strategic defense tie-ups. he consecrated the first BAPS mandir in New York in 1974. History speaks for itself: Republican Presidents are more friendly with India. In 2000.Trump or the Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton? Vibhuti Jha. asserted roots are in Chandigarh. We have so conceptions that people many other dishes which are feracross the world have about mented. Indians in America lean Democrat.” Dev Makkar. 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Vaanie commenced with a GaneshaKauthuvum and a Jathiswaram followed by the main item of the recital. at the age of 90 years. as she thanked each and every one who had supported and helped her in her journey in learning this ancient dance form. By Neena Badhwar t was as if it wasn’t an Arangetram but a seasoned Bharatnatyam dancer giving a performance. Sanjay Ramaswamy on Vocal. the Karna Kunti conversation. Padma Balakumar. August-September 2016 THE INDIAN DOWN UNDER 13 . No.who will take Bharatnatyam to a different level with her ingenuity and innovation. We hope the calibre and the commitment Vaanie has shown on her Arangatram night. the calibre she showed. the expressions. Unable to travel.Community Vaanie Krishnan. the God who comes on his dancing peacock. and her understanding of the music as she danced. BalajiJagannathan on Violin. Vaanie practiced diligently and at times suggested few ideas which I took on board. the bhavas. JanakanSuthanthiraraj on Mridangam and Sridhar Venkhatesh on the Flute. and her understanding of the music as she danced. Was Vaanie tired of it all. Vaanie wrote the lines in English herself. In every aspect it was Vaanie’s night.” The second half of the evening commenced with Ardhanareeshwari where Vaanie depicted both the masculine Shiva and the feminine Shakti excellently. a second generation Indian born in Australia. ease as a young emerging artist who not only performed but also took her creativity further to produce her version of an unsung hero ‘Karna’. It is sheer dedication on part of the child and also the parents to spend every weekend morning for practice and the teacher equally putting in all her efforts into moulding a young girl into a dancer. With English lines enacted by Sanjay Ramaswamy over the beautiful vocals of PremaAnandakrishnan. Music composed by her grandfather. Vaanie Krishnan made it look so easy. the calibre she showed. the team of live musicians showed in their coordinated efforts a vision and understanding of the grandeur set by both the composition of LalgudiJayaraman and the choreography by Padma Balakumar and Vaanie’s challenging ability to rise up to this fantastic ensemble. Accompanied by PremaAnandakrishnan on Vocal. Vaanie showed tremendous stamina right up to the last item.000 Kms distance irrelevant as the family back home in Kochi cheered and felt proud of their grandchild. so matured and in total control of the stage that some 400 invited guests on July 9 at the NSW University Science Theatre gave a standing ovation that they had witnessed a star in the making. Vaanie excelled in her Abhinaya and footwork through all the Jathis. A disciple of renowned teacher and Bharatnatyam dancer Padma Balakumar. One does not realise how I much hard work goes into organising an Arangetram besides years of training. and a violinist grandfather who choreographed a special item for the Arangetram. TM Mahadevan. The evening continued with BrindavanaNilaye in RagamReethigowlai. KanchadhalayaDakshi in praise of the Goddess Kamakshi and the finale Thillana in Madhuvanti. Vaanie brought forth the poetry of the composition to life showing the Nayika’s growing impatience as she waits for Lord Muruga. Vaanie chose a difficult subject which many experienced dancers would have found challenging. It was a night of so many revelations how young Vaanie had grown into a beautiful young woman who was confident on stage and performed each item with grace and perfection. Vaanie trained under her for the last ten years. said on the night. a classical singer. It comes from the family: mother Sumi Krishnan. an exponent of Bharatnatyam in Sydney. She not only seemed to be enjoying herself at each and every step and moment. Live Web cast made the 10. a Varnam composed by LalgudiJayaraman in RagamNeelambari set to AdhiThalam. not really. the expressions. Not to mention continuing the commitment to an art form from a distant culture.she may be an artist to watch for. her grandfather and grandmother saw her Arangetram via live web cast. She is a girl who has blossomed into a beautiful young woman and has performed beautifully tonight. a Bharatanatyam star emerges on Sydney horizon In every aspect it was Vaanie’s night. the bhavas. She exuded charm. the entire team brought to fruition the ‘Natya ang’ of the ‘Conversation’ and the ensuing Kurukshetra to life. “I am so happy and proud to see Vaanie perform her Arangetram tonight.

. The Gala Festival comprises of a variety of top acts. who was chosen to sing for the performance at short notice and did an exemplary job. Other free events include Bollywood workshops. for classical beats you cannot go past the Hindustani duet couple Saskia Rao and Shubendra Rao on Cello and Sitar accompanied by Bobby Singh to be presented at the Parramatta Lennox Theatre on the 21st September. The stand out feature of Odissi form of dance is its ‘Tribhangi’. if a body of work is excellent it can be a moving experience for many who have never been exposed to it. the Bageshwari Pallavi set to taal Ek Tali. Despite the fact that the event was poorly advertised and marketed. Sujata’s ability to maintain her perfect postures even whilst dancing to these fast rhythms in movement and footwork was unsurpassed. “Working closely with India’s Ministry of Culture and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and in association with the Australia’s Department of Communications and the Arts.” In the spirit of the festival TIDU recommends its readers some performances and the artists who shall adorn our shores as part of the Festival. establish the fact that no matter where one comes from. as the doyen of Odissi dance. local dance schools and artists Ruchi Sanghi School of Dance and Madhuram Academy of Classical Dance. Both Natraj Cultural Centre and Indian Consulate have to be congratulated for bringing these artists to our shore. Choreographed by this great master.brilliant performance Bageshwari Pallavi unfolding of the dance as if sculptures have come to life through musical rasa creating distinct moods interspersed with intricate rhythmic patterns expressed through footwork particular to this type of dance. Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra. The vocalist Krishna Chandra Roy was from Australia. Sujata began the evening with Mangalacharan in praise of Lord Vishnu dancing to Raag Gujari Todi set to Thri taal. we have chosen some of the finest elements from the rich tapestry of Indian culture and civilization for our friends in Australia. Kalakshetra is presenting 'Jatayu Moksham' in Canberra in November 2016. the famous ‘Tha Jham Tha Thari Jham’ was a standout traditional and exhilarating piece to watch. Aptly introduced by the Master of Ceremonies. Tickets are nominally priced at $20 for all patrons. on Violin Ram Chander Das.Festival of India is an ambitious project bringing professional acts from India. a celebration of female power. a piece dedicated to the Goddess in Raga Bhairavi set to Ek Tali. the S shaped three fold bending of head. On Pakhawaj Eklabya Muduli. Kalakshetra dance Nrityagram dance ensemble Sujata Mohapatra. Sujata Mohapatra performed a solo Odissi repertoire with an ensemble of four musicians. The next item presented was ‘abhinaya’ which was expression dominant. The recital concluded with Moksha or Awakening. Divya Sriram of Madhuram Dance Academy. the audience of about 200 patrons. we have mainly Odissi dance acts brought by Nrityagram as Shriya. These stories have been seen in many styles across various dance styles. which is being held from August to November. chest and pelvis. another gem by Bhubaneshwar Mishra and Guru Kelucharan partnership was brought to life here in Sydney. has created many pallavis for each of his dance students like an artist who plays with colours on his canvas. the body of Puthana. directed by T Atul Kumar. the recital 14 THE INDIAN DOWN UNDER August-September 2016 comprised of the stories of naughty Krishna. The conversations between the Pakhawaj and the Dancer’s foot work in a sawal jawab. a sculpture in Odissi dance By Sumi Krishnan atraj Cultural Centre’s 55th Spirit of India concert was presented under the umbrella of the Government of India initiative. If there is one event that readers definitely should go to it is the Gala Festival to be held at the Sydney Opera House on the 18th of September. brings Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night with 25 artists from India Nautanki style. All three from India. ranged across an interesting yet uncomplicated rhythmic exchange through the Pallavi.Bollywood Great Indian acts come to Aussie shores Confluence – Festival of India will run through November and the festival gala event is at the Sydney Opera House on September 18. Kalinga the Snake. In addition. By Sumi Krishnan he Confluence . composed by the well-known Odissi composer Bhubaneswar Mishra. The attractive semi new age acts that will be popular with first generation Indians are Raghu Dixit and Sonam Kalra Sufi Gospel music. Yoga. Confluence Festival of India concerts being held in Australia. the Guru of Sujata and that of Odissi dance itself. it is a shame that Sydney will miss out on seeing this fantastic production. with their ensemble of excellent artists. A visual and aural treat bringing to life the Oriya song ‘Kedachandha’. Said the High Commissioner Navdeep Suri when it was launched in July. mainly Australians. As Krishna defeats and finally conquers in body and mind. Cricket Connect and Khadi Fashion Show. which are distinct uniquely mirroring the temple sculptures found in the regions around Bhubaneshwar and Konark of India. the Bull Dhenuka and the Bear Vakasura. Yet the choreography of Kelucharan Mohapatra was scintillating in the beautiful composition of Mishra Kaafi. music composed by Padmashree Raghunath Panigrahi. Sonam Kalra. for drama Piya Beharupiya. oceans away from the birthplace of this exemplary art form. Ending with Yashoda witnessing his Vishwaroopam when scolded for eating mud in his open mouth. on Flute Soumya Ranjan Joshi. This was followed by a ‘Nritta’ pure dance piece in a N Natraj Cultural Centre 's director Mohinder Dhillon with Sujata Mohapatra Sujata Mohapatra . including Raghu Dixit. However.

women and men from all over Australia shall come together on one platform to showcase the best of beauty and brains. intelligent and competent enough to compete in international pageants and represent Australia. the contest also aims to allow the title holders to act as ambassadors for their community and work for a nominated charity. present and speak for themselves and that's why each finalist in my pageant is different. Besides fame and admiration. She is also a perfect example of a single mother of two kids. she created a stir in Sydney.com. Behind this contest is the hard work of the organiser.” says Reena with a smile. Last year’s event was attended by Bollywood queen Soha Ali Khan as the judge and chief guest.Touch the Soul has made its mark in the community where contestants compete for the coveted title. log in to http://missindiaau. the pageant is one event that not only brings a Bollywood star to Sydney. who conceptualised the Miss India AU . proud. With a strong message of ‘celebrating womanhood’ and ‘empowering men’ to their best. They are different as they grabbed the opportunity and defined themselves in a courageous manner than the rest. Miss/Mrs/Mr India Australia (also Miss Teen India Australia) . still remains popular thanks to her graceful looks and classy style statement. Keeping with the tradition.Bollywood By Neeru Saluja The charming actress. On 25th September. Reena Koak. With contestants applying all year round.” Every year the contest aims to bring a different outlook. “I am sure some may get real opportunities to become stars in their own right.” says Reena. The winner of the 2016 contest will be crowned by Bollywood actress Karishma Kapoor and will go on to participate in an international pageant. Karishma Kapoor. "Our goal through this contest is to teach all young women/men how to speak. The rounds of the contest match the standards of an international pageant. As soon as she was announced as the judge.au/ August-September 2016 THE INDIAN DOWN UNDER 15 .Touch the Soul and Mrs India AU . this year’s chief guest is actress Karishma Kapoor who has ruled the film industry for decades. present your best and be able to move out of your comfort zone. I For more details. she created a stir in Sydney Reena Koak is the founder of Miss India Australia Corporation. We provide a platform for them to come up. Three year in making. thus becoming bigger and better. Last year’s winners Tanya Bali (Miss India Australia) and Deepanshu Dhiman (Mr India Australia) have both been involved with charity events in Australia and also got a chance to participate in an international pageant in Jamaica. She carries herself with elegance. a combination of beauty and brains and can be a great role model for our contestants. it aims to turn young men and women from down under into confident. and this year the swimsuit round is a latest addition. be presentable and truly be your best selves. finalists will be shortlisted to undergo rigorous training from the best experts of the industry before the grand finale. It's not a cakewalk to walk the ramp. “The charming actress still remains popular thanks to her graceful looks and classy style statement. As soon as she was announced as the judge of the Miss/Mrs/Mr India Australia pageant. the pageant might help them polish their personalities. people who are beautiful.Touch the Soul platform t's that time of the year again.

