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Reach Within to Embrace Humanity TA R O Y R IN L T A E N R N ATIO MARCH 2012 UDAAN INTERNATI ONAL F OOD FEST NID PULSE POLI O VOCATI ONAL VISIT H app i ness i s…….. ………. bri ngi ng a smi l e on a chi l d's fa c e H app i ness i s…….. ………. bri ngi ng a smi l e on a chi l d's fa c e

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Reach Within to Embrace Humanity



MARCH 2012





H appiness is……..……….bringing a smi le on a chi ld's face

H appiness is……..……….bringing a smi le on a chi ld's face

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The stage is set Registrations Chandru gives a helping hand

Sanjay checks out the muscles Dinesh is in control The GSE Team

DG Gopal and PDG Ramesh Divya Das feeds a child Lunch being served

A stroll…… ….and a jig Rita put her stamp on Udaan

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Tauby's Take.... Straight from the heart....

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……………the spice in our lives, our lifeline and so much more!!!! Friends are those who are there when we need them. And also when we don't. Friends are a boon at times, a bane at most. Life could be so much more uncomplicated without them. They are our extended family and at times a nuisance to our family. Life would be simpler but no fun without them.Friends are of many typesTrue Friends – We are friends inspite of all disagreements and differences. Everytime we are down and out, we find them rallying around us. We search them out in a crowd and look forward to meeting them and talking to them, even if it is to take an ugly argument forward. Fondness grows with passing time and life would not be possible without them.Acquaintances – We meet them here and we meet them there. The conversations and interactions are interesting and involve a lot of fun. We may enjoy their company and we may not. It does not really matter. The party is over and we move on, till we meet them again somewhere else. Bottom line being that we enjoy their company but do not miss their absence.Fragmented Friendships – We have shared a great relationship and have been the best of friends. But somehow with passing time and for no particular reason, we have drifted away. The relationship has been neglected. Let's spend some time to nurture this friendship and put some effort to it. It will make us feel great and bring some spice back into our lives.Friendship is the cornerstone of our lives!!!!

Shabbir Shakir [email protected]

My Dear Rotarians, Character is your nature - it's who you are and what you are made up of. It is the real you, when no one is observing you. What we should be building upon as we grow in life and stature is character. In today's world that is overtly preoccupied with

image, wealth and success, character is often given a back seat. Honesty, ethics, sincerity, humility and many such factors contribute to building up your character. The reputation of our club is the reputation of our members; and our character will carve out our reputation. Who are we as Rotarians? We are a network of people who care. We recognize the challenges before us; we know our abilities and responsibilities. In this World Understanding Month we remember these words of Paul Harris “The hearts of men must be so touched and moulded that mutual understanding and goodwill will take citizens, people who have broader perspectives, enhanced by open eyes and open minds. Citizens of solid character and reputation.

thThe coinciding of the 107 Birthday of Rotary, with a Thursday was celebrated in a grand manner, true to our clubs standards of style and panache. I was happy to see the meeting hall decorated with balloons and ribbons, the excitement and exuberance on our members faces coupled with joy and satisfaction, pride and love for Rotary. These are the kind of members who will build the future of Rotary that we strive to carry on for the next 100 years. Long Live Rotary!! Our war against eradication of Polio is almost won. Rotary International has committed to be the torch bearer until India and the world becomes absolutely Polio Free. The last polio case was seen a year ago. By attaining zero polio status for another two years, our country will be the first among the endemic countries to become polio free. That's our enthusiasm and passion. Udaan … the all day sports meet for specially abled children is emerging as one of our landmark projects. It was our special way of expressing love on Valentine's Day. Love for those who are less fortunate than us, but whose spirit and zest for life overcomes their short comings. So many members put their hearts and soul into this project that the end result had to be spectacular. That's our sincerity and love. When you help others, when you involve yourself in Rotary with sincerity, passion, love, enthusiasm, interest and appreciation they'll say that you're crazy, don't worry and continue on being yourself. When you achieve your dreams and trust in yourself, try not to develop arrogance, because that will be the quicksand that will swallow your victory.May the colours of Holi add cheer and bring joy into your lives,Yours in Rotary,

Tauby Bhagwagar.

A child finds it fun at UdaanThe kids had a gala time at the Food FestThe Festive atmosphere at the Food Fest

COVER up....

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MAIL BASTION- Letters To The Editor




To RCML MembersMany (perhaps all) of you may have already seen this special message from Sati Khanna 's club in India . But just in case you didn't, it's worth reading.P.S. to Sati: I very much enjoyed the uplifting sentiments expressed by Rtn Tauby Bhagwagar. Please thank her for me. And many thanks again to you for putting me on your club's mailing list. Best regards to all, Bill Hodges, Bulletin EditorR.C. of Lakeshore


The dais and the backdrop Smart Shrimati Beena with Pres Tauby

Dear Shabbir,Great going so far as the GO editor, which brings to fore one more dimension of your ability. Here I would like to make a mention about Sohrab's column [email protected]. It is an excellent edutaintment column. Its a must read for each one of us. Though I am not a technically challenged person so far as IT is concerned, I must confess lot of this info has been very good read for me as well. I recommend that each one of us must read and make use of these tips in our day to day work and improve our efficiency. The only thing I don't like is that the column has too long a name and that probably desists most of the members from writing letters of appreciation for this column:-) Cheers! -Atul Shah


Almost as soon as a Rotarian is nominated as gola, sugar candy, paan kulfi, ber, channa chor Exchange (IYE) teams, were a hit as always. the District Governor, he or she mentally starts garam etc. Festive atmosphere prevailed, all Local, Maharashtrian Cuisine, was much planning, the District Conference. Held around day. The ladies had fun, watching a ramp walk, enjoyed at lunch.half way through the Rotary year, it is the most a medley, a lavni, along with a beauty cum Another heart rending speech from the RIPR important event. Kind of a gauge of how that brain pageant --Smart Shrimati Contest. For and it was time for bye byes. The much Governor's term was! Thus so, DG Gopal our club, it was a proud and joyous moment, awaited, conference was over. Totally, by the Shiralkar also aimed at a smooth sailing and when Rtn.Bina Mathews won the title. Children Rotarians and for the Rotarians, the District memorable Conference. enjoyed the Cartoon Characters come alive. Conference, has something for every Conference Chairman, Conf. Secretary, More plenary sessions, elections for a future Rotarian. Making new friends, renewing old Ladies Committee in charge along with a large DG, an elaborate lunch, a short time to rest and friendships, listening to speakers, who would team, was picked out months ago. The Venue. the delegates were ready for more enjoyment not be accessible otherwise, learning a lot Registrations from and out of the city. at 'Surmai Shaam' the Cultural Program. about Rotary work carried outSpeakers to interest every one in general. Suvarna Mategaonkar and her troupe, by other clubs aside from good food and a lot of Caterers to provide the best of fare, within a enthralled the audience, with live singing of fun. I wish, more Rotarians would attend.budget. Entertainment Program. Each and nostalgic Hindi numbers as well as a few Only when you experience it, will you know, every detail was worked out well in advance. Marathi songs. Short yet sweet, the how good or boring it is!!! Incidentally this was Every Club from Nagpur was given some entertainment program ended in time for the my 18th Conference.responsibility. delegates to enjoy a few drinks, before a multi -Manju ShahaniSaturday the 4th of February dawned crisp and cuisine dinner at the Ladies Club.cold. (Fortunately for Nagpurians, the winter Sunday, the 5th of Feb. A new day brought had extended unti l Feb.) Vasantrao more business sessions. Presentations from Deshpande Hall was dressed up, as though for the incoming and outgoing, Group Study a wedding. The dignitaries were welcomed to a Exchange (GSE) and International Youth smart band. Rotaractors dressed up in costumes of different Indian regions, presented regional dances. The Rotary International President's Representative, Past R I President, Richard King and his wife, Chery Kay King were thoroughly impressed with the opulence. Breakfast at Rani Kothi was an equally lavish affair.The inaugural session started on time, with a discourse from Shri Jitendranath Maharaj.Followed by an emotional speech from the RIPR and a motivational one by chief guest PDG Yashpal Das. Stalls outside, drew big crowds, specially, the pani puri, dhabeli, ice