Mitu Bhowmick-Lange must be congratBollywood event with dancers competing from very young to old. “Cinema is a medium that connects us all no matter where we are from. Telstra’s fame. director of Mind Blowing Films. murders and many more issues when one puts seven young Indian women under one roof. To a question in the crowd that the movie actually left one viewer disturbed.” said Tannishtha. Richa ulated for bringing this great festival to Chadha. Punjabi actor Amarinder Gill. Fox Studios. “When I saw Leslie Udwin’s movie on Nirbhaya rapists I was shocked to see the response of one of the main rapists. over a long time. ‘Ek for the Sydney segment of the film festival Main Aur Ekk Tu’ film director Shakun and obviously need more Bollwyood guests to visit Sydney like what the lucky Melbourne always gets. it was numbing to hear him. a gun.Batra. director of film Rajkahini with Rituparna Sen Bollywood stars who come calling with h u g e crowds going ecstatic at the Federation Square when this year’s chief guests Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh turned up for the flag hoisting ceremony to celebrate India’s Independence Day along with Indian Dr Yadu Singh with Tannishtha Chatterjee Consul General in Melbourne. The change in the mindset on the treatment of women can’t come without it. famous director Anurag Kashyap of ence is a big drawcard for the crowd that ‘Raman Raghav II” and the recent ‘Akira’ pours in from all over Melbourne. a housewife in an unhappy relationship and not being able to conceive.” The screening of the two movies in Sydney was followed by Q&A session by Tannishtha Chatterjee and director Srijit Mukherji. “There are no solutions. Sydney Indian community came to watch the movies with the crowd gathering around the two actors Tannishtha and Rituparna for selfies and pictures after the shows. Simi Grewal.” ‘Angry Indian Goddesses’ revolves around many issues – single mother bringing up a child and her corporate lifestyle. We need to support Mind Blowing Films Pakistani actor Fawad Khan of ‘Kapoor & Sons’. that too. a court case going on for years. family not accepting a lesbian relationship and a marriage. a gang S Mitu Bhowmick-Lange at IFFS rape. Manika Jain. Bollywood pres.Bollywood Bollywood stars selfie at IFFM 2016 ydney got its own reflected glory of Indian Film Festival Melbourne (IFFM 2016) when IFF. Tannishtha answered how ‘Angry Indian Goddesses’ was an experimental film by director Pan Nalin who brought together seven women and gave them 15 days workshop to work through their scripts. This year the movies we have curated are on the theme of women empowerment. Sydney was launched here. selected in this year’s festival. “They chose their own roles that they wanted to play. ‘Bollywood and Beyond’ sponsored by Westpac Group with ten films selected to be screened August 17-21 was held at Cinema Paris. an NRI trying to break into Bollywood. I guess only education can help. Tannishtha Chatterjee. “This is what all those women talked and discussed as they went through the workshop prior to the shoot which lasted for 30 days.” said Tannishtha to a question 16 THE INDIAN DOWN UNDER August-September 2016 Westpac Group's Rebecca Berry (extreme right) about rape and eveteasing. she said. Radhika Sydney and the choice of movies that were Apte (actress of the film ‘Parched’). Rishi Kapoor at IFFM . Bengali film ‘Rajkahini’ director Srijit Bollywood dance competition conducted by Mukherji with actor Rituparna Sen all Malaika Arora Khan is an established descended in Melbourne with their movies. Said Mitu Bhowmick-Lange.” Melbourne Indians got to glimpse all t h e Srijit Mukherji. on the night. The two movies that were part of the opening night in Sydney were ‘Angry Indian Goddesses’ and Bengali film ‘Rajkahini’.

and both remain her forte. foul mouthed and courageous madam of the brothel caught in a crossfire during the partition of India.” Besides acting. why not a married actress have 10 husbands in a film?” questions this bold actress. “Bengali cinema has always showcased the best of literature and best of films. Aparna Sen (Paromitar Ek Din). has the film industry been more open to married actresses who want a work-life balance? “The mindset is changing for Indian cinema. Hindi cinema has gone to the next level. In Sydney for the opening night of the ‘Indian Film Festival’ organised by Mind Blowing Films. I had to transform myself to become Begum Jaan. every day I wake up and I see how much more life has to offer. Though she has been ruling the Tolly film industry for the past two decades. then also I feel guilty! I love my kids but I also love my passion for acting. It’s been quite a process but now there is no looking back. dancer and a mother? -“Balancing everything is the biggest challenge of life! If you do less for the family. “Srijit was very hard on us. “I write a fortnightly column called ‘Ask Rita’ in The Telegraph which specialises on relationships and topical issues. We don’t know what kind of trauma and fear people went through during the partition time. Portraying the role of a prostitute didn’t come easy to Rituparna. “I enjoy being an actor and want to play as many characters as I can. director Srijit Mukherji and actress Rituparna Sengupta introduced their film ‘Rajkahini’ to a Bengali film loving audience. As the ruthless. but also gave me a lot of strength as an actress. Rituparna is also an established dancer and writer. Age for actresses is not a taboo anymore and they are not written off once they get married. Aishwarya Rai have proved that we can break open the gender bias.” reveals Rituparna. She has won the National Film Award for her performance in Dahan. Be it Begum Jaan or any other strong female character. I used to sometimes cry and he A told me ‘don’t think you are a superstar. Rituparna talked to TIDU and we ended up in a heart-toheart conversation outside the cinemas munching out of a bucket of popcorn! Rituparna is an Indian film actress known for her work in Bengali and Hindi films.Bollywood Tigress of Bengali cinema roars in Sydney Rituparna Sengupta spoke exclusively to TIDU in Sydney where she was at the ‘Indian Film Festival’ to introduce her latest film ‘Rajkahini’. I’m a workaholic. After Sydney. By Neeru Saluja ctress Rituparna Sengupta is in her finest moment of glory. It was a complete makeover and my director wanted me to do full justice to the role. As an actor I’m a free bird.” tells Ritu. aptly referred to as the tigress of Tollywood! In ‘Rajkahini’ Rituparna Sengupta plays the ruthless. the head of the brothel and had to talk in foul language. I will fly directly back to India where I’m performing on Rabindranath Tagore’s ‘Shyama’. After the introduction. I call it a positive cinema. and if I’m saying no to my work due to my family commitments.” says Ritu. foul mouthed and courageous madam of the brothel caught in a crossfire during the partition of India. I feel comfortable with both the worlds. With changing times. She has showed her strength in commercial as well as parallel cinema. having mesmerised audiences with her powerful performances in films by the late Rituparno Ghosh. writer. Why is marriage and commitment always about women? We have the same psyche. you are the madam of the brothel. She was introduced to parallel cinema by Rituporna Ghosh and has always been a big supporter of regional cinema. same desires. He pushed me to my limits. the film ‘Rajkahini’ has brought out her best. This change has come across in the past five years and actresses like Vidya Balan. This film is a tribute to our forefathers”. Rituparna has always made a difference in films. August-September 2016 THE INDIAN DOWN UNDER 17 . “ So how do you balance being an actor. “This movie has not only given me accolades and recognition. I have done a few movies in Hindi and I loved doing them because of their huge changing concepts. then why is there a difference between men and women when it comes to career choices? If a married actor can flirt around with ten actresses. I want to touch different horizons. same aspirations. Rajkahini is the film which is close to her heart. Rituparna is still going strong after two decades. I’m a director’s actor and really thankful to my directors for letting me play various shades of roles. and Tarun Mazumdar (Chander Bari). He brought the best out of me. not the genre or the industry. At the end of the day. Known as the tigress of the Bengali cinema. you feel guilty. I’m a very positive person and can only see the positive side of life and people. My commitment as an actor is with the director.

On Independence Day she released a video on how Handa’s son is getting ready for marriage and two days before the marriage he declares he is gay. Hore Ki (what else)!!! . I also did odd jobs like working in a restaurant and 18 THE INDIAN DOWN UNDER August-September 2016 Ssumier Pascricha and in the garb of Pammi Aunty in marketing. I care what she says.” Till then. Pammi Aunty thinks she is the ‘coolest’ lady in town.” After you became a woman are you getting a lot of female attention? “Oh yes! I’m getting more female attention being a woman than being a man! That makes Pammi Aunty a lesbian! I’ll reveal a secret to you. Ssumier’s overnight sensational icon was born out of a game with his nephew over Snapchat. rants. You have to admit a slice of Pammi Aunty lives in every Punjabi household! Pammi Aunty’s hilarious videos with Sarla behenji and cribbing about her MBA (Maha Batmeez Aurat) daughter-in-law have become an internet sensation. My friends lived in Australia and I wanted to continue my passion there. full of life and never takes life seriously. Cancer patients are saying they are laughing because of me. I got a job as a n RJ S with an Indian radio in Perth and within weeks became an established theatre artist in the Indian circle. nani while some admit outright they have an MBA at home!” Not many know. Australia. UK. “I shifted to Australia because my dad never liked my acting. there are also talks about a movie made on her. Many fans tell me they can relate her to their chachi. the spice to the kitty parties and the muse of MIL-DIL relationships. She is a strong personality and a true Punjabi. Pammi Aunty is very liberal about gay issues. She is the talk of the town. A TV actor.” Pammi Aunty has a bright future. I first came to Australia in 1999 with business offers for exporting marble and granite in Melbourne and Sydney. Doing theatre and mimicry since the age of 10. The first video went live on 14 May and now each video gets 1 million views within a few hours. quarrels. With offers for TV and reality shows. enjoy her gossiping. Within a month. Bollywood and much more. Pokeman. Canada to even Nigeria. Pammi Aunty doesn’t worry about what she says and speaks her heart out. singer and photographer. I do not know when it became viral and how the world came to know about it!” Pammi Aunty has fans all over the world now – ranging from India. Ssumier was born and brought up in a typical Delhi Punjabi household. “Pammi Aunty wants to enjoy life and not take anything to heart. Pammi Aunty will not exist.” Australia made you a man but now the world recognises you as a woman. “I was exploring the cool App and liked an icon which became ‘Pammi Aunty’. I came to Australia as a kid but it made me a man. not a man? “This is something what I tried and it worked. Pammi Aunty tells Sarla behenji: at least they saved on the jewellery! These are the kind of issues I would like to highlight in my videos. I don’t care how she looks. Was it a deliberate choice to be a woman. a lady told me her mum was depressed and stressed but now she was smiling after watching my videos. a mask on her face and enormous pink glasses. She is a creation of my observance from my childhood. When the videos stop making people laugh. I did a few videos on Facebook and was only entertaining my friends. They don’t hide anything or keep things in their heart. “There are some countries which I have not even heard of! I feel blessed when people tell me they are smiling because of me. but Pammi Aunty found her innings in Australia. Now let’s meet the ‘cool Aunty’ who is actually a man – Ssumier Pascricha. I fell in love with the country and came back to study in Perth in 2004 till 2008. I owe my success to this country. It’s a great honour as women are more expressive than men.Bollywood By Neeru Saluja he makes me ROFL and I’m sure she has the same effect on you. With a purple towel over her head.

there needs to be a better understanding of it as a legitimate medical problem. It was a heart-wrenching conversation I had with a close friend of mine that put this in perspective for me. BBC journalist Attika Choudhary created a powerful video that A delved into the hidden mental health issues within the South Asian community. car. she spoke about her experience with depression and the misconceptions perpetuated within our community. In an essay published on Deepika’s website. an Americanborn Indian comedian. they thought I’d eventually snap out of it but I just continued to suffer in silence”.” She said “My family did not want to hear about it. But what strikes me most about Aparna isn’t her clever. One of the biggest obstacles for people suffering from mental illness is confronting the public stigma. Last year. According to the Queensland Health Department. that in itself is not enough. moving to bigger houses and buying flashier cars. now regularly featuring on numerous television shows. Aparna Nancherla. “I felt as though my heart had been ripped from my chest. one in five people. It is important for all us to check up regularly and ask those we love if they are okay and open a dialogue within our group of friends and families to challenge the stigma. Variety Magazine named her one of the ‘ten comedians to watch out for in 2016’. plush home. Yes. mental illness will affect one fifth of the population at some point during their lifetime (Australian Department of Health). We maintain our izzat at the expense of an individual’s health. I didn’t want to go Deepika Padukone had confessed publicly that she was depressed during the filming of Happy New Year. To admit to mental health issues would bring sharam (shame) to one’s family since it is so deeply stigmatised within the Indian community. an issue which is endemically stigmatised within our community. This could be your child. However. ‘How can you be depressed? You have everything going for you. it is her courageous choice to use her humour to address the topic of mental illness. If we follow in Aparna and Deepika’s footsteps we are one step closer to breaking the silence. the Indian American comedian. bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. By Nitasha Bhatia parna Nancherla. movies… What else do you want?’ It’s not about what you have or don’t have. mother or father. As Aparna has said ‘the more we talk the less shameful it becomes’. When you have a headache. On the whole. It is an illness that does not discriminate and can affect anyone at any time. our community will continue to fight a losing battle. we are told to ‘be brave betee’ and just keep going.” Indeed. It’s like any other lifelong condition. The movement to change must also come from the grassroots level. including Conan O’Brien’s late night talk show. When we are physically unwell there always seems to be some remedy readily available. Recently. is speaking openly about her personal battle with depression in her stand-up shows. sister. Consequently. When your tooth is hurting you chew on some cloves. anything that doesn’t fit into our cultural norms are looked down upon. you are told to drink the Tulsi tea. Unfortunately. As Indians we celebrate the accolades. brother. “The most common reaction is. This might be because in our culture the concept of izzat (honour or prestige) is deeply rooted in our social milieu. it is not a question of what you do or don’t have. Indian-Australians are considerably less likely to seek help for mental health conditions compared to the rest of the Australian population. prominent Bollywood celebrities like Anushka Sharma and Deepika Padukone have started speaking about their own mental health issues in an attempt to challenge the existing beliefs. when we are feeling down. She opened up to me about the depression she experienced in the years following her marriage breakdown. It is an illness that can potentially impact anyone. it is an issue that continues to be marked only by silence within our Indian community. We all have a role in creating a mentally healthy community. This is despite Indians experiencing similar levels of psychological distress to other Australians. The YouTube video featured an Indian father who was suffering from depression and the inability for his own family to understand what was happening to him.Community The more you talk about it the less shameful it becomes. Earlier this year. from churning out the finest doctors and lawyers to ensuring our children get into selective schools. She has made a name for herself on the American stage. We have been conditioned to be stoic and get on with it. As long as we continue to associate mental illness with sharam. You are supposed to be the number one heroine. no will to live. I had no motivation. The term ‘mental illness’ encompasses a multitude of disorders that often have a debilitating effect on individuals and their loved ones. witty and hilarious punch lines. I wanted to shut myself away from the world. being stoic only masks the problem leading to more pain and misery in silence. we contrive a façade that focuses only on the ‘good’ times and conceals the ‘bad’. Even though it is commendable that celebrities are beginning to publicly speak about mental illness. In Australia. Some of the most common forms include anxiety. Instead. our community is doing well and we should rightfully feel gratified. is speaking openly about her personal battle with depression in her stand-up shows August-September 2016 THE INDIAN DOWN UNDER 19 . However. depression. While awareness of mental health conditions is gaining momentum in the wider Australian community. anywhere. The video highlighted how mental illness is often mistaken for personal weakness within the South Asian community.