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The meeting of Thursday, 9th Feb was Dr. Pawar started explaining his subject from Operation signals a change in the way of life. interestingly educative. the time early attempts were made by Alexus Only then can the heart remain healthy. The earlier part of the meeting was taken up by Carral in 1910 to do small vessel anastomosis Earlier, President Tauby exchanged Flags with the visiting GSE Team from Victoria, Australia. to 1964 when the first by-pass surgery was the GSE Team members.The Team Leader, Dr. Marie and each of the done. Secretary Dinesh Naidu, gave an audio-visual four members spoke about themselves. While While explaining the various procedures used presesntation on the forthcoming project -their backgrounds were similar, their vocations in cardiac surgeries, he informed the audience UDAAN.were diverse. However, what stood out was that conduits are substances th by-pass the Vikram Naidu introduced the speaker. the commonality in their views about Indian block and the surgeon has to tailor what is Khushnoor Chugh proposed a vote of thanks.hospitality. Indeed, "ATITHI DEVO BHAVO" is required for each patient. -Khushnoor S. Chughwhat DIst.3030 has lived up to ! In conclusion, Dr. Pawar said that the masses The second half of the meeting was very need to be educated because the sad truth is educative. Our member and a noted Cardiac that even after cardiac surgeries, patients Surgeon, Dr. Nikunj Pawar, spoke to us on continue with their indulgences. The masses Cardiac Surgeries. need to understand that a Coronary Artery

The theme of this meeting was to enhance awareness on diamonds.It covered all aspects of diamond from how to make an educated purchase decision considering caratage, colour and clarity of the stone to tips on taking proper care of diamond jewellery. It was done in collaboration with Tanishq.Tanishq staff demonstrated the above with the help of a power point presentation followed by a question answer session. They had also brought their caratometer machine and diamond cleaning machine. All the Anns present enjoyed the session thoroughly.We are extremely grateful to Mr. Vilas kale and his Tanishq team for taking out their valuable time to support our program. -Neeta Gupta


The Tanishq team


The GSE Team Dr Nikunj Pawar

ND 2 FEBRUARY Meeting and Treasurer Mahendra Kamath Mohan Anand and Kapil Sutaria for presented the Treasurer's report. President HEMALKASA SURGICAL CAMP. The Rotary Tauby greeted the members celebrating their Information was read by Mohan Anand and Birthdays and Anniversaries. President Elect 'News you can Use' was presented by Jatin Atul Shah informed the members about the Sampat.forthcoming District Conference to be held on The Golden Orange for the month was

th th4 and 5 February. The members were released by PDG Vishwas Sahasrabhojanee informed about the upcoming Programs and and President Tauby announced the winners Projects. of the various GO contests. The attendance

report was read by Hon.Secretary Dinesh President Tauby announced the best The Business Meeting was held on 2nd Naidu. Sapna Vastani was the luck lady to get chairperson awards for the month and February. President Tauby chaired the the lucky chair prize. applauded their commitment and enthusiasm

meeting. Hon. Secretary Dinesh Naidu read – Manish Bhati for WALKATHON and Dr The meeting was adjourned after the singing out the Minutes of the previous Business Shaunak Mokadam, Dr.Jeristine Watchmaker, of the National Anthem -Atul Shah

The Board has its eyes on the podium

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REGULAR MEETINGSThe meeting of Thursday 16th Feb was all important but one should achieve success about ethics over numbers. Driving home the through a sense of fairness and altruism. Do point that ethical attitude was more important not compromise principles, he said. The future than mere numbers was Mr. Donn Doongaji, will measure HOW and HOW MUCH, he Principal Consultant, Credibility Consulting. added.President Tauby conducted the meeting. Elaborating on each stake-holder, Mr.

Doongaji narrated interesting anecdotes from Mr. Doongaji spoke at length about the five his corporate life.He emphasised that right or stake-holders in any business . Namely, wrong is more important than legal or illegal.Shareholders/owners, customers, vendors,

employees, society/nation. Corporate Earlier, Jehangir Doongaji introduced the governance is value-based management Guest Speaker. Varsha Mansukhani read the aimed at earning the enduring trust of all Rotary Information.Shivkumar Rao proposed stakeholders. In any business, success is the vote of thanks. -Khushnoor S. Chugh


Mr Donn Doongaji

ROTARY’S 107TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONSA sedate break in the meeting came in the form of Project announcements and felicitation of Udaan sponsors - Rachana Singh and Micky Arora.Gently, Prez Tauby steered the meeting towards the promised ' fun-filled agenda' . An audio-visual presentation of RI President Kalyan Banerjee's speech at the International Assembly at San Diego was heard with rapt attention.In his speech, the RI President made Remember, the best thing that you can do for Wonder how many of those who thronged to it amply clear that , in Rotary, being a leader the District is to leave it better than you found Udyog Bhavan on Thursday, 23rd Feb, knew

it, " concluded RI Prez. Kalyan Banerjee.what they were in for ! It was indeed a For those who wondered where the fun was, meeting with "a twist" as the Club was all set came the Rotary Quiz by PDG Vishwas.Tiny to celeberate Rotary's 107th the prizes were for the correct answers, the The sight of the hall done up with balloons in enthusiasm that was generated was worth blue and yellow got everyone in a celebratory watching. Soon followed PP Shabbir with his mood. Even the dining area wore a festive quiz with a difference which he called the look with a Rotary Song playing in the Characterless Quiz. Members had to identify

background. the person from the discription given by the The meeting, as usual, was called to order by quiz master. This rib-tickling quiz evoked President Tauby and the formalities got isn't like leading anywhere else. In Rotary, one much banter and cheering as your's truly had

is leading equals , he emphasised. The Rotary through. a field day chucking gifts at the winners !exercise is the best exercise in " humble The celebrations started with the Board of The capacity of the hall was stretched to its leadership ". He urged Rotarians to look past Directors cutting Rotary's Birthday cake limits. Well attended - the meeting rocked!!!themselves to succeed in Rotary. " amidst much clapping and cheering. -Khushnoor S. Chugh

Cheers!!!! Pres Tauby looks elated

A packed house

Rachna Singh & Micky Arora felicitated for Udaan PDG Vishwas, Jehangir, Sharrukh and Shabbir recognised for their contribution to the cause of Polio Eradication

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thA blood donation camp was organized on 18 February for the shop owners of Eternity Mall, Variety Square. Business was as usual at the mall, which was decorated and decked up to receive customers attracted by promotional offers from various brands. After some delay in allocation of venue, the camp started at around 1.30 PM. The organizers and staff of Jeevan Jyoti Blood Bank made appeals to the shop owners and customers walking in to come and donate blood. Announcements were also made on the PA system, along with those for brand promotion offers, and this resulted in generating some response. The collection stood at 33 units of blood at close of the camp at 5.00 PM. President Tauby, Director Dr. Sheela Mundada, Shalini Naidu and Prashant Rajurkar attended the camp. -Prashant Rajurkar


The pioneers in Rice Mills machinery and with 100 years of legacy, G. G. Dandekar Machine works recently started their operations in Butibori industrial area. As a CSR initiative they decided to hold a blood donation camp and the World Wide Web directed their search efforts to our website. The camp which started after lunch hours at 2 pm collected 26 units of blood. Mr Natu (Sr Officer Administration), co-ordinated the camp in an efficient manner. Chairperson Parag Paranjpe was present during the camp. -Parag Paranjpe


RDSMART DATA ENTERPRISES (I) LTD, CHAPRU NAGAR –3 FEB 2012First impression is the last(ing) impression. Smart Data Enterprise a Mohali, Chandigarh based software Development Company partnered with our club by holding a blood donation camp in September 2011. They wholeheartedly participated in Walkathon in January 2012 with more than 100 members joining for the walk. They expressed their desire to hold another blood donation camp and with 71 donors they almost doubled their previous count!! Sincere thanks to Mr Abhijeet Shahi who motivated his team to donate blood 4 months after the earlier camp. President Tauby, Director Dr Sheela Mundhada, Chairperson Shalini Gupta were present during the camp. -Parag Paranjpe

THKATIYA SAMAJ: 19 FEB.2012The enthusiastic office bearers of the newly formed Katiya Samaj had organized a blood donation camp on 19th February at Hindi Vidarbha Sahitya Sangh Hall, Mor Bhavan, Zhansi Rani Square. The samaj has about 200 families in Nagpur and the members are eager to render service to the society we live in.The camp began at 2.00 PM and closed at about 5.15 PM. Although the number of units of blood collected was 13, the members were happy and upbeat at making this camp a reality. They have promised to be associated with our club in future also to offer service through other social avenues as well. Mr. Mahendra Shiv, President of Katiya Samaj and Mr.Dilip, Vice President, took great efforts in organizing this camp.The camp was attended by Director, Dr. Sheela Mundada and Prashant Rajurkar. - Prashant Rajurkar

Donating blood as a social service is as important as extending finance as a business service. This was proved by the staff of Mahindra & Mahindra Financial Services (MMFSL) at their Civil Lines

thoffice. The branch office saw some hectic activity in the afternoon of 25 Feb., to accommodate the camp in a limited time. The camp began at 12.00 noon and closed at about 1.30 PM to facilitate staff on field. Mr. Ranjit Ashtikar, Area Manager MMFSL and Ms. Saloni Dabulkar, Manager HR, worked hard for the camp. They thanked the staff members for being sensitive to social needs and the collection of blood stood at 24 units at the end. The camp was attended by Rtn. Dr. Ravi Wankhede. - Prashant Rajurkar

thBlood donation camp was organized on 24 February at the Mechanical Engineering deptt. of Shri Datta Meghe Polytechnic. The camp, conducted at YCCE's huge Wanadongri campus was well received by the students who donated blood enthusiastically. The camp started at around 10.30 in the morning and closed at 2.00 PM. Prof. Khanke, HOD of the Mech. Engg. Department, was instrumental in arranging this and also for motivating the donors. The camp went on to prove that young minds, otherwise occupied with engineering fundas, are also alert to social concerns. The collection stood at 34 units of blood at close of the camp. Director, Dr. Sheela Mundada was the Rotarian attending this camp.



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ROTARACT INSTALLATION IGGMCThe new team of Rotaract Club of Indira Gandhi Govt. Medical college Nagpur was installed on 2nd of Jan 2012. President Tauby, Hon.Sec. Dinesh Naidu, Teacher in charge Neena Parekh, Director Sonia Khurana,. Atul Shah and Chairpersons Sandeep Pathak and Jatin Sampat were present at the installation ceremony. Amit Kothari was elected as the President of the Rotaract Club, Aniruddha Mundada as the Vice President and Aman Saxena as the Secretary.

-Sandeep Pathak

INTERACT CLUB PROJECT CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONChristmas is the time to spread joy and cheer up all around you. Interactors of CPS Katol Road decided to share their Chr istmas wisheswith the YMCA school children. On 21st December, a group of 30 Interactors along with Mrs Shuba Sarma visited the school. They took all material necessary for decorating a Christmas tree. A bare Christmas tree was given a festive look within no time. A group of 15 Interactors made cakes and shared it with the students of the school. One of the interactors dressed up as Santa Claus and distributed chocolates and small packets of eclairs and biscuits contributed by the students. They also sang Christmas carols and played games with the children. The little students of YMCA school put up a cat walk show and a few dances for the Interactors. To sum it up, it was a two hour celebration filled with fun joy and excitement. A truly memorable Christmas!!! -Madhu MrigIt's Santa Claus in a class room


The National Immunization Day for Polio was thheld on 19 February 2012. We all assembled

at 7 AM at NMC office Zone 7, Shatranjipura, near Itwari Railway Station. President Tauby along with PDG Vishas, PP Gulab Mahant, PP Rajan Bhatia, PP Akhtar Parvez Maimoon and a host of other members were there to help in distribution. It was a nice to see some of our new members also present. The distribution of

Pres Tauby administers polio drops Naushad works too Animated in work

Photo Time!!!!the drops and food packets for volunteers AM after a cup of steaming tea and hot their respective booths, maintaining the cold started immediately. All the distribution was jalebees and crisp bhajias. chain, providing of snacks etc. More than over before 8 AM and all the booths started on 19000 children were immunized on that day in There were 92 booths under our zone to which time. Dr Mushir Ahmed of NMC and his staff the zone.logistic support was provided by our Club in was very cooperative. All members left by 8.30 terms of reaching officers and volunteers to -Jehangir Doongaji

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VOCATIONAL TRAININGPARANJPE ANATHALAYA - 19th FEB.A special talk was arranged at 11 O'clock on The talk was conducted by Ruquaiya Vali. The them accordingly.Sunday the 19th Feb. The venue was first part, Hygiene was for all inmates whereas Dr. Vijaya Chaoji was a special guest on the Paranjpe Anathalaya and the talk was for the the second part was specific for the girls. 30 occasion and Asha Joshi, Sadhana Paliwal, benefit of the inmates the subject was " inmates had attended the talk and was well Sharad Paliwal and the staff of Paranjpe Personal Hygiene and Adolescence problems appreciated. She also discussed some Anathalaya attended the talk. with special reference to adolescent girls. specific problems of girl inmates and advised -Sadhana Paliwal


A Workshop was arranged at Paranjpe Anathalaya at Paranjpe school in Kharetawn Dharampeth by the Vocational Training Committee. The inmates were given training of 'Crotia' by Ruquaiya Vali. She taught Lace making on ladies handkerchiefs. Sadhana Paliwal also demonstrated making of small bag (Potli) using Crochet. Asha Joshi, Kanak Bhargava, Parheez Gimi and Sharad Paliwal were also present. The workshop was well attended. It was also decided to teach advance Crocheting once the participants develop skill & proficiency. -Sadhana Paliwal

The crafts Dr Ruquaiya Vali


Dr Nikunj Pawar explains various aspects of Hospital Administration

The goddess of healing descended on our and taken around to various facilities being following Servicesin Neurosciences, Cardiac very own Central bazar road, Ramdaspeth in offered by the institute. The emphasis of the sciences, Spinal surgery, Urology and the form of MEDITRINA INSTITUTE OF entire institute as explained by the two Nephrology and many more. The four MEDICAL SCIENCES – A WORLD CLASS directors was imparting top class medical operation theatre are truly state of art with

services to all strata of society without SUPERSPECIALITY SERVICES HOSPITAL. most modern equipment's which are used in We members of our club were privileged to compromising on quality of medical the international hospitals.have a complete comprehensive pre-opening technology, hygiene, nursing care etc. The hospital also boasts of highly qualified visit to the hospital. The visit being arranged Meditrina Institute of Medical Sciences is a

and experienced team of doctors, the best in by our very own Dr.S.Hazra, who also unique conjunction of doctors dealing with the their respective fields. It has very comfortable happens to be associated with this most brain and the heart. Thoughtfully conceived wards, patients recuperating rooms and suites modern state of art hospital. not only with great minds but also with the which are most economically priced as stated We were welcomed by Dr.Sameer Paltewar heart, this World Class superspeciality

and Dr.Nikunj Pawar Directors of this hospital Hospital is commendably built to house the by the directors. -Promod Jamwal

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HOPE FLIES HIGHUDAAN Pictures on centre spread

"Udaan" Hope flies High ~ Rotary Club of colleges, management of Hotel Centre Point Lokmat Times . Pres.Tauby – Rs.10,000 for Nagpur celebrated " Valentine's Day with a led by Jasbir Arora with family and Mr.Saigal First Prize of 5000 each in both Tricycle and difference "on 14th Feb 2012 for the second and group served children making them feel Wheelchair Race. Mr.K.B. Agrawal – Rs.6000 consecutive year along with Lata Mangeshkar special. Spot games were conducted by for second prize of 3000 each in both the Hospital , Department of Social Welfare, Zilla Sharmila Sutaria while lunch was going. marathon races. Mahesh Agrawal –Biscuits,

Children were also entertained by Air show by Parishad, Hotel Centre Point & My FM 94.3. Rita Bhargava – Banana, Nilufar Rana – Ice- PP Pervez Akhtar and Falli Bakshi. Popcorn , "Udaan" a day long sports carnival for cream , Sunil Bhatia – Chocolates. candy floss tang drink and Ice-cream were specially abled 800 children, from 39 special My heartfelt Thanks to the support team which distributed to rehydrate them from time to time schools of Deaf & Mute, blind, mentally contributed for the smooth conduct of the which kids enjoyed thoroughly. challenged and physically disabled category sports carnival and their efforts need to be competing in 67 various events. Breakfast Cultural evening was organized by six schools acknowledged –and banana's was served at the time of of different categories – sizzling performance

Marathon Race and Technical Support – registration along with the caps. It was aimed on Chamak challo by a physically challenged Parag Paranjpe and Manish Bhatti : Marshals to bring smiles on the faces of these special girls with calipers, a theme dance on female and Registration Manju and Chandru children, to pamper, motivate and share our foeticide, Dashavtaar were some highlights of Shahni , Shabbir Shakir, Shiraz Doongaji, love and make a memorable day in their lives. the evening. Children enthralled the Atul Gupta, Nisreen Maimoon, Deepa I consider myself fortunate to be a part of spectators by dancing and singing to the