Ekta Kapoor. While Indian serial ‘Ishk ka Naam Safed’ deals with the treatment of widows with the usual Indian touch of hullabulla. do not require an ARY or a HUM TV to continue to drag a serial to over 800 episodes meaninglessly. Most Pakistani serials revolve around women and women’s issues. poorly written and predictable plots. Yes. Vasey Chaudhury and Khalil-ur-Rehman Qamar who keep the stories spinning. not so rural yet carrying a similar scenario more modern form of rebellion against male oppression ‘Bhai’ starring Noman Ijaz. you are in for a surprise. are you listening? Fantastic writers like Faiza Iftikhar. starring Sanam Baloch and Fawad Khan. watch ‘Ek Nazar Meri Taraf’. For psychological thrillers. Babar Javed. Some fantastic storylines and acting. yet it is not as dark as it seems. and others do not hesitate to deal with difficult topics in all their shades of grey. Familial feudal fights between Lords in rural Pakistan juxtaposed against returning foreign educated Pakistanis who strive to make a difference in ‘Tum Ho Ke Chup’. the ‘Evil Phoophi’ or the cruel mother-in-law. distasteful and completely lacking in social value and an utter waste of time. overdressed bejewelled women against a background of artificial settings. ‘Dastaan’. starring Humayun Saeed and Ayesha Khan. playwright Samira Fazal brought the novel ‘Bano’ by Razia Butt to life. There are psychological thrillers made possible only because Pakistani television has an awesome group of writers whose magnificent dialogues are spell binding and you are hooked. both powerful actors.Bollywood Pakistani TV serials beat Indian serials hollow By Sumi Krishnan or God’s sake! Indian serials!! horrible!!! intolerable. Winning in every which way. Serials which reflect the rural cultural ethos. ‘Kafir’ starring Humayun Saeed and Ayesha Khan is another psychological thriller with Humayun acting in a negative role as a rich spoilt man driven to possess until the heroine exposes him. rape and pilfering that occurs during the partition of India. The more guttural rural Urdu mixed with Punjabi or the sophisticated Urdu mixed with Persian. which won the award for the best serial in 2015. The intensity of the storyline is captured well by its crisp editing and direction which deals with the rioting. acting and the progression of the story through a mere 25 to 30 episodes. unending storylines and dialogue deliveries. whilst extreme in certain respects. dialogues. one of Pak TV’s hidden gems. His powerful performance of a man driven by abuse in his childhood to become an abuser himself. the hit pair of the hugely popular Humsafar A still from Sadqay Tumhare punch. Directors like Humayun Saeed. Pakistani serials beat any Indian serial from every angle. Pleeease!! Give me a break!! Everything screams ‘Crass’. where romance pours and spills off the screen between Babar Ali. horrible camera angles that keep switching between each actor’s face at all the important turns and twists in stories until the next advertisement. and Alishba Yousuf. you cannot go past the gripping Bashar Momin starring Faisal Qureshi. cinematography. To mention a few of these serials. which would make you think that the heroine’s role is more important than that of the male actors. Dubai and USA which deal with Pakistani migrant settlement and western issues are ‘Jackson Heights’ starring abused wife and mother Marina Khan who works as a the beautician and Noman Continued on page 21 A still from Pyare Afzal . drives a Humayun-Saeed-and-Mehwish-Hayat in Dillagi 20 THE INDIAN DOWN UNDER August-September 2016 Fawad Khan and Mahira Khan. brave enough to deal with sadly backward socio-political issues are ‘Sadqay Tumhare’ starring Mahira Khan. From music to their screaming long monologues. adultery and social double standards and is based around a family of three sons and a widowed mother. serials set in UK. Ahsan Khan and Saba Qamar F is a story that deals with love across borders. Stories from around regional Pakistan are indeed a peep into the variance in culture. starting with its storyline. This serial deals with widowhood. there is the criticism to be levied that the serials usually do involve love triangles a plenty. I find the dialects fascinating possessing an ability to express shades of feelings in ways which can only be defined in Urdu. costume and the language of Urdu. one of the most versatile actors in Pak TV today. yet there are those better ones that revolve around stories truly worthy of being told. If so.

Despite poor story lines. a real tearjerker. starring Fahad Mustafa and Faisal Qureshi. A new Khan in Bollywood who may take the mantle of Aamir. Fawad Khan was in Melbourne for the 5th Indian Film Festival of Melbourne and spoke to ABC Live. Continued from page 20 Ejaz a Pakistani Taxi Driver in USA whose struggle to stay true to their identity and conscience is well directed. He told ABC Live program about similarities between the two countries. Fawad Khan is young. ‘Udaari’ on sexual abuse of a minor. I watch these people and wish I could move like them. He debuted in ‘Khoobsurat’ with the pretty Sonam Kapoor earlier. ‘Kuch Pyar Ka Pagalpan’ is a romantic comedy starring Fawad Khan. My boundaries are limited to number of films that are offered to me but I am pretty open and receptive to material that comes my way. for sure. His Pakistani serial ‘Humsafar’ with beautiful Mahira Khan (cast opposite Shah Rukh Khan in the movie ‘Raees’ to be released in early 2017) was one that became a hit with the Indian- F subcontinent community both back home and abroad. Fawad Khan has built up a huge female fan following. Fawad has acted in a few Pakistani TV serials but left when he started to get offers from Bollywood. unacceptable marriages that go right like Zid. and reassuringly they do. Bollywood. Pakistani heart throb who now has the hearts of a billion Indians and NRIs after he entered Bollywood a year before last. So I want everyone to enjoy the festival. I must say I am having a great time in Bollywood. ‘Chup Raho’ heroine’s torturous brother-in-law when finally in ‘Dillagi’ the heroine tries to challenge her man. on the theme that everything foreign or American is not glitter and glamour. “I have been very lucky for what I have been offered so far. and daring enough to take up lead roles such as the one in ‘Kapoor & Sons’ in which he played an Indian son who finally comes out of the closet to declare that he is gay. amazing story lines and plots these Pakistani writers keep coming up with dramas that not only bring to light the social problems. Fawad was interviewed along with filmmaker Anurag Kashyap. “A number of Pakistani actors are crossing over to India to work in the world’s biggest film industry. two friends who meet in New York. Fawad Khan is charming. I swear to God I wish I could dance or sing. they capture it with class and hook you yet save time since they come in ad-free slots on YouTube! I. Ayesha Khan and Sanam Baloch. Bushra Ansari in a standout performance as a cigarette wielding stingy strong Muslim woman and owner of a Pakistani restaurant settled in England for 30 years whose unwelcome and unaccepted daughterin-law helps her see the light of the day. The story is the journey of a young man’s search for his own identity both in Pakistan and in USA. violent husband. “Indians and Pakistanis are essentially the same.” Fawad said. a festival that recognises diversity. Fayzal Qureshi Ayesha Khan Ayeza Khan Hamza Ali Abbasi Ushna Shah Zahid Ahmed August-September 2016 THE INDIAN DOWN UNDER 21 . His interview in live conversation with Jon Faine at 774 ABC Melbourne discussed cinema and censorship. gorgeous and has Bollywood and his fans clamoring for more.” The ‘Kapoor & Sons’ actor earned another feather in his cap on Awards night on Friday by IFFM 2016 when he received ‘Diversity Award’ at Mind Blowing Films’.Bollywood Debonair actor Fawad Khan charms Melbourne By Manju Mittal awad Khan. ‘Pyare Afzal’ starring Humza Ali Abbasi and Aiza Khan reminded me of the romance of Guru Datt’s film ‘Pyaasa’ with the serial using as its title song ’Jaane wo kaise log the jinko pyar se pyar mila’. “This festival is a way to remind the world that Australia is a multicultural country and our love of cinema is just one thing we have in common. ‘Bilqees Kaur’ starring one of my favourites. Fawad Khan was in Melbourne for the 5th Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM 2016) as its guest. excellence and achievement in Indian cinema. ‘Humsafar’ a story of a divorced couple who come together for their cancer affected child. the invaluable camera’s romance with the protagonist and the writer’s spellbinding dialogues leave me feeling warm and glowing so typical of yesteryear ‘Mills and Boon’ books in ‘Zindagi Gulzar Hai’ starring Sanam Saeed and Fawad Khan story of hate that turns into love.” He revealed though that he wants to improve his dancing skills. both in his home country and now in India too. ‘Main Abdul Qadar Hoon’ is a unique story written by Sarwat Nazir. for one. actress Richa Chadha and IFFM Director Mitu Bhowmick-Lange. Mitu Bhowmick-Lange shared. am a true and devoted fan of a culture that gives me a peep into Pakistani Muslim issues to someone who hails from south of India and now lives in Sydney. Serial Pakeeza’s dominating. Shah Rukh and Salman.” he said. rude.

has survived breast cancer and chemotherapy. Marie has also looked after a girl of Indonesian and Bangladeshi mix. “All the kids who came to our home have slept in this pram. a mother too sick to look after her baby or parents with psychiatric issues. that too with Down Syndrome. a daughter who is now 57-years-old. 2009) noted that while primary and secondary prevention are important. So. children who have suffered maltreatment must be afforded necessary support and services. acknowledge and raise awareness of the invaluable work of foster carers in our community. the preference is for children to be safe and cared for in their own family. / Said the angels to the Lord above. which she bought for her first child. “He was one-day-old but was one of the most beautiful little babies.fosteringnsw. And this is not just one special need baby that Marie has looked after.5per cent are in relative/kinship care and 3. But if they drop one toy to hold another one when given then they are not growing.Community By Neena Badhwar he is 83-years-old. for short periods. healthy two-year-old. They said to give up this baby born out of wedlock if she ever came back to Nepal. Maries cuddles her. too. some of them special need kids. “When the child is found a home. drugs. This boy is now five-years-old and has been placed with a family of three where the other two are of Australian and Indian backgrounds. as a pre-adoptive parent and carer. All the roughly 200 kids she has had in her foster care over 43 years have slept in this pram. Mrs Ross has been given care of kids from different nationalities. she has. but where that is not possible. secure and happy environment for these kids. There is not enough data available but some children from Indian background are trickling in and ending up in foster care due to various reasons. Also. When these little achievements I see in the children I care for. She is on a mission. -Anonymous (Foster Care Week is from September 1117 when a picnic is held to celebrate.9 per cent are in other forms of home-based care. Kiran was looked after by Ms Ross till he was eight months old when he found a home next door in permanent foster care. Marie shows us her antique pram which she bought for her first child. as of June 2014. The DOCS workers assess the situation and place these children in out-of-home care with people who can provide a safe. That was a trying time. 2015) show that. in the last 43 years.” I visit Mrs Ross with my neighbour who now has little Kiran (not his real name). there were 43. All the usual problems associated with old age. There was one who had to go through numerous operations to rectify a medical condition and all my time was spent visiting doctors and hospitals. mobiles and swings. Longest to have stayed is Kelly and Justin who are now part of our extended family. “She is a very good baby. The mother was refused visa to stay and she could not go back as her family clearly told her it was not good for their honour. Many children that Mrs Ross has looked after have been placed in good homes or at times they have gone back to their biological parents or kinship. Kelly stayed on till she was 13-yearsold when she signed her own adoption papers to be with Mrs Ross. One wonders if the kids keep her awake or cry which are normal issues with young children. We are pleasantly surprised that Kiran. then puts his cheek right next to her as if he remembers her and her loving. 48. loving and exactly knows how to look after these kids. S Mrs Marie Ross with the antique pram. Ultimately. Marie does not live for herself. We are taught how to hold her in a special way because they are to be looked after with care. especially the special need kids. prams. They took in Kelly who came to them when she was just one month old due to a mother who had psychiatric issues and could not look after her. She has looked after a boy whose mother was from Nepal and the father a Pakistani. For the last few years I have been looking after new-born babies as young as one-day-old when I pick them up from the hospital. on seeing Marie. Marie Ross. The National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children 2009-2020 (COAG. She is currently nursing a 4-month-old baby. a daughter who is now 57-years-old. says the grandmother who has been honoured with an Order of Australia Member (OAM). /‘this special child will need much love’ / His progress may seem very slow /Accomplishments he may not show and / He’ll require extra care /From the folks he meets way down there/ He may not run or laugh or play /His thoughts may seem quite far away/ In many ways he won’t adapt / And he’ll be known as handicapped / So let’s be careful where he’s sent / We want his life to be content / Find the parents who will do a special job / They will not realise right away / The leading role they are asked to play / With this child sent from above / Comes stronger faith and richer love Soon they will know the privilege given / In caring this gift from heaven / Their precious charge. a welcoming place where young babies are given refuge when there is no one to look after them: for several reasons. had a hip operation. feed and any other special requirements.” says this proud grandmother who has been honoured with an Order of Australia Member (OAM) and many awards.” she says. One can immediately see the bond between this great grandmother and him. “I used to look after older kids but sometimes they can be a bit handful. any issues? “I have had some babies with medical 22 THE INDIAN DOWN UNDER August-September 2016 issues. The most recent statistics from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW.” she says. I decided to look after only little kids and that. So does she come across any problem. nurturing home and care she gave him soon after his birth. There are a pile of newspaper articles on her for providing care for almost 43 years since. Maries Ross is one great grandmother who is trusted. “I attend many seminars and workshops to keep myself updated and also talk to nurses and doctors at Westmead Hospital and health clinics who have helped me with advice. who have been placed in her home for a short-term care. too. and has a condition called pulmonary embolism. first smiles. But one thing that sets her apart from many other old people is that her life is that of pure dedication and love. “The doctors would say that if they can hold toys in both hands. She gives me a beautiful poem about caring for a special need child: “A meeting was held quite far from earth / ‘It’s time again for another birth’. the foster parents come and pick up the child and I have to help them with transition. medical bills just pile up on you.” she says. Ross’s is a happy home full of toys. Her husband Brandon passed away 16 years ago but Marie has plodded on. she has also nurtured them with love and affection at a time when they are extremely vulnerable.” Not only has Marie made life better for these kids. “These kids are lovely.au/) . Marie Ross and her husband Bernard became members of Centacare and Barnardos and also registered with DOCS as foster carers when their younger daughter turned seven in 1973. The Down Syndrome baby now in her care sleeps 10-12 hours every night. At times there can also be cases of sexual and physical abuse. it means they are progressing well. those are very satisfying moments for me. needing 24-hour care and love. The babies remain in her care until the Department of Community Services (DOCS) finds families suitable to give them long-term foster care or even adopt them. She is now a Social Worker with Life Without Barriers and gives talks about her adopted family and her positive upbringing. so meek and mild /Is heaven’s very special child. To becoming a foster carer: http://www.com. It is only for 4-5 days or so when I demonstrate to them how to bathe the baby.000 Australian children living in out-of-home care. 41per cent are in foster care. children require a sense of safety and stability.” Marie says. a happy.” she says. cared for 200 babies. due to problem with birth parents. and give me tremendous happiness. You do get reimbursed but at times it can be a bit overwhelming. recently.

Level 1. Eastern Avenue. ILASA along with Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan.) will be celebrating ‘International Hindi Divas’ on September 17 from 10am to 4pm at Lecture Theatre 104. University of Sydney. the play transits from the modern and mythological eras to depict the magic of Lord Krishna on today’s generation. They have dedicated one day of their week and close to the show also their weekends for this show. which presented the show. but our faith and our love for Australia helps us to cross all obstacles. its importance is demonstrated by feasts.” declares Sumati humbly. Hindi is gaining momentum as the Indian community has been galvanising support for the language to be accepted in school curriculum when ACARA (National curriculum authority) finally gave Hindi green light and a team of teachers developed Hindi school curriculum K-10. This starts the magical journey from the time when Lord Krishna was born till he slayed his evil uncle. “My cast and cooperative team has been working very hard for the last six months. swords. I also wanted to show how as migrants we face all kinds of problems.Community It was sheer magic to watch ‘Krishna’! By Neeru Saluja hile India was celebrating Janamashtmi enacting ‘Raas-leelas’ and building ‘Dahi Handis’. is an award winning Kathak performer and was the head of the dance department of Delhi Public School. Khushi. Sydney University. events. she struggles to cope with the change. It was an unforgettable performance. There has been a huge interest from community members who will be attending the conference to hold discussions on the above topics. each and every participant gave hundred percent commitment and it is their hard work which is on show tonight. Sydney. Every act stood out with its unique costumes. Conference to celebrate International Hindi Divas H indi Divas is an annual day celebrated on 14 September in Hindi-speaking regions of India. Parramatta took the audience on a memorable journey based on courage. Sumati. Sydney was treated to a musical spectacular show based on Lord Krishna. As she is brought up with a faith in Krishna to fix everything. The enlightening visuals of rain. Please call Rekha Rajvanshi on 0403 116 301 for further information. my daughter is one kid who enjoyed it the most. dharma and karm. rivers. The event also serves as a patriotic reminder to Hindi-speaking populations of their common roots and unity. With enchanting music. who established her institute in 2007 soon after migrating to Australia. mountains and beautiful props of matkis. says Sumati Lekhi. and The Indian Down Under newspaper has organised ‘Hindi Conference’. After competing with another 35 competitors to bag the main role. a girl who along with her parents has just moved from Mumbai to Sydney. ILASA would need volunteers to help with the sessions. the director of Swastik Institute of Dance. 9-year-old Sunaina stole our hearts with her innocent and playful acting. Behind the scenes of this spectacular show is Sumati Lekhi. The plot of the musical revolved around Sunaina. Dancing is her passion and she has been dancing since the age of five. spectacular dancing. love. Hindi at University and School level. “Since my childhood I have participated in janamashtmi celebrations but I didn’t want my production to be the typical Krishna Leela. competitions and other services held on the day. dedicated choreography and amazing performance by the actors and dancers. Indian Literary & Art Society (ILASA Inc. Bank of Baroda and Union Bank. ‘A Magical Journey with Krishna’ at Riverside Theatre. Despite their full time jobs. It serves to promote and propagate the Hindi language. With a cast of 100 dancers and actors. For the diaspora worldwide it is a day that celebrates Hindi language and keeps their connection with India alive. The cast for the show comprised of people from all age groups and ethnic backgrounds. A Krishna devotee herself. thunder. Hindi Literature in Australia and Hindi Translation & Interpretation. really! ‘A Magical Journey with Krishna’ was presented in a way to appeal to the audience brought up in Australia. school or family duties. That is why the plot revolves around a child who has just moved from Mumbai to Sydney and Krishna shows her the path. It is an Indian government sponsored event which is celebrated by government offices in India as well as overseas and also by the NRIs. August-September 2016 THE INDIAN DOWN UNDER 23 . Though highly accomplished in dance.” says Sumati. While her parents are busy settling into their new life in Australia. Media & Community. The conference is sponsored by the law firm Kaden Boriss and Government of India Tourist Office. By staging this drama. Sumati Swastik Dance and team have provided a complete family entertainer for our kids who learnt the teachings of Lord Krishna through a beautiful medium of story told through dance. dazzling costumes and commendable acting. New Law School Annexe. the most loved god of Hindu mythology. There will be sessions on: Role of Hindi in Bilateral Trade between India and Australia. the Lord himself appears in front of her and takes her on a journey depicting his own story and teaching her the valuable lessons of life. aptly described each scene and the mythology of Krishna. the director of Swastik Institute of Dance. gajras. Auditions for the play took place six months ago from the students of the dance school though it was a tough competition for selec- W tions. Kansa. Slowly and steadily Hindi has been gaining ground at the university level also with students taking it up in short 10-week courses which are run by the Centre for Continuing Education. she gives all the credit for the show to her team and supporters. NSW. Sumati wanted to weave Krishna Leela in a magical way that will appeal to people brought up in Australia. the show left an everlasting impression on the spectators – adults and kids alike.

The second session.L and sketches made by Mrs Anita Barar accompanying poems by Mahadevi Verma were displayed. writers and publishers of Hindi journals in Australia. This was followed by a presentation by Mrs Mala Mehta of the IABBV Hindi Sunday School in Sydney on the role and activities undertaken by her school. spoke at the workshop about the link between language and culture and importance of learning Hindi language. appointed Lisa to be the Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Shadow Attorney-General. Dr Nalin Sharda (Poetry and Hindi Cinema). Hindi in Australia has come a long way since it was introduced in Indian community schools run on weekends about 30 years ago. To meet and discuss and share teaching methods. Mr Harihar Jha (Getting Published). Mrs Aparna Kumar talked about teaching strategies that she found useful in her classes and described her approach to teaching Hindi. two more sessions were held. whose efforts led to the establishment of the first centre for teaching Hindi at VSL (then Saturday School of languages) did the honours by cutting the 30th anniversary cake. followed. Shri Pranab Mukherjee. it was included as a 2-Unit subject in HSC in 1995. He also made some specific suggestions about involving Hindi organisations to persuade mainstream schools in introducing study of Hindi in their schools. who described the role of VSL in promoting Hindi and announced that VSL plans to develop teaching of Hindi through distance education. theatre and radio). following in the political footsteps of her grandfather Ram Jati Singh. It is noteworthy that the number of centres teaching Hindi at VSL has grown since then to nine and includes metropolitan as well as country areas. despite her relegation to the sixth position on her party's ticket in favour of a union boss. ‘Secondary and beyond’. Lisa was elected to the Australian Senate representing Tasmania in August 2010 and began her term in July 2011. Dr. at Thornbury. Mr Vipin Gaindhar (Theatre and Radio) and Mrs Anita Barar (Art-paintings. During the workshop. Canberra and the upheaval that the recent review of ANU courses has caused in the session dealing with teaching Hindi at the tertiary level. the President of India. several Hindi books written by authors residing in Australia and those published by the V. Mrs Rekha Rajvanshi (Sydney Literary Scene). Lisa is the mother of two sons and lives in Hobart. After an Indian vegetarian Lunch. Senior Lecturer in Hindi at the Australian National University in Canberra. The presenters included Dr Dinesh Srivastava (Print Media). began with a speech by Mr Frank Merlino. It became an SSCL Hindi subject to be taught in Saturday Schools at Liverpool and Seven Hills in NSW. the Australian National University in Canberra had held a similar national workshop in July last year. Every year approximately 500 students study Hindi at these centres. The final session was on research and future plans.000 below-the-line votes. T Dr Peter Friedlander described Hindi courses at ANU. but said she harboured no resentment towards the party for her relegation on the ticket. Since then the community has been galvanising support from over 70 Indian organisations for Hindi to become a public school language subject. Lisa is a passionate supporter of Australia-India relationship and is developing and strengthening ties between both countries through her role as an Australian Senator. Mrs Anushree Jain presented some of the challenges in teaching mixed ability students and described some of the teaching resources that she herself has developed. culture. Melbourne. Peter Friedlander. Lecturer in Hindi at La Ttrobe University in Melbourne. the Leader of the Opposition." Senator Singh has retained her seat." she said. describing Hindi course at the La Trobe University. Senator Singh attracted more than 20. She showed a video clip of the reenactment of Gandhi ji’s Dandi March by her students. Although Hindi is taught in some schools such as the West Ryde Public School in NSW and Rangebank Primary School in Victoria. who has also been returned. attended by academics. She took the 10th Senate spot ahead of her colleague Senator Catryna Bilyk. it needed the national body to develop a uniform national curriculum. I ran a dignified campaign based on integrity and respect for others. It took two years for ACARA to finally develop the curriculum which is now available for schools to take it up if they opt to include Hindi as a subject in their respective schools. Bill Shorten. Dinesh Srivastava. conferred on Lisa Pravasi Bharatiya Samman award for her exceptional and meritorious public service as a person of Indian heritage in fostering friendly relations between India and Australia. National workshop focuses on Hindi teaching By Rekha Rajvanshi he Victorian School of Languages held a National Hindi Workshop on July 22. who was a member of the Fijian Parliament in the 1960s. "I'm very pleased with the campaign I've run. There is need to develop good teaching resources and appropriate material for all stages with growing demand of Hindi at school level. Dr Subhash Sharma (Sahitya Sandhya . This was followed by two presentations by Mrs Amita Malhotra and Mrs Manjeet Thethi describing strategies they use for teaching Hindi to senior secondary students. teachers and resource developers. allowing her to retain her seat from sixth on the party ticket. Climate Change and Water on 24 June 2014. devoted to teaching Hindi at Primary level.Melbourne Literary Scene).S. She is considered the first person of South Asian descent to be elected to the Australian Parliament. Hindi is now being taught in three primary schools as a subject in NSW and some of the schools are trying it out at after school level by some volunteer teachers to see how much interest there is from the students as well as parents. "We have shown that the impossible is possible. She had previously blamed factional deals for her relegation on the ticket. In October 2013. She said it was a historic result. The first session of the workshop was T Participants in the National Hindi Workshop held by the Victorian School of Languages. The third presenter in this session was Mrs Pooja Verma who presented examples of materials that she had developed for teaching Hindi to students of non-Indian origin. Principal of the Victorian School of Languages. The workshop was opened by Ms Manika Jain. Consul General of India in Melbourne. Dr Peter Friedlander spoke about a global research project involving academics in Singapore and Australia to investigate why do people choose to study Hindi in different countries. In 2014. Dr Ian Woolford. She was promoted to Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment. As a result of the consistent and persistent effort from the community.Community Lisa Singh re-elected Senator from Tasmania A m a s s i v e below-the-line vote saw Senator Lisa Singh re-elected. The first dealt with Hindi media. Her activities engaged Hindi lovers present on the occasion and they were encouraged to write a poem on ‘Ghar’ (house). This landmark occasion was celebrated at the Hindi National workshop. Mrs Rekha Rajvanshi ran an interesting group workshop on the use of poetry in teaching Hindi Language. art and literature. but lost her position as a parliamentary secretary. . 24 THE INDIAN DOWN UNDER August-September 2016 Victorian School of Languages completes 30 years of teaching Hindi he first centre for teaching Hindi was opened at Brunswick 30 years ago. Dr Dinesh Srivastava presented a list of research questions related to VSL enrolments in Hindi and participation of students from various states in year-12 Hindi examination. Later. Dr. Hindi teacher Ms Kulwinder Kaur presented examples of teaching Hindi and showed use of ‘smartboard’ software in preparing interactive lessons.