Udaan and contribute in this endeavor. Jamwal, Sanjay , Smita and Rajiv Bhargava, tunes of the rock band performance by Hislopians. Gift hampers were distributed to Richa Sethi , Deepesh Ajmera , Pritesh Tank , The day started with the Marathon Tricycle all the children. A unique exercise of adopting Pramesh Pandhi , Raj Shah, Gogi Bhasin, Race open to all above the age of 16 yrs in both those children for education is undertaken for male and female category for 2.5 mts was Sunil Bhatia, Rajesh Yadav, Shiv Rao, Rs.500 per child for educational material. The flagged off by our chief guest Shri Ashish Shridhar Pasari. amount collected from Udaan Café Adopt a Deshmukh , Lata Mangeshkar Hospital & Catering Management and service – Ashish Child was Rs.40, 000 on that day. The wheel-chair race of 500 mts flagged off by Shri Mehadia, Cyrus Watchmaker, Devendra technical assistance for the event was Surendra Pawar, District Social Welfare Agrawal, Rajiv and Smita Bhargava, Renu provided by Mr. Surendra Pawar along with Officer . Cash Prizes of the marathon race Arora, Amita Behal and Rotractors team . Club Mr.Warjurkar & team - Social Welfare were given in the evening . Opening Invites – Pres. Tauby , Atul Shah ,Sunil department worked hard to make the event ceremony started with march past on the band Thapar, Sunil Bhatia. Transportation – successful. played by cadets of St.Ursula's Girls, Flag Vikram Naidu and Raj Shah. Ground The core team who worked to the minutest hoisting of Udaan' 2012 and mashal lighting Preparation - Mannu Seth , Manjot Kahai, detail since last one month President Tauby , by our honorable Chief Guest Shri Ashish

Kanak Resources. Web-Designing – Sohrab Secretary Dinesh Naidu Director Sharukh Deshmukh, and Pres. Tauby , PDG Vishwas Kanga. Spot Games – Sharmila Sutaria. Cassad Chairpersons - Ashish Mehadia, Rita Sahasrabhojanee declared the meet open Rotract Team – Jatin Sampat and Sapna Bhargava, Sanjay Sethi, Neena parikh Divya and Sec. Dinesh took the oath. Ms. Shayari a Vastani. Rotractor teams – Hislop college, Dass technical team Manish Bhatti , Parag deaf and mute child of 8 yrs performed SRKCEM, Datta Meghe, Sadabai Raisoni , Paranjpe & Jatin Sampat which helped to take mesmerizing Ganesh vandana . Tirpude college , IGGMC. Gift Hampers in the UDAAN 2012 flight at a higher altitude. Various sports competitions like Sac race, the making- Shalini Gupta, Vandana Some things in life never change, Some Pick & Run Race, Soft Ball throw, fancy race, Agrawal, Richa Sethi , Manju Bhatia , Smita moments in life are never forgotten,three legged race, lagori, burst the ballon and Bhargava, Shalini Naidu, Ratna Joshi, group games like langdi, musical chair etc. and Udaan is one of these soul stirring Anagha and Varsha Jaiswal , Smita Seth. Air were held in different ages and categories. memoirs . Because …. You'll find them always

GSE team from Australia escorted by Vijay living in you. –Show – Akhtar Pervez Maimoon and team. Naidu interacted with these kids, distributed Culltural Program – Madhavi Naidu and My gratitude towards the sponsors without chocolates & knick-knacks. Prize distribution Dinesh Naidu whom the event wouldn't have been possible –ceremony was conducted every hour and the Mr Ashish Deshmukh – Rs 2 lakhs. Mr Ashwin -Rita Bhargavawinners received Gold, Silver and Bronze Mankeshwar medals along with the prizes at the hands of and team – Rs our esteemed guests - DG- Gopal Shiralkar, 1 l a k h . PDG's- Ramesh Khanzode, Madhu Mr.Jasbir Arora Rughwani, PDG Sangramsingh Bhonsle, Dr – L u n c h Kiran Kulkarni, PP's Shiraz Gimi , Sudhir courtesy . Mr Bhiwapurkar, Dr Sanjiv Chugh, Sreeram A p p u Marawar, Dr Suresh Kulkarni, Rajan Bhatia, Wadhwani – Yatin Malji, Bunty Rawal, Arun Bhargava, R s . 3 0 , 0 0 0 Gulab Mahant ,Vijay Naidu, Shabbir Shakir, M r s . R a c h n a Akhtar Pervez, Ganesh Joshi, President Singh – Venue Tauby , and fellow Rotarians. & Band . Ajay A sit down lunch was sponsored by Hotel Sancheti -Centre Point was the major highlight wherein S p a c e the Rotarians, Rotractors from different c o u r t e s y i n The Team that made UDAAN possible

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The banner stands proud The 3 wheeler race Ladies breathing fresh air

Participants being encouraged The March Past Sonia lends a hand

The viewer's benches

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A Foodies DelightIt was exactly 21 years ago, that PP Sati Khanna, thought of having an International Food Festival. We were not a very large club then and had only 7 stalls, all manned by Rotarians, Anns and friends. Everyone got into the spirit, and dressed in International costumes and the event was a super hit. In the first 3 years we did very well --- but then people lost interest, as not many were willing to try out the different cuisines.So for a few years, this event was skipped. Till PP Aspi Bapuna, restarted it with a bang. Since then, there's been no looking back. We conduct it in a much more professional way now.In house stalls, have been replaced by professionals. Publicity, sponsors, prizes, competitions, no stone is left unturned. Tastes of Nagpurians have also changed. In one of the quizzes, I observed, that the majority of children stated that 'Pizza' was their favourite food.On Sunday the 26th, The Ladies Club was all dressed in Purple and White. With almost 20 stalls, there was was food to cater to every taste. Pakistani, Afghani, Omani, I tal ian, Burmese, Chinese and of course,Indian gave a vast variety of wholesome, vegetarian and non vegetarian food. Shakes and Juices, Chocolates, Ice cream, Games, Nail Art, Hair Braiding, Mehndi, Tarot Card Reading. There was everything and more for all ages. Musical and On the Spot Quizzing were introduced this year and became instant hits. Prizes a Plenty, brought a smile to every face.An out and out evening of Food and Fun ...A Foodies one scribe called it.Yes friends, that was the International Food Festival for us this year.

-Manju Shahani

INTERNATIONAL food festivalfood festival

The decked up venue Brisk business

Chandru, Gulab and Sharad - a welcome sight

Salads are good for health Lucky dip

Everyone enjoying themselves Sangeeta Chhabra has the kids occupied

Tuli College of Hotel management – Best stall

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Sanjay Mansukhani regaling the crowds Director Nisreen gives away a prizeChairperson Neeta deserves applause

Pappus can danceAn elderly gentleman shakes a leg Fire flaring

The full house was a pretty sight

Members having a family time

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The gate on the road The entrance to the ground Mr Asish Deshmukh all ready to flag off

The Tricycle race The Wheelchair race Everyone got involved

Personal attention to every detail The grand entry The parade

Mr Ashish Deshmukh lighting the mashaal Dance performane at the inaugural

The races

The children enjoying themselves

The festivities at the closing ceremony

Winners all

The food court


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The gate on the road The entrance to the ground Mr Asish Deshmukh all ready to flag off

The Tricycle race The Wheelchair race Everyone got involved

Personal attention to every detail The grand entry The parade

Mr Ashish Deshmukh lighting the mashaal Dance performane at the inaugural

The races

The children enjoying themselves

The festivities at the closing ceremony

Winners all

The food court


hgih seilf epoH

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TAKE ROTARY HOME SEEMA AND RAJU JAINRed and white heart shaped baloons, heart together possible, as the wedding season is shaped chocolates, tables with red covers, still not over and a lot of our members were white covered chairs, candles, rose petals, busy. lush green lawns with red and white fairy lights A musical dumb charade, planned by Seema and gurgling waters from a fountain made a (with romantic duets in mind) was enjoyed by perfect ambience for a Valentines Day all.Celebration. The karaoke, tempted many a new singer. We planned a Take Rotary Home on the 15th Regular singers including Pres. Tauby gave a Feb. at the beautiful farmhouse of Seema and few excellent numbers. The Rain God did Raju Jain. The Rotarians invited were also make our heart gallop, earlier in the evening requested to wear red and white. A pound was but fortunately, we had perfect weather later planned as usual and with 27 couples, the fare coming in at 8.30 and the snacks at 10 pm. So was pretty lavish. Stalwarts in Rotary, like PP please folks, when you next receive an invite, Chandru Shahani and PP Vijay Naidu mingled do plan your day, so that you reach the venue with new comers like Rajshree Dewani and on time.Nilesh Agrawal. Novel introductions were - Manju Shahaniplanned by chairperson Anula Goenka. Mamta

on. Thank You Seema, Raju and Urjita for being such perfect hosts. I have said this earlier and I say it again. Take Rotary Homes are not parties.Its a kind of a Rotary Meeting and should be treated like one. It is important we keep time.