It is difficult to explain why these differences exist and how they are maintained from childhood to adulthood. Some existentially oriented psychotherapists get their clients to ‘commune with’ their eyes in the mirror. ‘give the eye’ and so on. The dominant person stares while the subordinate one lowers the head or looks away. both men and women tend to decrease their eye contact although females in crowds of their own gender are likely to be friendlier towards one another. they do not look away when the client expresses emotion. In ancient Egypt. It may also be expected that such child rearing practices can result in great need for interpersonal space. speaks of the cold eyes of Kamal Ataturk. for an instant. there is less chance of a baby looking into the mother’s eyes. the eye was considered the womb of the Goddess from which the gods were born.Body Mind Spirit By Dr Sunder Das here are many expressions in the English language. who feel eyes looking at them. As early as nine months of age. there can be selective reduction in eye contact. It may be expected that when these babies grow into adulthood. Men crowded with men are likely to become negative and unfriendly. It seems that more than anything else. Therefore less gazing may result. However. the former Prime Minister of Australia. will glance up and towards the left. human infants are attracted to the eyes than to any other stimulus. Bob Hawke. and the rules of proximity first. His celebrated interviews with David Frost are examples of this ability. the eye seems to be mentioned four times as frequently as other parts of the body. resulting in the discovery and expression. Indians. could explain why women tend to maintain their gaze consistently. If a person is asked a question and his/her eye movements monitored. This concept originated in the Hindu culture and is known as the eye of understanding. shows this pattern very clearly. empathic therapists who often produce the most positive changes are seen to have meaningful eye contacts with their clients. or even looking at the lens of a TV camera. holistic and spatial. he made up for it by his sophistication in interpersonal encounters. In people who are clinically depressed consequent on bereavement. who are more affection oriented. who in the beginning have difficulty in maintaining eye contact. The sun gods Osiris and Ra were often associated with the eye. in her book “Charismatic Political Leadership’. This concept originated in the Hindu culture where the belief is that it is situated in the Ajna Chakra in the middle of the forehead. ‘an eyesore’. who are artistic. can be expected. Kennedy and Jawaharlal Nehru were able to make charismatic eye contact with people. they hold a direct. In psychotherapy. In the United States of America. which few people could return without feeling afraid. when men look. in which mothers carry their infants on their backs. a black man’s gaze at a white woman was construed as rape. In a book entitled ‘Gender and non-verbal T behaviour’. In cultures that can be said to be introverted. A plausible explanation for this behaviour is that autistic children in a state of high behavioural and physiological arousal and therefore they would seek a reduction of perceptual stimuli. Some Middle Eastern people are very sensitive to non-verbal communication. Autistic children avoid eye-to-eye contact. more selfpresentation behaviour and greater control over the information emitted about the self. On the other hand. Haviland and C. Although many Americans say that Richard Nixon avoided looking at people in the eye. Clients. People. The awesome Russian monk Rasputin is reported to have had a powerful gaze. its eyes from the mother’s face until it falls asleep at the breast satiated. Moreover. like ‘apple of one’s eye’. In societies such as in Uganda and among the American Indians. Many yogis in India are credited to have ‘soul searching’ eyes.Wilner. the Sumarians and the Mexican Indians represented the eye as one of the mystical symbols. “I see. August-September 2016 THE INDIAN DOWN UNDER 25 . the Japanese and some North European people have a tendency to orient themselves towards others without looking directly into the eyes or the face. One interesting outcome of averting the gaze by an autistic child is that it is rarely attacked by other children in a playroom. R. has devised an interesting and ingenious test with the eyes to determine a person’s cognitive-affective style. Paranoid schizophrenics. but his broad smile and the ability to make easy eye-contact with people seem to win him friends all over the world. The tendency to avoid eye contact is also found in adult schizophrenics espe- cially when the topic under discussion relates to their patient status. Out of all the anatomical references current in day-to-day conversation. In a crowded lift. He uses the CLEMS (Conjugate lateral eye movements) as an indicator. of feeling in an integrated way. makes it to shield its eyes with the hands. intuitive. if roles of dominance and submission are already established. which charmed everyone who came in contact with her.J. situated in Ajna Chakra in the middle of the forehead. With animals and human beings.Z. Too long a gaze could suggest intimacy or dominance. There are innumerable ways in which the eye has been used as a symbol of mental perception. Michael Argyle thinks that in extraverted culture (Australia is an example) more gazing can be expected. travellers from one country to another need to learn patterns of eye contact. However. verbal person will glance upwards and to the right. Perhaps the finding that eye contact occurs in greater amount in people. The ‘third eye’ has been celebrated in mystical literature. Paul Bakan. Cultural differences do exist in the degree and character of eye contact. possibly because the gaze avoidance is construed as submissive behaviour. therefore I know. many studies have been done to elicit the pattern of eye contacts between blacks and whites. Teachers who undergo assertiveness training are told to look directly at the offending pupil’s eyes while commanding him/her in a firm tone of voice.” Much of the infant’s energy is spent on looking at the caregiver and following her movements with the eyes. the gaze determines dominance or submission. which relate to the eyes. Any attempt to force such a child to fixate upon an adult. and then only the other nuances. John F. the dominant person no longer needs to control the situation with the direct stare. as those in some parts of India and Japan. Sergeant Carter may walk around and glare at Gomer Pyle. a psychologist. an analytical. Many meditators of the East roll their eyes towards the Ajna Chakra to awaken their inner vision. changes in expression of the eyes indicate the emergence of another personality. they usually modify their looking behaviour such as gazing down or frequently breaking eye contact. Each culture implicitly expects a ‘moral’ looking time. a 15-year old black boy being lynched in Mississippi for just staring at a white girl. except when there is rebellion in the ranks. The Greeks. but Gomer must stand at attention with eyes straight looking ahead. they would tend to gaze less at other people’ eyes. such as eye contact. fear the destructive effect of a glance from others.A. Sometimes the submissive role of lowering the eyes is necessary for survival.” The ‘third eye’ has been celebrated in mystical literature. Michael Argyle and R. Jimmy Carter is supposed to have cold eyes. the hypnotic eyes of Nasser and Hitler. In rare cases of multiple personality. Women are known to be more affiliative than men. J. Malatesta point out that gender differences become apparent at an early age.Ingham have also found that women tend to increase their looking while listening. Benazir Bhutto had loving eyes. unbroken gaze. It is therefore appropriate to say. on a job for instance. ‘see eye to eye’. and for them eye contact is very important. the piercing eyes of Lenin and the luminous eyes of Mussolini. Pakistanis. Recent research has shown that both younger and older women engage in more gazing and show a higher frequency of eye contact than men. There are many clinical applications to the study of eye contact. Recent studies have shown that the infant is born with a relatively mature visual system and that eye contact is the primary channel for bonding between the infant and the caregiver. and too little may be construed as lack of interest or dishonesty or suspicion. become more able to do so with improvement in their condition. Even in the late 1950s in South. Rene Spitz has noted “that the nursing infant does not remove.

only open on select few days in the year when there are colourful processions. stone and wood carvings. become boring. Hotel Tugu Lombok. Inside are spring baths which are believed to cure all physical ailments. and that proves right on reflection. in the surrounds of hanging creepers and dense trees amid the sounds of flowing water and chirping birds. pubs and shopping malls. 1770 metres. on car dashboards. is still there) and invite the most beautiful among them to his playground. too. homestaying with a popular local artist. we thought. But will it. partly Continued on page 27 26 THE INDIAN DOWN UNDER August-September 2016 Lake Temple . It would restrict us not to explore. We are in Ubud. They believe that the springs were brought by Lord Indra by piercing the mountainside as the local rivers were poisoned by a ‘Danawa’. outside every house door. took us to places on tourist trail and advised on showrooms to shop from (that he may have fancied. leaves of many sizes and shapes interspersed with bright hues of reds. We did visit one for an extended lunch experience. The serenity of the place is amazing but for the two modern palaces on top of the hill connected by a rather extravagant arch bridge. a luxury worth experiencing. frangipani everywhere making a fashion statement also in women’s makeup. a far cry from the chaos and traffic jams of Kuta and other notorious beaches. Nusa Dua is class. The mere company of the driver we had was worth the money as he recited the Gayatri Mantra. but it did not matter to us as we had nothing to buy). there are offerings of colourful flowers. It is said that the buildings were constructed at the behest of Dr Sukarno who loved to watch bathing women through a Picturesque Bali with volcanoes. red flowers in the south for Brahma and ‘Kembang Rampai’ arranged in the centre for Pancha Dewata. For Australian tourists to Bali. at shops and restaurants. The temple trail continues with Uluwatu – for its hilltop location alongside the turquoise blue waters of the sea. Beyond. but the one we went up on (just as a tourists’ tick off). blue and yellows flowers. blue or green flowers in the north for Vishnu. There are several volcanoes to visit. Before leaving for Bali we debated if to avail a good package E deal for a resort. The Balinese talk about Sagar Manthan by Devatas and Danavas in search of ‘Amrit’. revised Ramayana and the local twists to Hindu epics. lakes and green fields telescope (which. called Canang Sari – white flowers in the east for Ishvara. a hired car with a driver is a good option for $45 per day all inclusive. there are spectacular views of the lake. we’re told. It’s a pity. and a compromise between budget and action is Seminyak if Kuta is to be avoided. yellow flowers in the west for Mahadeva. Even the bare branches of hardwood trees make sculptural shapes and designs that make the natural scene merge with the streetscape virtually littered with paintings. especially the tree at its entrance. Royal Temple for its gardens and the temple on Beratan Lake with the misty backdrop of a mountain and expansive gardens.Travel where every house is a temple Barong dance – a performance of fight between good and evil The must visit temple is Tirta Empul. Mt Batur. could have been easy missed. stretched alongside an expansive beach was. the landscape is lush with many shades of green. that all the temple gates are locked most of the time with no daily service for the installed deities. after a day or two. Jati. Inside are spring baths believed to cure physical ailments By Vijay Badhwar very morning. flexible hours and unlimited kilometres (the premium grade petrol is 65 cents/litre). I am not sure. indeed. the effort is not worth it to see a rather unspectacular crater. which. Although. The must visit temple is Tirta Empul. though. are good for a change of scene and also worth a visit for beach eateries.

and Hindi language teaching which he always campaigned for. truly a quiet achiever who loved and lived Indian culture. India so that he could impart the knowledge in the right format. all inclusive for $75 return. its language and traditions to its core. later moving to Australia in 1996 with his employer IBM. according to his manager. Spas. A visit through a coffee plantation is definitely worth for a taste of real Luwak coffee as well as several teas they serve. when he was an engineering student at Pilani. Kamlesh went to Singapore with his fami- ly. interest in Yoga which he taught children for several years at Pennant Hills. along with a walk through a thick growth of clove and cinnamon trees. He initiated an organisation. Every few metres there is a sign board for standard services of Balinese massage or a beauty treatment. around $7-10 per hour. Last year. humbly and purposefully. always taking responsibility and so easy to work with. the quality not quite at par with its South American counterpart but quite strong to drink. which raised an interest in poetry at the T college. once even joining a yoga teachers’ course in Munger in Bihar. also a change of scene with mosques replacing the ubiquitous temples. His sudden death on July 12. including coconuts Pooja left in front of every home to quench a big thirst. Kamlesh took the reins in Australia as Gayatri Parivar’s acting president. availability of vegetarian food is rather limited to a chop suey. The Indian community has lost an important friend and educator.Travel Continued from page 26 collapsed. But there are plenty of fruits. We nearly had an accident as the volcanic ash lumps roll under the feet no matter how carefully one descends.After working in India initially. Thirteen years ago. massage and beauty parlours abound in multitudes throughout Bali. It is a long bus ride. Artistically cut and displayed fruit platter always accompanying a breakfast menu makes a healthy start for the day. a mere $100 fetching you as much! Statues around homes Lush green rice paddies in terraces Kamlesh Chaudhary. A visit to nearby Lombak Island is easily arranged by fast boat with a pickup from the hotel. Right from his young years. and promoted them on the Australian landscape to the fullest. the boats are overpacked with people. Due to recent popularity of Gillies Islands catering for the younger generation. Bali is definitely worth a visit. akin to phone shops in India. Nirjhar. (1958-2016) Kamlesh fully immersed himself in community activities. to the coast and then another 90 minutes by ferry with several waiting points along the way that amounts to most First time travellers Bina and Jose got totally smitten with Bali of the day gone for travel. he started to work with the Railways in Sydney. Kamlesh was 58years-old. a flag-bearer of Indian culture he Indian community deeply mourns the loss of Kamlesh Chaudhary. mix of a few beans with tofu or a vegetarian pizza. was a hard shock to everyone. The coffee plantations are a recent experiment in the region as also in Vietnam. if not for anything else. He was involved with Gayatri Parivar right from its inception in Australia and made it an every year regular event in many homes in Australia. Outside the tourist areas in Bali. Kamlesh Chaudhary was interested in poetry. One also misses the teas that are available in India and Australia. especially if one is used to drinking white teas as fresh milk is not commonly available. when he was holidaying in Fiji. then just to feel as an instant Rupiah millionaire on arrival. May God bless his soul. August-September 2016 THE INDIAN DOWN UNDER 27 . At Lombak there is a stark contrast from the smiling Balinese to rather reserved locals. Can you imagine his dedication when Kamlesh stood outside schools requesting parents to fill up petitions supporting Hindi language teaching programme. though. But it were community related activities that made him dear to the community – his love for poetry. Kamlesh Chaudhary is survived by his wife Archana and two sons Ankur and Kirit.

998. It can cause some discomfort in the shoulder. The other variation of sleeping on the side is in foetal position as shown in Figure 6.12. The aim is to stop mind wandering by a simple technique. his headaches were alleviated. Incorrect standing posture also can lead to some long term serious issues later in life. The most comfortable position involves bending the knees slightly upwards towards the chest as shown in Figure 4. Pillow supports the neck which is very important. Figures 1 and 2 show one without the pillow while the other with the pillow. Figure 6 SLEEPING POSITIONS During the early years of my practice there was one patient who was coming regularly for treatment and who was not responding well to the treatment. sides or above the head. tension headaches and migraines. people who sleep on their stomachs tend to have headaches and cervical dystrophy. Once that was changed. Sleeping with a bad posture can lead to headaches and also reduce cervical. Generally. By Dr Tilak Kalra ome 20 years ago. I recommended her to buy a haemorrhoid ring and sit straight. Incorrect standing posture will affect the neck and shoulders and later on can create breathing problems. Sleeping on the Stomach Figure 3 Sleeping on the side is a good sleeping position provided one keeps the back reasonably straight and knees together.6. 3. This can also affect breathing.996. Using a big pillow can be harmful for your neck. The Better Sleep Council says that there are basically three main sleeping positions with different variations of each. Those who work on computers or sit in front of a screen not correctly. I noticed that she sat in a position where there was no pressure on her tail bone. 9. could end up with long term pain and disability. Sleep specialists recommend sleeping on your side in order to rest more comfortably and decrease the likelihood of interrupted sleep. Studies have shown that deprivation of sleep or having poor sleep can lead to deteriorating health outcomes including coronary heart disease. From there on I investigated various sleeping positions and how these positions affect the human body.1000.. These days we spend a lot of time in front of a screen. stand. we all do move during our sleep in particular as we age. a lady who complained of pain in the abdomen area and had been cleared of any abnormality after extensive tests started me thinking to conclude that it had to do with her sitting posture. I found out that he used to sleep on his stomach. This can lead to neck problems over time. Variations are where you keep your arms on the tummy. One can also keep a pillow under the knees to relieve pressure on the lower back. When one cannot fall asleep within 30 minutes. obesity and diabetes. The most common positions are shown in Figures 8. Their mind will be concentrating on this exercise and they will fall into sleep in a very short span of time. Sleeping on the back Continued on page 29 Figure 1 Figure 5 28 THE INDIAN DOWN UNDER August-September 2016 Figure 8 (Sitting at an angle ) . Posture is defined as the characteristic of how a person holds his or her body while standing. sitting. This can lead to curvature of the spine and significant problems later in life. Figure 7 3.Body Mind Spirit POSTURE PAINS The right way to sit. It can also lead to back pain because the curvature of the back is not supported.e. Sleeping on the left or right Side Figure 4 SITTING POSITION Most of us spend our day in a sitting position. either a TV or a computer.999. My experience is that this exercise helps at least 80 per cent of patients. Figure 2 S Sleeping on the back with arms on the side is considered a good position as long as high pillows are not used. One needs a good sleep for 6-8 hours in order to charge ones’ bodies. People who sleep on their stomach report increased restlessness caused by frequent tossing and turning in an effort to get comfortable. lumber and hip functionality. Back sleepers tend to snore more and invariably suffer from sleep apnoea.9.15 or reverse counting . In the latter case the person twists his lower back which can lead to lower back and hip problems. We spend at least one third of our life sleeping or lying in bed. especially for those who have back problems. Another variation is placing one’s upper leg similar to COMA position as shown in Figure 5. Sleeping on the stomach is not a good position because your neck is twisted towards left or right. 1. Use of a pillow is also very important. Variations can be placing hands under the neck or pillow and/or at right angle to the body as shown in Figure 4..997. their brain is active and they start thinking about the day’s work and worrying about the next day. they will not be thinking about their work or any other thing.. It is important to note that the quality of sleep is also very important. 2. 10 and 11. Although Sleeping on the side is decidedly the best position. Supporting your neck with a pillow is very important as shown in Figure 7. After further investigation. They generally suffer with headaches. to be ready for work the next day. and sleep for staying healthy all your life. If a person starts counting into multiplication of 3 i. sleeping or working. One can also use a pillow in between the knees and it will help placing the knees together Figure 7. It can also lead to lack of concentration.

However. This can be achieved if you place your chair under the table and rest your arms at the table. in case you have developed shoulders going inwards and upper back leaning forward. The Better Sleep Council (Dr Tilak Kalra is a qualified Acupuncturist practicing for the last 30 years specialising in headaches. They develop this at some time to relieve pain. In fact. If you are working with a mouse then your elbow should be slightly higher than your hand. These postures are shown in figures 17 & 18. He has successfully treated Gout. The back should be straight and supported. This is shown in Figure 12. Although majority of people stand correctly. knee pain. migraines. Figure 19 Figure 15 As a rule. Courtesy: Sleeping position and their effects on health. do not know about it. Sleeping positions from Wikipedia. The majority of people use their hands to get up. This can be corrected if a person sits in front of a mirror and corrects his/her posture. Sitting in front of a computer Figure 14 During a typical day we get up from a chair 50-100 times. People who tend to keep their head in a particular direction. This is demonstrated in Figures 10 and 11. Patients who get up from a chair using hands as shown in figure 14 and figure15. This is shown in Figure 13. The correct way to get up from a chair is to bend forward and use the legs to get up without using hands. Raise the level of the chair so that the arms of the chair are at the same level as the table. If the back is supported then all of the body weight does not fall on the bottom. Now place your arms on the arms of the chair. the middle of the screen should be at eye level. In the sitting position your upper legs should be almost parallel to the ground. some who are taller than the average tend to bend their neck and upper thoracic area forward. It is apparent from the pictures that the whole body weight falls on the shoulders. The arms should be at right angle to the body and be supported. This can lead to scoliosis in the upper back and shoulder pain after a few years. This places the full body weight on the shoulder. you can correct it slightly by doing simple exercises. This can be done by placing a small hand towel under your elbow. This is shown in Figure 16. If one does this two to three times in a day for about a week their posture will be corrected. whiplash. This will open up your shoulders. In old age it can cause breathing problems. This can be achieved by sitting at the back of the chair or by placing a pillow or a cushion as shown in Figure 11. Singapore PATIENT conference 2014. invariably. heel spurs and injuries due to wrong postures. hamstring.Body Mind Spirit Figure 9 (Sitting at the front of the chair) Figure 16 Figure 12 Figure 13 Figure 10 (Sitting at the back of the chair) STANDING POSITION Figure 17 Figure 18 Getting up from a Chair Figure 11 ( with a cushion at the back ) In all sitting positions the body weight is at the bottom of a person. Shingles and sprains with Specific Frequency Micro current.) August-September 2016 THE INDIAN DOWN UNDER 29 . In serious cases you can roll up a small towel and place this in the middle of your back horizontally between C-7 and T-12 and lie on a hard surface as shown in picture19. While standing keep your hands at the back instead of front. frozen shoulder. the angle between the top of your thigh and the knees should be about 10 degrees Lower legs should be at right angle to the ground. may take a long time to recover. This can affect the neck and shoulders overtime.