Kanga's herculean efforts made this get Otherwise we sometimes have the dessert

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IOL SURGERIESAT WCL GHUGHUSthCataract Surgical camp at Rajiv Ratan We started for Ghughus on Saturday the 18 assistants from Nagpur and the OT staff of

th thHospital, WCL, Ghughus on the 18 & 19 Feb 2012 at about 01:30 PM, and reached by Rajiv Ratan Hospital.February 2012. 05:30 PM. The patients were already -Dr Shaunak Mokadamscreened by the eye-specialist of the hospital, Surgeons team from Nagpur: Rtn Dr Ajay

namely Dr Dilip Sonkusare. On reaching the Sood, Dr Yashpal Lamba, Rtn Dr Prashant hospital, after tea & samosa, we directly Choudhary, Rtn Dr Shaunak Mokadam started surgeries, which went on till 0945 PM. Supporting eye-surgeons at Rajiv Ratan We had a sumptuous dinner and fellowship Hospital: Dr Dilip Sonkusare & Dr Karan with the WCL bosses at the VIP Guest-house, (from WCL, Lalpeth, Chandrapur) where we were accommodated for the night. The Cataract Surgical Camp at Rajiv Ratan On the Sunday morning, after a heavy Hospital, Ghughus, in collaboration with WCL, breakfast we started the surgeries once again Wani area, has now become an annual feature at around 10AM to finish by 3:15PM. We thus in the list of activities of our club. We look managed to finish the 135 cataract surgeries forward to this camp since we get an lined up for us, uneventfully. We started for the opportunity to serve the needy patients and return journey at 4pm after a late lunch and also because of the warm hospitality of the reached Nagpur by 7pm. entire WCL family, right from the CMD Mr

Sanodia to the OT staff. We were efficiently assisted by our staff of 6 Dr. Shaunak Mokadam and Dr. Ajay Sood

Surgeries in progress

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GET ON BOARDknow your Board members

Indoor Plants& roses, accounts; and has Still waters run deep, so they say. conducted workshops on Early childhood All these old sayings are based on nutrition, Memory Technique & Mind mapping, true life observation of humans, Right to Food, Clothing & Shelter ,Problems of

their mannerisms & nature. One such person for Malnutrtion & Solutions, Higher Education whom these words are tailor made is Rtn Dr &opportunities ahead, Building your Business Nisreen Maimoon. empire, phew! I wont tell you more or you will get

a complex. Let us suffice to say that she is a Nisreen is on the board of directors for this year. walking-talking Encyclopedia, a bomb in a She has travelled a long, long road from her matchbox.carefree, fun filled & protected life as the 3rd of 5

siblings, the children of Asghar Ali & Memuma As if all this was not enough, Nisreen is running a who belonged to the well known Maimoon boutique with younger sister Jumana Shakir, family of Nagpur.Though they are conservative w/o yours truly Shabbir Shakir. She had started in appearance, they have always been very this work as an interesting diversion while still forward thinking as far as education & freedom studying , when the Maimoons were living in of thought is concerned, which, in my opinion is their old house in Itwari. Now it is a full blown the true 'khandani' way of -simple living & high business. For Nisreen this boutique is a hobby; members, (Akhtar parvez, Anjum, Iqbal, Sabiha, thinking. Money shows by way of dress, homes, the passion lies in the cause that she has taken Shabbir, Jumana) well, she's just participating in cars etc. but money talks by your education, up_ that of dyslexic children. family activities! Jokes aside, Nisreen is a very broadmindedness, demeanour and humility. She is a Resource Centre Consultant in the Mrs conscientious human being & in rotary she has To get back to our subject-Nisreen, she studied Khadija I. Maimoon Memorial project for found an outlet for her forte-social work. She has at St. Josephs, post grad. from L.A.D., Dyslexia, in association with Dyslexia Study been chairperson of some committee or the Home Science from Univ. Campus, for which Circle Rotary East (of whom elder brother Iqbal other since she joined & has always excelled in she holds a gold medal, PHD. in Food is PP), Inner Wheel Club of Nagpur East & the whatever she took up, be it project nutrition, Adulteration from L.I.T. She enjoyed doing her SK Asgarali Hasanali Maimoon Charitable manovikas, career guidance or vocational research, as most of the people would run a mile Trust. Two rooms in the Maimoon homestead trainingwhen asked for food samples! She has fond have been converted for this purpose along with How does this lady tune of? By tuning in! She memories of growing up- going fishing & for a small sensory park with a Paediatrician, enjoys light classical music, be it vocal or 'shikar' with her brothers, being in the kho-kho Occupational Therapist, Psycologist & Special instrumental. She loves meeting new people, team in school & participating in various Educator, Nisreen teaches dyslexic children self catching up with old friends & most restful is time matches against other schools. She was also an management & learning abilities. It is an spent with Adnan.Interactor (early bird Rotarian) & in YCS &NCC. Individual Education Programme (IEP) with a When asked if given a chance to relive her life, teacher student ratio of 1:1. They also go to Her CV runs into 4 pages, well, let me update what would she like to change_ after musing a schools to sensitise teachers educationalists & you on the highlights. She was a contributory bit she says with sudden clarity,” I love my life, parents on how to handle dyslexia.lecturer in home science PGTD, Ngp. Univ., but yes, I wish I was a more assertive person”. I lecturer in home management in LAD, lecturer in Blessed with a son Adnan(22) Nisreen's circle of look at her dumbfounded-she took only a minute cooking in M.A.K. Azad Junior college, life is complete & content. Following in Mom's to look into her soul, found her only flaw & did not Academic Counsellor for Bachelors degree footsteps, Adnan is another brain in the already hesitate in placing it before me. These words program in ANC & IGNOU Delhi, contributory rich-in-the-grey-matter Maimoons. tAfter came unbidden in my thoughts-----lecturer in home management in LAD, studying in Kota ,he is now at I.I.T. Gauhati, in his Patience with family is Love,contributory lecturer for M. Phil. PGTD, Ngp final year of engineering. He has already got a

Patience with others is Respect, Univ.(groan!!!!how did she do all this?). She has campus placement with Airbus, Bangalore but is Patience with self is Confidence, andvarious publications to her credit from the years a homebody &is reluctant to be away any longer Patience with GOD is Faith.2003 to2010, which are mostly academic from home & hearth. But Nisreen feels it is time It is only the scented flower like the Jonquil (or, in studies related to nutrition, stress, clothing, for the bird to leave the nest & learn to fly.urdu, Nisreen) that wherever it is placed fills the health of mid- section communities & living Nisreen did not 'join' Rotary, she simply drifted atmosphere with its sweet fragrance.practises of tribals. towards it. What with almost 50% of the family

-Jyoti GoenkaShe has also done courses in Beauty Culture, being members & the rest being active non



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An ' Eye Checkup Camp' for cataract was organized at Mariam Nagar slum on Sunday 26th February at 11am . Rotarian Dr. Rafat Khan examined more than 35 patients out of which 10 to 12 had cataract in various stages. Number of patients were suffering from eye sight problem and needed to wear powered glasses. Eye drops were also given to some suffering from minor eye infection.Patients diagnosed for cataract were assured free of cost operation and further treatment at Dr. Rafat Khan's clinic.President Tauby Bhagwagar, Rtn. Seema Jain were present and Slum Development Chairpersons Nirja Shukul and Ragini Sahu made necessary arrangements to make the project a success. -Ragini Sahu


AT SANJAY NAGARA successful eye check up camp to identify patients for cataract was organized by the Slum Development Committee at Sanjay Nagar slums on Sunday 26th Feb. Eye check up was conducted on over 50 patients out of which 15 were identified for Cataract operation.Dr. Sanjay Jaiswal's Erista hospital provided the infrastructure and technicians for the camp and the surgeries for the same will be performed in the first week of March.The camp was attended by Pres. Tauby Bhagwagar and Chairpersons Smita Chaubey and Bhavna Kalra.