and babies who are exclusively breastfed. It is not a good idea to indulge in greasy food during breakfast. high blood pressure. chopped tomatoes. whatsoever of the accuracy or otherwise can be accepted by ‘The Indian Down Under’ or the writer of this column. Zinc is also found in the kidney. Glucosamine has also been studied for possible benefits on wound healing. skin. liver. those with limited sun exposure. It is generally safe. High blood pressure. including fish. and legumes. Grilled fish tastes good and requires little cleanup. People who have conditions such as cystic fibrosis (mucus build-up in the lungs) or inflammatory bowel disease are also at risk for vitamin D deficiency. HUMOUR Wife to husband. On the other hand. Half of the products with the words "nature" or "natural" on the label were essentially junk food. and the reported incidence is on the rise. according to a new U. In children. Research shows that glucosamine is well tolerated for up to three years. particularly pensioners who could not afford to heat up their homes properly. and sickle cell anaemia. chopped nuts and fruits and eat. Canada. fluoride and chlorine. top it with another slice and grill for 2-3 minutes. Limit higher fat dairy products such as whole or two percent milk. Switch to skim milk. In a bowl take 3-4 tsp grated cottage cheese. Health Hints Citrus fruit extract may prevent kidney stones: Kidney stones are small. minerals. Fresh or water-packed tuna. the first meal of the day is the most important one. meals with friends and family. Keep almonds. and some protein. which comes from cartilage. activities. By Santram Bajaj ast month Sydney experienced a very unusual weather with heavy rains and strong winds. However. and begin to eat more wholegrain rice and pasta products. Season your meals with herbs and spices rather than salt. Glucosamine is often taken together with chondroitin. It is involved in the creation of molecules that form cartilage. Glucosamine : Glucosamine is a compound that is naturally made in humans. and diabetes. This remains an area of controversy. grapefruit juice increases the absorption of some drugs.S. diabetes and obesity can increase the risk. fortified milk. Zinc : Zinc is a trace mineral that is needed for many important functions in the body. Cook on both sides. The sun also adds to the body's daily production of vitamin D. more highquality studies are needed to make firm conclusions on the use of honey. blood cells. prostate. study. Research has been done on the role of honey in long-term wound management. please consult your doctor as no responsibility. Fairfax Media spotted farcical claims on labels. but there have been reports of certain toxic types of honey made from plants from the Rhododendron genus and others. particularly of citrus fruits. Fairfax Media survey of bottled water sold in Sydney's cafes. immune function. Avoid fried fish. said the study that prepares the groundwork to design an effective drug for the painful condition. drizzle one tsp olive oil and pour the egg mix. Serve with mint chutney. General information about some drugs and supplements Honey : Honey is a sweet fluid made by honeybees from the nectar of flowers. Choose low-fat dairy. cashews. skin problems. salmon. Honey brown bread toast : Toast your bread crisp. Honey is easy for the body to absorb and use. salt to taste. skin conditions such as psoriasis. If in doubt. what happened?” Wife: “She stole two of our towels?” Husband: “Which ones?” Wife: “The ones we ‘pinched’ from the hotel in Shimla. Many people were exposed to severe cold. and zinc deficiency. Zinc has been found to be effective for treating diarrhoea. and the prevention of migraine. eggs. In a non-stick pan. Orange and apple juices have been shown to lower the absorption of certain drugs. retina. Don't take pills with juice. and as little as 10 minutes of exposure is thought to prevent deficiency. chopped nuts and eat. and cod liver oil. according to the ABC Health and Wellbeing. thus compromising their effectiveness. Take one tsp of this dip. green chillies. onions. and other substances. Zinc is available through foods such as beef. Consumers are paying 2000 times more for the convenience of drinking out of a bottle. Serve hot. resulting in weight gain. say nutritionists. based in Sydney. hair.Santram's Grey Page Health and Wellbeing study by the University of Western Ontario. low fat breakfast ideas Breakfast. Take a pick from these healthy options. cheese and ice cream. unless it's sautéed in a small amount of canola oil. vitamin D deficiency can lead to osteomalacia. Egg white veggie omelette : In a bowl add 23 egg whites. people who are allergic to shellfish should avoid using Glucosamine. one small chopped tomato and grind to a fine paste. In adults. sprinkle some white pepper powder.” Husband: “Why. The human body contains approximately 2-3 grams of zinc. The rest is water. trout. to produce high-quality tap water that's safe to drink. such as "Suitable for vegetarians and vegans" on Aldi's Northbrook spring water E. Vitamin D may also protect against osteoporosis. Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium. cancer. and other diseases. and various diseases of the stomach and intestines. shellfish. Cover it with another slice and grill for 2-3 minutes. “Our new maid is a real thief. L A word of caution about bottled water Healthy. which forms and maintains strong bones. According to them if you skip your breakfast your metabolism becomes slow. ADHD. The survey was undertaken by the Living Lighter campaign. mackerel and herring are healthy choices. The antibacterial effects of honey are well-known. hard mineral deposits that form inside the kidneys. Muesli with curd and fruits : You have to do very little here. Mediterranean diet may help maintain brain health lderly people who follow a Mediterraneanstyle diet may benefit from better brain health and a lower risk for cognitive impairment later in life. 1 tsp olive oil. Take 5-6 tbsp of ready-made muesli. People who may be at a high risk for vitamin D deficiency include those who are elderly or obese. The Mediterranean Diet is a lifestyle – including foods. Try olive or canola oil as a healthy replacement for butter or margarine’. It contains about 70-80 percent sugar. There is good evidence to support its use for acne. the most common component of human kidney stones. 3-4 tsp red chili powder. Evidence supports the use of glucosamine sulphate in the treatment of knee osteoarthritis. Herbs and E 30 THE INDIAN DOWN UNDER August-September 2016 spices make food tasty and are also rich in health-promoting substances. Sweet toast : Toast two slices of brown bread. Honey has been used for wounds. Sweet chili bread : Take 10 cloves of garlic. Add 1 tbsp powdered brown sugar and mix well. makes the medicine less effective. pistachios and walnuts on hand for a quick snack. Much evidence is conflicting or unclear. herpes simplex virus. fat-free yogurt and low-fat cheese. According to a recent article in the Sydney Morning Herald. vitamin D deficiency causes rickets. Eat fish once or twice a week. Vitamin D : Vitamin D is found in many foods. Drizzle half a spoon honey on both sides. peanuts. Sydney Water adds small but effective amounts of sodium. burns. However. It is believed that the sulphate portion may help strengthen cartilage. as well as the treatment of ulcers. which is a softening or weakening of the bones. teeth. The major role of vitamin D is to maintain normal blood levels of calcium and phosphorus. spread it on a slice of bread. Strive for seven to 10 servings a day of veggies and fruits.” Disclaimer The remedies and tips have been taken from reliable resources like Newspapers. This can turn normal doses into toxic ones. But before buying muesli ensure that it does not contain added sugar and has more rolled oats than corn-flakes. There is still controversy on the role of zinc for many other diseases. stomach ulcers. which causes weak bones and muscles. The compound hydroxyl citrate (HCA) can dissolve calcium oxalate crystals. stick to water : Study by medical association shows fruits affect absorption of several medicines. safe" on the label of a 600-millilitre bottle. 3 tsp semolina and salt and pepper to taste." Mediterranean Diet Pyramid . add curd. among other things. treats tap water and slaps "pure. pancreas. However. acids. which is typically marked up by 1720 per cent to $2 in shops across Australia. Washing down pills with juice. More research is needed in these areas. and testes. A Natural? An examination of 350 food products with the words "nature" or "natural" on the label has found that half of these do not form part of a healthy diet. supermarkets and convenience stores has found seven out of 34 brands are "purified" tap water. according to a Consumers are paying 2000 times more for the convenience of drinking out of a bottle. 2-3 tsp sugar. Switch to whole-grain bread and cereal. some recent studies suggest that glucosamine may not affect these measures. Nature's Best. mostly in the skeletal muscles and bones. A high intake of simple sugars and carbohydrates may have adverse effects on the brain. You can store this dip in the refrigerator for over a week. There have been concerns about the effects of glucosamine on insulin and blood sugar. and wine in moderation with meals. an anti-obesity initiative run by the Heart Foundation and Cancer Council of Western Australia. pork. the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has warned. 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The living room can be in the North sector and the apartment wall colours should be pleasant and in soft shades. the capital of Georgia. Vasthu Sastra. at a tavern in Tbilisi. Mohinder. you need to take the compass reading to determine the location the unit is facing. if the unit faces North. Jack Turner and Conrad Brown were studying a map.com Website: www. Selva is the author of the bestseller book Vasthu Sastra Guide and is the first disciple of 7th generation Vasthu Sastra Master Yuvaraj Sowma from India. it’s now called Quantity Inn. my name is Charanmanjayavarun. bedroom and bathroom. You are free to go. Zurab. Use mood lighting to create a relaxing ambience. mostly from the northern state of Punjab. your honor. Next thing I know. Several buyers have asked how they can apply the ancient Indian science of architecture. I’m only trying to help.” “Do you have something for back pain? My back has been killing me. at a courthouse in Tbilisi. just call me Farmer C.” “You want the government to stop giving out so many visas?” “Yes. thousands of miles away in Punjab. another plane-load. The bed should be rectangular in shape and it should be placed in the corner of the South-West quadrant facing East. it is really a mat. The bathroom Dr T.com THE HUMOR OF MELVIN DURAI The Punjab-Georgia Farmer Exchange Program he word spread quickly through the farming community in Georgia: thousands of Indian farmers. Sukhdeep. You sure it’s in Georgia?” “Yes.” “You mean they don’t breathe oxygen like us?” “No. which should be square or rectangular.” “You brought a mattress from India?” “Well. This can be done by holding a compass and standing at the main doorway of the unit.Columns If you live in an apartment VasthuSastra By T. “Who’s selling it to ’em? That’s what I wanna know. When I tell him I might be visiting him soon. you idiot. kitchen. two farmers were discussing the opportunities in Georgia. Like $500 an acre. Following this. Saw it on the Internet with my own two eyes. but I heard they’re getting it dirt cheap. free water. we’ll be back in India. But not until my brother and sister get here. “Heck if I know. two men were drinking Kazbegi beer and arguing about the benefits of allowing Indian farmers to purchase so much land.” “Come and see me.” “This is really crazy. But it is very good for your back. We’re not going to the state of Georgia — we’re going to the country of Georgia. Avoid any mirrors which can reflect your image when sleeping because this can result in disturbed sleep and bad dreams. people are coming from all over Georgia. Kulwinder. it’s Georgia all right. Avoid black and grey tabletops because such colours will promote dullness and lethargy. Vasthu can still be observed in the placement of amenities in the designated quadrants.vasthusastra.” “Country of Georgia? You mean Georgia is an independent country now? When did it break away from America? Stupid Google hasn’t updated their maps.’” “And did he sell it to him?” “Yes. We’re going there and they’re coming here. Ayurvedic Posturepedic. the placement of things may be different from that of a landed property with a bigger space. to ensure even distribution of life force. Ayurvedic medicine. I will give you a special mattress from India.” “That’s true. for improved digestion and health. But it is not my fault. What is this world coming to?” . However. you can’t just bring your relatives over. L The flow of energy is based on the shape of a structure.” “Whoa! I never heard of dirt so cheap. So I bring some from India. First. “What do you have against the Indian farmers anyway.” “We can’t afford to pass this up. “There’s just too many of them coming. It does not matter if the space is big or small. asking me for medicine. To get a copy call Devi at 0412623017. facing outwards. They need new farmers to replace the ones who’ve left. For instance. It’s not fair to the rest of our village. “You’ve been accused of operating a pharmacy without a license. that would be a good idea. two farmers were drinking tea and discussing the influx of farmers from India. Is it true?” “Yes. lifetime supply of suntan lotion. but I heard Indians are good at bargaining. in the country of Georgia. Charanma … Farmer C.” Jack Turner said to his friend Conrad Brown. That’s what my friend Ronnie says. apartment will not have concrete partitions. the authorities were pleased that they had finally caught one of the foreigners doing something illegal and brought him before a judge. Jack … I didn’t realize it was so close to the mountains. They wear turbans and they speak a strange language and they’re using up all the carbon dioxide. some measuring 500 sq ft and below. The ideal place for the dining table should be rectangular and it should be located in the South. as they sat in the annual meeting of the Georgia Farmers Association (GFA).” Meanwhile. the studio apartment is regarded as an auspicious entry in Vasthu. You see. back in the state of Georgia. in one large room which incorporates the living and dining area. Satwinder. he will be dying too. My cousin. Mandeep. Selva anded properties are getting scarce and expensive in Sydney and other major cities in Australia and potential house buyers are turning to apartments and condominiums as an option.” Meanwhile. ‘Just sell me the Inn for $1 million. He can be reached at drtselvas@gmail. Look at them. “I’m dying with excitement. Studio units are in demand among young couples and bachelors. I know.” Meanwhile. so I say.” “I hope your cousin is smarter than you.” “Oh. They allow ten guests per room. take the entire length and width of the unit and divide the space into three to get the eight quadrants. and developers are building smaller versions of homes. lives in Florida.” “Yeah. were heading to Georgia to buy large parcels of fertile land.” “Are you sure we’re doing the right thing? We don’t even know how to speak Punjabian.” “Thank you. In a high-rise unit. but the Indian guy said. Your pain will disappear. “So that’s where it is. I am exaggerating about the ‘tress’ part. I’m talking about all the plants they’re growing. the direction of the apartment unit should be seen and not the entire apartment site.” Meanwhile. People are having trouble pronouncing it.” “Dang! How come we can’t find land so cheap?” “I dunno. The property owner should face South when having his meals. which is the air quadrant and suitable for this purpose. grey and blue on the walls and floors. But if they all come here. Look at the incentives the government is offering us: land subsidies. I looked at a map and Georgia is next to Florida. Levan?” 32 THE INDIAN DOWN UNDER August-September 2016 “They’re so different from us. He used to own a Quality Inn in Gainsville and tried to sell it to an Indian guy for $4 million. Every day. Avoid black.” T Meanwhile. The kitchen should be located in the South-East quadrant and the stove should be located facing East when cooking. it is true. The main door to the Northfacing unit should be located in the North-East and it should open towards the right when entering the unit to allow easy flow of subtle energy. Although such an should be sited in the North-West corner of the unit. you can keep the Quality.

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Much has been written on this unpleasant episode. The Windies were dismissed for 243 and 231. Despite a broken jaw he bowled 14 consecutive overs and dismissed Brian Lara. Legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar congratulated Kohli. India's biggest Test win is by an innings and 239 runs against Bangladesh at Dhaka in May 2007. Refusing to fly home for surgery he came on the field. 10w/T = 10 wickets in a Test. Kumble is only the second bowler to take all 10 wickets in a Test innings. Kumble among top three bowlers in Test history BBi = Best Bowling in an innings.Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan (800). surpassing the victory by an innings and 90 runs against Zimbabwe at Bulawayo in T September 2005. In the May Antigua 2002 Test against the West Indies he bowled a memorable spell despite a heavily bandaged fractured jaw. Australia’s Shane Warne (708) and India’s Kumble (619). He was India’s captain in the 2008 controversial Sydney Test remembered for India’s spinner Harbhajan Singh accused of calling Australian batsman Andrew Symonds “a monkey”. he can take false accusations head on and not succumb to injustice. They are the only two in this exclusive all-ten wickets in an innings group in the 139 year history of Test cricket. The Test ended in a draw. All three bowlers to take more than 600 Test wickets are spinners . However. Skipper Kumble showed that although mild in manner. 110 not out against England in The Oval 2007 Test.64 in 124 Tests). Ashwin scored 113 and took 7 wickets in the first Test in Antigua. The fourth highest Test wickettaker is Australia’s fast-medium bowler Glenn McGrath (563 wickets at 21. During that Test a blow from fast bowler Mervyn Dillon left him spitting blood on the pitch. off-spinner Ashwin capturing 7 for 83 in the second innings. as the ball hacked through the air rather than hanging in it and came off the pitch with a kick rather than a kink. 10-53 against Australia in the 1956 Manchester Test. and there probably hasn't been a harder trier either. the new coach of Team India. Among these four top bowlers. Like the great tall wrist-spinners Bill O'Reilly and his own idol BS Chandrasekhar. It must be very satisfying for Kumble as it was his first Test as India’s coach.” The innings victory in Antigua this July must have provided Kumble with pleasant but painful memories. August-September 2016 THE INDIAN DOWN UNDER 35 . Warne came close. his head sheathed in bandages like a warrior’s and resembling an astronaut. Like Warne. is statistically among the top three bowlers in the annals of Test cricket. And what a debut! India's emphatic triumph by an innings and 92 runs last month is their biggest win outside the subcontinent.The Kersi Meher-Homji Column India start sensationally in West Indies Virat Kohli smashed a double ton and R. But he kept batting for four overs. The other bowler to grab all 10 in an innings was England’s off-spinner Jim Laker. 99 against New Zealand in the Perth 2001 Test. 5w/i = 5 wickets in an innings. Holder of many Indian records. It was against A Pakistan in the 1999 Delhi Test. He was the worthy Man of the Match. Former India skipper and iconic orthodox leftarm off-spinner Bishan Singh Bedi expressed the hope that the team crushed the West Indies 4-0 and reach no. nil Kumble. Kumble and Ashwin to set up India's biggest margin of victory outside the sub-continent. 1 in Test ranking. Kumble was a legspin and googly bowler while Muralitharan was an off-spinner who confounded batsmen with his doosra. he will be remembered for influencing memorable wins in Headingly. “No bowler in history won India more Test matches than Anil Kumble. Multan. After dismissing the West Indians for 196 (Ashwin taking 5 for 52) India amassed 9 declared for 500. India's two other wins by an innings margins outside the subcontinent are by an innings and 46 runs against England at Leeds in August 2002 and by an innings and two runs against Australia at Sydney in January 1978. India started the second Test in Kingston well to take a commanding 304 run lead in the first innings. India won the toss and batted brilliantly before declaring at 8 for 566. Kingston and Adelaide. By Kersi Meher-Homji he Anil Kumble – Virat Kohli partnership worked splendidly in the first Test against the West Indies in Antigua. To quote Rahul Bhattacharya from CricInfo. Kumble traded the leg-spinner’s proverbial yo-yo for a spear. Mali Richards (seen with father Sir Viv Richards) presented the double ton painting to Virat Kohli. Apart from the above two huge victories. Kohli scored a magnificent 200 (with 24 fours) adding 105 runs for the third wicket with Shikar Dhawan (who made 84) for the third wicket and 168 for the fifth wicket with Ravichandran Ashwin (113). opener Lokesh Rahul scoring 158 and Ajinkya Rahane an unbeaten 108. BBT=Best Bowling in a Test. Kumble is the only one to score a Test century.