-Bhavna Kalra


Just completed the first NID of 2012 on President Kalyan Banerjee, TRF Chair Bil Total moves to 4. Number of Polio Cases February 19, 2012 Did you know what it lBoyd, International PolioPlus Chair Dr. Bob r e p o r t e d i n 2 0 11 r e m a i n s a t 8 0involved? Here are just some basic facts. S c ot t, D ir ectors Yash Das and Shekhar Metha, Nigeria: One case reported in 2012. Total *800,000 vaccination booths *23 lac General Secretary John Hewko , Ms. Carol moves to 2. One Case reported this week of vaccinators *12 lac vaccination teams *155,000 Padak and may more. The Summit will be 2011. Total Cases of Polio in 2011 - move to 61) supervisors, with 155,000 vehicles ( cars, Chaired by PRIP Raja Saboo with PRID Sushil - Manjit S. Sawhneymotorcycles, mopeds, bicycles, boats, Gupta as its advisor. Rotary International's 2011-13 Chairman South elephants, camels or whatever it takes ) *22 India NID dates for 2012 Note the Change of East Asia Regional Polio Plus Committee 2003-Crore doses of Polio Vaccine, carried around dates: The Government of India has 13 Representing INPPC of Rotary at NPSP-the country in 20lac vaccine carrier bags *63 announced that Polio National Immunization WHO 2010-13 Member India National lacs ice packs to keep all those doses of polio for 2012 will now take place on: * Sunday April PolioPlus Committee 2008-12 Director Rotary vaccine in the 20lac vaccine carries bags cold 15, 2012. (Please note that due to non A c t i o n *19.1 crore homes visited *17 crore children availability of Polio Vaccine the April 1 date Group on immunized during each NID - of these, 10 stands postponed to April 15). Wild Poliovirus

P o l i o crorechildren immunized in just one day at Weekly Update February 23, 2012, World Surv ivors booths. No Polio Case was reported this week. Health Organization;2 0 1 1 - 1 2 India Total in 2012 - REMAINS at Nil India Total New polio cases reported in the past week for D i r e c t o r in 2011 REMAINS AT - 1 Wild virus maps, FAS, 2011: 1 New polio cases reported in the past R o t a r y polio-update and wild virus line list prepared by week for 2012: 4 Total number of cases in 2011: A c t i o n the WHO-NPSP Data Team can be sent on 650 Total number of cases in 2012: 18 Group for request. "Polio Summit 2012": Jointly OFFICIALLY REPORTED WILD VIRUS PreventablSponsoredby the Government of India & CASES ON January 11, 2012 in Endemic

RotaryInternational will be held in New Delhi e Blindness Countries: Pakistan: 2 new of cases reported in from tomorrow February 25 & 26, 2012. 1 9 9 7 - 9 8 2012 move to 11. No Cases of Polio in 2011 was Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh to Gove rno r reported this week. The 2011 total remains at inaugurate the event in theaugust presence of RID 3010199 Afghanistan: One cases reported in 2012

World Health Organization declares India a NON Endemic CountryAt the just concluded "2012 Polio Summit" held in Delhi on February 25 & 26, 2012 Dr. Margaret Chang

head of WHO sent a letter to the Minister of Health & Family Welfare of the Government of India informing him that "the name of India had been removed from the list of Polio Endemic Countries.

Thank you President Kalyan Banerjee and Rotarians worldwide for making this possible.


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ROTARY RUN Learn more about the founder of Rotary in H o p e Cemetery. “ The Life and Times of Paul Harris.” Originally from Michigan, Ruggles was a Loehr, a mining engineer, was born on 18 graduate of Northwestern University in Historic Moments: The first October 1864 in Carlinville, Illinois. He was a Evanston, Illinois, and joined Rotary at its four RotariansRotarian for only a few years, never holding second meeting. He was treasurer of the By Susan Hanf and Jason office at the club or international level. But that Chicago club during its first year, president

Lamb Rotary International News – 15 first Rotary meeting was held in his office, from 1908 to 1910, and a Rotary director from February 2012 Room 711 of the Unity Building in downtown 1912 to 1913. He is known for having

Chicago. He died in Chicago on 23 May 1918. introduced singing to Rotary club meetings. On 23 February 1905, Paul P. Harris, A Rotarian for only a few years, Shorey His printing company, H.L. Ruggles & Co., Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, and Hiram served as recording secretary during the printed the first issue of The National Rotarian

E. Shorey gathered in Loehr's office for what club's first year. He was born in Maine in and the first Rotary songbook. He died on 26 would become known as the first Rotary club August 1862 and died in March 1944. October 1959, an honorary member of seven

Schiele , a coal dealer, served as the Chicago clubs in addition to his home club, the Rotary meeting. club's first president in 1905 and Rotary Club of Chicago. Harris's desire for camaraderie among International's third treasurer in 1945. Born in -PP Vijay Naidubusiness associates brought together these Terre Haute, Indiana, in 1870, four men and eventually led to an international Schiele attended Terre Haute organization of service and fellowship. Business College and served in Read about each of the first four Rotarians the U.S. Army during the below, and about Harry L. Ruggles, who is Spanish-American War. He was often called the "fifth Rotarian." president of the Schiele Coal Rotary's founder, Harris, was born in Company from 1902 until his Wisconsin, USA, on 19 April 1868. He was retirement in 1939. He and raised by his paternal grandparents in Harris became lifelong friends Vermont and attended the University of and lived near each other on the Vermont, Princeton, and the University of South Side of Chicago. Schiele Iowa. He was Rotary president from 1910 to died on 17 December 1945 and 1912 and a member of the Rotary Club of is buried near Harris at Mount Chicago until his death on 27 January 1947. The first four Rotarians --

Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, Hiram E. Shorey, Paul P. Harris.

NEWS YOU CAN USE1.Men take a fraction of a attractive mates leads them to, experts claim. But the contest took a fatal turn when one of second to decide if they are the women, eliminated for her looks, drove the In contrast women take longer to decide their attracted to a woman or not – feelings for a man because they need to weigh man and the four other competitors off a

up whether he will be a committed partner who but they should not be called cliff......survival programming again!will provide for them well – part of their survival shallow because they are genetically 3. And now to cool you off....Versace, the programming.....!!!programmed to do so, scientists say. renowned fashion house, is to create the 2. A married Chinese businessman who could Men weigh up potential partners almost world's first refrigerated beach in Dubai so that no longer afford five mistresses held a instantaneously based on their appearance hotel guests can walk comfortably across the competition to decide which one to keep.because their “ancient” genetic preference for sand on scorching days. -Anmol Badjatia

SHIRAZSPEAK “UDAAN”One of the most unforgettable and as tears literally poured down my checks, moving moment of my life was Dad said “ I know it is very sad, but those when I was about 10 years old. I had kids don't need sympathy or pity, they just accompanied Dad to Unthkhana ( need an opportunity” .

Home for Aged & Handicapped) for a function Those words have stuck with me all these where he was the Chief Guest. The last part of years and every now and again I am the programme was a dance by the children reminded of them. Recently, on who, inspite of being on crutches or calipers, Valantines' day at St. Ursula, I was once put up the performance with smiles on their again taken back 60 odd years as I saw faces and with an enthusiasm which had to be hundreds of kids with smiling faces seen to be believed. By the end of the show I overcoming all odds with spirit and was trying desperately to hold back the tears, enthusiasm as each one of them seeing those kids struggling to do even the triumphed over adversity, in what can only simplest of tasks . be described as “Udaan”In the car going back home I started to sob and -Shiraz Gimi.

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beaches, with t u r q u o i s e waters. The stores are varied and many. Kuta beach Designer stores jostle with area is famous ethnic without any rivalry. f o r i t s Balinese famous teak wood n u m e r o u s furniture is a collectors pride and joy. These pubs, hotels, stores house teak and cane furniture, artifacts, s h o p p i n g paintings etc. The furniture is made from the arcades etc, a rain forest teak trees famous for their girth. very popular People from all over the world come to shop c o m m e r c i a l here for furniture. Walking these streets, from area, and a one end to the other is a super way to spend favorite with all the westerners. Pub hopping TROPICAL ROMANCE the night is a popular pastime. The best way to Selaamat Detang! Welcome! The temples in Bali tell a different story. There enjoy the night life, is to walk along the streets When you get off the plane at Denpasar, the are many temples worth a visit. The squares of Kuta, stop at random pub, have a drink, Bali airport, you encounter romance in its on the roads have humongous statues of enjoy the band playing international music and purest form! The exotic airport architecture, Krishna and Arjun on the chariot, depicting the carry on to the next one for another drink while random statues in the airport areas, the Mahabharat war. Most of the squares have the sea plays its own music on the other side! terracotta tiled sloping roofs, terracotta floor, statues of mythological figures. Bali, has an Balinese serve some of the most delicious wooden beams et al. Sheer poetic Indian history. The characters of Mahabharata cocktails and mock tails. Food is healthy and architectural experience and a journey to and Ramayana have connections to this land. sumptuous. The entire place comes alive at eternal greenery! night.

Bali is to the south eastern Asian countries, Nusadua is a very what Goa is to India. The entire place looks posh area in Bali with like a luxury beach resort. Bali is an island most of the famous belonging to Indonesia, just an hour and hotel chains there. 15min away from the capital city, Jakarta. Bvlgari, Hilton, Hyatt, Indonesia is an Islamic country. But an Oberoi, Shereton, to extremely modern one at that! One does not name just a few. But find Burka clad women on the streets. They do Hotels are hotels! My wear a head gear, mandatory for the Muslim vote goes to luxury women but a lot of them go without them! In villas on hire. A very spite of Indonesia being a poor nation, the p o p u l a r w a y o f people are extremely modern AND much holidaying in Bali is to disciplined. Always smiling and polite! One hire luxury villas for might develop facial cramps due to constant your stay. These smile plastered on ones face, in response to vi l las come with theirs. Might also develop chronic back pain drawing, dining room, 1, 2 or 3 bedrooms, That explains its Hindu status. Any Balinese doubling over in response to their courteous kitchen AND your own private swimming pool! can recite 5 versus of the Gayatri Mantra bows!! They have a constant habit of saying These villas are single units and built like row without a pause. And I thought, there is only “Sorry”, even if the fault lies with the other houses, providing total privacy. One can get one verse, to my shame! Indonesians, party! Indians should definitely take a lesson room-service here like any hotel or choose to especially Balinese people have an obsession or two from them! do your own cooking in your private kitchen. called Shah Rukh Khan!! They love him and Bali, though a part of Indonesia, is a Hindu Kuch Kuch Hota Hai is the national obsession. Legyan Street is a shopper's paradise. Its island, totally different in Everyone can sing the damn culture and traditions from its song Kuchi Kuchi hota hai! The parent country. The two moment you sit in a cab and religions co-exist in total you divulge that you are from harmony. Though the above India; the cabby promptly mentioned traits of friendliness breaks into that song. It's and politeness, is a common hilarious, sometimes. factor with these islanders. It's a destination people visit The famous Balinese way of often. A super romantic life is not a myth. It's been getaway. Don't miss it!made famous in the Hollywood -Amita Behalmovie “Eat Pray Love”. Bali has the most exotic


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FREEDOM(AIN)For the children

heat. The beautiful Wild Daffodils and the are those probably left there by those who Easter Lilies in Nani's garden were a real treat got there first,to the eyes and till today one of the best 8. A fine is a tax for doing wrong. And a tax

Hi Freedomanians. I am sure the memories associated with Nani and the is a fine for doing well.heat of the ongoing/oncoming oncoming summer vacations. Few things 9. Light travels faster than sound….. exams must already have got the which Nana told us…..I can never forget and therefore some people appear bright until

better of you…… and yes, to add to it the would like to share with you: Coco cola was you hear them speak.March heat must be pulling you down too. first launched in March, Eiffel Tower was 10. Place a mouse trap over your alarm Yesterday, I met a teenager from our opened in March and so did Heathrow Airport clock……will prevent you from tapping club….and I said… Hi, Freedomian start functioning in this month. and rolling over and going back to sleep.friend…'s it going? Immediately she Let us all MARCH thru this month with a lot of A quick cooler for the heat:replied…I am not a Freedomanian for this confidence and face the Annuals with all the

1 small cup ice cream of your choicemonth……for I have lost my freedom to my zest and confidence. To accomplish great Mixed fruit of your choice – cut into piecesbooks, parents and exams.” This really had things we must not only act, but also dream. Some cake pieces crumbled or biscuits of your me thinking…….. are the children so stressed, Not only plan but also believe……so best of choice broken into piecesthat they cannot handle a month full of exams luck for your exams.Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and put in – not keeping in mind the other months of the individual small boxes and pour some year when they enjoy to the fullest. A few days

1. Knowledge is knowing that tomato is a chocolate sauce over it and put it in the freezer of stress pulls them down. Anne(name fruit. Wisdom is not using it in a fruit salad. compartment of the refrigerator, when you feel changed) wrote in and asked me whether I

2. We live in a society where pizza gets to your sugar levels going low with anxiety while could help her find the reasons for annual our house faster than the police. studying…just pull out a box and ENJOY.exams. This had me thinking…..and I asked

3. How is it that one carelessly thrown Thanks for all those letters that have been many children the answer to the same matchstick can start a forest fire, but it coming in………… and true to my words, little question…….but received a bag full of mixed takes a whole box to start a camp fire. Freedomanians I will never spill the beans on replies. My answer to this was….. ask

4. Why is it that, when you are looking for an you……so keep them coming. Together with yourselves, why party, why picnic, why address you turn down the volume of the you, I look forward to the forthcoming events vacations…….the answer to WHY EXAMS radio? especially planned for you Freedomanians but will also be found. After examinations – the

5. If a turtle doesnot have a shell – is he for now it is STUDY WELL, WORK HARD and best part is the vacations.homeless or naked. then we will HOLIDAY HARDER together. March always reminds me of the great

6. It is hard to imagine how a cemetery Adieu for now and here's once again wishing plannings we would start for the annual visit to raised its burial cost and blamed it on the all Freedomanians Nana Nani's. The long awaited annual reunion increase in the cost of living. HAPPY EXAMINATION MONTH.with cousins, and deciding gifts…….always

7. The things that come to those that wait, -Sangeeta Chhabrahelped us tide calmly thru the examination



Mexican, Italian and ofcourse Indian . with Rotaract Clubs, especially those of the In cont inuat ion with our Renowned Chef Rahul Akerkar on request catering colleges in the city. This becomes a coverage on yearly Club from Vilas, had also agreed to participate in platform for these children to show their projects, this month we focus on the Food Festival. culinary skills.

the International Food Festival. Started in Earlier the venue for the festival was C.P. Entry used to be a nominal Rs.10, but now it Pres. Sati Khanna's term, the main idea was Club, but now for a few years, it has shifted to has become free for everyone. Last year our conceptualized and implemented that year, by the Ladies Club. Attendance ranges from Club birthday coincided with the festival so the the Director for International Affairs, Vilas 2500-3000 every year. Over the years, there celebrations were done with more fervour. Kale. was some waning when it came to Rotarians give away gift items to be put in the Since then this has always been a major international cuisine, there were more of lucky dip game.successful project of our Club. Initially, when Indian eatery stalls, perhaps to the The International Food Festival is a major the idea kicked off, international students from requirement of public, but once again in the project on our Rotary calender, and each year, Nagpur, especially the Palestinians were also last couple of years or so, the international chairpersons put in a lot of effort and zeal to involved, where they had put up dances and a flavour has picked up. make it a hit!cultural show. The cuisine ofcourse, was Enthusiastic Rotarians also participate, along -Anita Chitaleyinternational varying from Lebanese,

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I confess, this is not a trend I am trying to Pururavas! So we begin her journey with a Protima's life is encapsulated in establish. I seem to be traveling into the past we l l -s t ruc tured chapters chapter titled “My first death”. with each review having started with 2011 covering her early years, her Moving on to her early years, she was (Theodore Boone) and now this memoir loves (and lovers), her “life in exploited at age 10 or thereabouts, by a published in 1999! It just happened, much in sin” and eventual marriage to Kabir, her horr ible pathetic cousin, eventual ly the same way Protima Bedi happened to the escapades (fuelled also by his flirtatious deflowered and quietly bore the shame for the people in her life. From her birth to her behaviour and some affairs), not the least her remainder of her stay at their Haryana village. untimely and unfortunate death, she wanton behaviour. Her journey through The experience of attending the festivities and happened to people around her – and How!! In Europe, her experimentation with acid and bhajans at the family temple, and a chance that generation and even post that generation, drugs, her disappointment with the sad and occasion of seeing a lady going into a swoon one cannot recollect a single person who can unconnected lives of the Europeans (except after dancing like a dervish – gave birth to one come close to what Protima characterized - a when they were indulging in their favourite of her lifetime fascinations – in which admittedly – she could not (and habit), her encounter with a conservative