he used to ask me to switch on TV and watch the match with him. If he continues to train like this he will certainly become a good cricketer”. the rain did not come to save them the match! Four year-old Shayan shows promise Chase’s heroic century frustrates India in Kingston S t looked only a matter of time before India won the second Test in Kingston to take a 2-0 lead in the four Test series. wicket with Jermaine Blackwood (63). Inshallah. known more for his off-spin bowling (he did take 5 for 121).The Kersi Meher-Homji column Sri Lanka thrash Australia in Kandy thanks to Mendis magic hat a topsy-turvy Test in Sri Lanka! Can you imagine a team bowled out for 117 and trailing by 86 runs in the first innings triumphing by 106 runs? This was in the first Test between Sri Lanka and Australia in Kandy where Sri Lanka won to lead 1-0 in the three-Test series. He has superb technique and hunger to play. After getting up from the bed every morning. it had its ups and downs and ups. his father Arshad Jamal told Dani in Kashmir Times. 10 batsman O’Keefe had pulled hamstring the previous day and was to be sent home after this Test. Needing 460 runs to win. His splendid innings outscored Sri Lanka’s total of 117 in the first innings and Australia’s 161 in the India-Windies 2nd Test second. But history was not repeated in the Kandy Test. Disappointingly for Australia. Sri Lanka won by 106 runs. India held a huge 304 run lead thanks to centuries by opening batsman Lokesh Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane. Still he faced 98 balls and survived 105 agonising minutes against top quality spinners on a spinner’s paradise and scored four runs. “I found talent in this boy and have included him in the U-12 team. India leads 1-0 in the series with two more Tests to follow. I spotted talent in my son when he was hardly 18 months old. said the experts. Magical Mendis was the worthy man of the match. Australia must have lost almost 25 runs due to this. 1 Test team. Then arrived Sri Lanka’s Kushal Mendis on the pitch. The do or die defence by Nevill and O’Keefe reminded me of the 1961 Adelaide Test between Australia and the West Indies. Then came a big transformation. His 176 runs (with 24 fours and a six) changed everything. It was Steven Smith’s first defeat as Test captain. saw young boys playing cricket. he is ready with bat and ball to play with me. It was gripping how Australia’s Peter Nevill and injured Steve O’Keefe stayed together for 105 minutes scoring only four runs. I do realise that some batsmen in the past – especially Ranatunga of Sri Lanka a decade ago – were taking unfair advantage to have a fleet-footed runner instead. Known more for his off-spin bowling. 144 for the sixth wicket with Shane Dowrich (74) and 103 for the unbroken seventh wicket with skipper Jason Holder (64 not out). scored an unbeaten 237. he may play one day for India”. Only a matter of time. especially as the No. He has been included in the Under-12 team of his Hamdard Public School. “He has now been practicing with older boys and I can vouch that he is the most talented among all other boys. He scored an unbeaten gutsy 137 (15 fours. When I saw that the boy is curiously watching the game on TV. Pity. playing only his second Test. Offspinner Roston Chase.11 batsman Lindsay Kline joined Ken Mackay. India pressed on the accelerator to grab four West Indies wicket for only 48 runs in the second innings on the fourth day. For his five wicket haul and an unbeaten match-saving century Chase was the worthy Man of the Match. Australia were on their knees when nine wickets down for 207. fast scoring at times with screeching brakes applied in the final two epic hours. making him worthy man of the match. “His elder team-mates are Shayan's fans. Although only four runs were added by the gallant pair off 178 balls. As a consolation. ing. I took him to a local club here. I could not move from my seat as I saw ball after ball defended by Nevill and O’Keefe as if their life depended on it. adding 93 runs for the fifth I Roston Chase. Thanks to Chase the Test was drawn.. . so few were present to cheer their players beating the strong no. But genuine injury as O’Keefe suffered did deserve him a runner. He loves batting but I have also been trying him to bowl at the nets. I took him to nearby Subhash Complex. He just could not run. They survived for the last 100 minutes adding 66 runs for the unbroken last wicket to ensure a draw for the home team. He could barely walk and running was out of the question.. His school cricket coach from Delhi told India’s eminent cricket writer Bipin Dani. About time this new rule of injured batsmen not allowed a runner is revisited. He has potential and talent to play with the elder boys. First Australia was on top leading by 86 runs in this Test. A certain defeat was looming when no. he was the only Australian to score a fifty in this exciting Test. where he Shayan has been chosen for Under-12 team of Hamdard Public School in Delhi. 36 THE INDIAN DOWN UNDER August-September 2016 hayan Jamal is only four years old but is talented and determined. Boring? Not a bit of it. Not to forget Sri Lanka’s slow left-arm spinners Rangana Herath (4-49 and 5-54) and debutant Lakshan Sandakan (4-58 and 3-49) and Australia’s off-spinner Nathan Lyon who took five wickets in the match and 200th in his Test career. Later. it was excit- W Kusal Mendis’s 176 runs outscored Sri Lanka’s total of 117 in the first innings and Australia’s 161 in the second. tall 24 year-old Chase changed it all on the final day. It was Test cricket at its best. one six). He waited for my arrival at night and whenever I come home. “He liked the place and insisted to visit it everyday. Absolutely gripping! It appeared impossible for numbers 7 and 10 batsmen to survive the last three hours. took 5 for 121.

“He will be able to enjoy all privileges at Lord’s. Dipa Karmakar Pairing with Serena Williams. The award includes a cash prize of Rs.6 – overtaking South Africa.7. Dipa's coach Bisheshwar Nandi has been selected for the Dronacharya award along side Team India skipper Virat Kohli's coach Raj Kumar Sharma. also won a silver with Serena Williams in mixed doubles tennis. Tripura Sports Minister Sahid Chowdhury said national sports awards to Dipa and her coach would benefit Tripura sports. Australia failed to live up to their reputation. in 2002. Rajeev Ram. Wrestler from Haryana. Australia shares the third place with England (108 points each). 0-2 in 2010-11 and 0-2 in 2008-09. the Tripura government welcomed Dipa with open arms in Agartala.will receive the country's highest sporting honour. the Digital Editor at MCC. After their convincing victory over Australia. The last one was Anjum Chopra. Australia’s record in Asia has been shocking of late." said Sindhu on Monday.1 Test ranking. Spin bowling on subcontinental pitches has been their bugbear. Thus inefficiency and poor weather cost India the numero uno(number one place) in Test cricket. go away” while the Pakistani fans singing “Barso ré” [heavy rains]! After Sri Lanka whitewashing Australia 3-0 in the series in Sri Lanka in mid-August.1 spot. Commonwealth Games (2018 in Australia) and 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Overall Sehwag played 103 Tests from 2001 to 2013 scoring 8. India shot up to be the top-ranked Test nation. came 4th I artistic gymnastics. I shall try to deliver my best in future. Sakshi won a bronze. Dipa to get Khel Ratna PV Sindhu won a silver in women’s badminton singles New Delhi: The Sports Ministry on Aug 22 announced that Rio Olympics medallists -. Indian American Rajeev Ram won silver in mixed doubles tennis.V. who set a record by becoming the first Indian gymnast to qualify for Olympics in 52 years. hitting 23 centuries and 32 fifties. India had to win this Test against West Indies in Port-of-Spain to retain their top position. A draw or loss would mean Pakistan will jump to no. Apart from fast bowler Michelle Starc (who took 24 wickets at 15." said Dipa. Hayward told India’s eminent sports writer Bipin Dani over the phone from Lord’s in London. Sri Lanka has risen to no. “Sehwag will enjoy all the normal rights and privileges of a Full Member of the Club”. athletics coach Nagapuri Ramesh and boxing coach Sagar Mal Dhayal.16 in the series). Unfortunately.586 runs at an average of 49. which is celebrated as the National Sports Day. earlier this year. August-Septmber 2016 THE INDIAN DOWN UNDER 37 . How the mighty Australians have fallen! And it was not just Sri Lankan left-arm spinner Rangana Herath who captured 13145 in the final Test in SSC Colombo and 28 scalps in the three Test series at 12. MCC has more than 300 Life Members and the Honorary Life Memberships are awarded to famous cricketers (men and women) and offi- I oaking pitch and outfield due to earlier heavy rains have robbed India of no. Viru compiled Test runs at a faster pace than anyone in the history of cricket. Prior to the Port-of-Spain Test India (112 points) had one point lead over Pakistan (111) who drew the Test series 22 against England in England a week earlier. President Pranab Mukherjee will give away the awards at Rashtrapati Bhavan on August 29. with the draw in the final Test due to rains and wet outfield. Meanwhile. Viru Sehwag and wife Aarti were delighted at this honour. the woman cricketer. That time on virtue of winning the series in West Indies 2-0. ing system like “super soaker”. I was very excited. A draw and Pakistan would get the top spot. Pakistan is now the top-ranked nation in Test matches.1 in Test cricket. And an Indian settled in America. Sehwag has only played one Test at Lord’s. in which he scored 84 and 27 runs. said Rhys Hayward. London. Sindhu. But they had to win the final Test in Port-of-Spain in Trinidad to retain their no.The Kersi Meher-Homji Column Swashbuckling Sehwag Soaking pitch robs India awarded MCC membership of top Test ranking ndia’s dynamic opening batsman Virender (Viru) Sehwag was recently awarded the prestigious Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) membership. Viru is the 23rd Indian player to be awarded this honour. “He will get free entry to Lord's for all matches”. "I will try extremely hard to get gold medals in the forthcoming Asian Games (2018 in Jakarta).75 was the destroyer of Australia. Sakshi. the Mecca of Cricket”.34. No wonder he has been described as Swashbuckling Sehwag. "It was my first Olympics. It rained heavily on the first two days but the sun did come out on the following two days. Khel Ratna award. Her coach Pullela Gopichand said the world has seen only glimpses of what Olympic Sindhu is capable of. I could imagine the Indian supporters chanting “Rain. 1 ranking in Test cricket.5 lakh. This could have been avoided if the West Indies Cricket Board had better dry- S cials associated with cricket. Lack of application was the main reason for their batting collapses after promising starts. I never thought of medal. Australia lost its no. having lost badly to India in India: 0-4 in 2012-13. highest score being a fabulous 319. My aim was to play well and give my 100 percent. Sindhu bagged a silver in badminton women’s singles. Sindhu and wrestler Sakshi Malik -. Tripura Education Minister Tapan Chakraborty declared a holiday on Aug 23 at all educational institutions in the state in honour of Dipa. Almost every Sri Lankan player contributed to their victory. rescuing them from 117 runs all out in the first Test in Kandy and being 5-26 in the final Test in Colombo. world’s oldest and most exclusive cricket club. Sakshi Malik brought home a bronze. Sindhu and Dipa were accorded rousing receptions at their hometowns on return from the Olympics.shuttler P. We took it match by match and prepared the strategy. Sindhu's coach Pullela Gopichand received the coveted award in 2009. This was against Pakistan in Multan in 2003-04 where he reached his triple ton with a six. along with gymnast Dipa Karmakar and shooter Jitu Rai. rain.

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