Studies at a convent in Panchgani did not would refuse to) be a Sita to her husband, a customs officer (when she got back a make life easy in some measure due to her Yashoda to her children or a Radha to vibrator!) and her most famous

her lovers. streaking episode! We discuss morphed So a woman regarded universally a flop: photos these days, and she had a brush As a wife, mistress, mother, daughter, with the ugly world of yellow journalism sister, friend and whatever else, not the way back then. Undoubtedly she least socially as well; in reality, did streaked (on Anjuna) but the pictures exactly as she pleased, breaking every got released with Jehangir Art Gallery in moral and social more carefully the background!!!!constructed by society over 2000 years. Her chance encounter with Kelucharan She lived shamelessly, whether she Mahapatra, her eventual Odissi guru, flaunted her youth, her sex, her was life changing, resulting into the intelligence, but never felt guilty about it. creation of Nrityagram outside She was loved, taunted, insulted, Bangalore, run by some of her protégés ostracized, laughed at….. But, never now. Her ability to leave her children hated. In her own words “I have merely (very young) at that time and take off to let life live me” and “the greatest favour Orissa to learn dance present a picture you can do yourself is to get out of your of a woman who could chase her own way”. Believe it or not, she felt she dreams and desires without guilt or had not done enough in her youth!!???!! remorse. Her subsequent split from She felt that the body had matured but Kabir, her new loves, the tragic loss of the mind had not…. that she wished that her son, her 4 year relationship with we could all be born old and wise, but Pandit Jasraj and followed by her die innocent and young. platonic relationship with Rajni Patel, Her journals date from 1969 almost till her ugly encounter with trade unions, her death in 1998. Pooja(her daughter), the media and politicians because of her in finishing the memoirs which were a proposed book are all featured giving us work in process for almost a year before an insight into what she went through.she passed way, got help from her well

This book offers to the reader her candid planned and documented instructions views, in an unapologetic manner, how her book was being structured as presented with equal candour by Pooja also letters, her reflections and thoughts without taking away her language. The / confessions on her life, relationships, book is straight forward, in your face and religion, society or politics. fellow students and partly because of the shocking to say the very least. It's a great read, Amazingly and uncannily reminiscent of school's disdain towards anything non- and I can vouch for the fact that, though it's got Devdutt Pattnaik's style, and equally western, such as her interest in classical a whole load of stuff I cannot mention here – entertaining, though much before we ever dance. Her body's inability to mature even at and which most people may not seek out for heard of him, she starts her story right from the 16 was adding to her misery. Age 17 suddenly their normal reading. You really want to read creation of the universe leading to her arrival

transformed her physically, and proud of her on and on and on, because it is interesting, into this world and her rebirth, after being assets, she would flaunt her body with intriguing, funny, sad, horrifying, disgusting, declared dead at 7 following her accidental abandon. Typically, because she was amoral ……. I could list many more, but urge consumption of a whole box of purgatives branded as a fast one, she got invited you to find out for yourself. Without a doubt, (because they were chocolate flavoured, she

apart from aforesaid, it is well structured and, everywhere – but to her chagrin, in a typical ate all 24 in the box!!). Using the mythological last but not the least, there are no language MCP manner, the same men got scared of her metaphor, she likens herself to Urvashi bloopers which can be blamed on the printer's (because she was not scared of them, and (though as belonging to an earthly Indra) devil.they just could not handle this)! She wanted about being used as an apsara, but ever

yearning to be united again with her fun, and loved being the bad girl. -Nimish Sutaria

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BOBBY'S BUBBLES THE CARPENTER - really beautifulOne morning there was a knock his place or his face anymore." his younger brother, was coming toward them, on John's door. He opened it to his hand outstretched..The carpenter said, "I think I understand the find a man with a carpenter's situation. Show me the nails and the post-hole "You are quite a fellow to build this bridge after toolbox. "I 'm looking for a few digger and I'll be able to do a job that pleases all I've said and done."

days' work," he said. "Perhaps you would have you." The two brothers stood at each end of the a few small jobs here and there I could help The older brother had to go to town, so he bridge, and then they met in middle, taking with? Could I help you?" helped the carpenter get the materials ready each other's hand. They turned to see the "Yes," said the older brother. "I do have a job and then he was off for the day. The carpenter carpenter hoist his tool box onto his shoulder.for you. Look across the creek at that farm. worked hard all that day -- measuring, sawing "No, wait! Stay a few days. I've a lot of other That's my neighbor. In fact, it's my younger and nailing. About sunset when the farmer projects for you," said the older! Last week there was a meadow returned, the carpenter had just finished his "I'd love to stay on," the carpenter said, "but I between us. He recently took his bulldozer to job. have many more bridges to build." the river levee and now there is a creek The farmer's eyes opened wide, his jaw The above is reminiscent of Rotary's theme of between us. Well, he may have done this to dropped. There was no fence there at all. RI President Hiroji Mukasa (1983-84) spite me, but I'll do him one better. See that pile It was a bridge... A bridge that stretched from Mankind Is One — Build Bridges of of lumber by the barn? I want you to build me a one side of the creek to the other! A fine piece Friendship throughout the World fence an 8-foot fence -- so I won't need to see of work, handrails and all! And the neighbor, -Bobby Srinivas

X-FACTOR BEING GOODNature does not give a man 'rules of general world society'. To a more others are good. Empathy instructs me that virtue. the process of becoming mature mind, being good might mean obeying this means that I should try to ensure that the

others also have their self-interests met. good is an art . Human the dictates of one's conscience, an internal Otherwise they might be bad, which may, perfection is illusionary and voice which judges our actions as right or heaven forbid, inconvenience me. Therefore tested at all times by circumstances, but wrong, as worthy of approval or disapproval. to increase the good in the world and hence nevertheless it is in our nature to be good. By being good we gain a sense of uprightness, our mutual comfort and safety I act with care. Evolutionary biology assumes that societies of rectitude, and we avoid feeling guilty. The great divide in ethical thinking is in have developed moral principles in order to Further reflection leads us to wonder where between those who judge an act based on its get people to co operate. An individual who the voice of conscience comes from and what consequence versus those who judge it based maximizes his friendships and minimizes his the justification is for what that voice tells us. on duty or some rule. So is the case with antagonisms will have an evolutionary We find ourselves with a sense of duty and goodness. It varies in an individual scene and advantage and selection would favor those wonder who or what imposes that duty. Many a mob, also on circumstances in one's life. But, characters. So, the person's actions are believe that God defines the moral rules and when moral worth is at issue, what counts is deliberative and repetitive. Good behavioue imposes the duty to obey. God is thus a not the actions, that one sees, but those inner and being good can to taught. To become surrogate parent, and by being good we gain principles that one does not see , that which virtuous I need to repeat virtuous actions. divine reward and (we hope) avoid divine has propelled the action. Ultimately, being Karma them becomes an inclination to act in a punishment. I am good only so long that it is in good is innate but can also be taught, is certain way. This inclination is character. It my self-interest to be so. I am indifferent or necessary for survival and practiced widely begins with a journey of self discovery over actively bad when I see no advantage in being and thus exalted to the place of godliness .coming self deception. Being good entails that good. As I've grown older and more deviously

we are true to ourselves in keeping with the selfish, I realize that it is to my advantage that -Deepali Kale


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Research shows that every second one senior is added to the aging population of the world so as the growing popularity of senior citizens going online is increasing, the benefits of Internet are tremendous in helping them to live a happier life after retirement. BENEFITS OF THE INTERNETMental benefits. Knowledge of the Internet will help senior citizens improve their mental alertness. Aside from the vast information from the Internet, it is also a great source for video games. Why video games? According to Psychology and Aging magazine, playing video games helps improve cognitive functions of seniors which normally decline during old age. Strategy video games help in keeping their brains razors sharp, and improve their eye-hand coordination. The gaming Industry is now looking into possibility of developing more video games tailored for seniors, and that they will be their highest next target market in the future.Establish a home-based online business. Seniors who worked especially from corporate offices for so many years will still have the opportunity to earn after retirement. Examples are selling products, stock photography, and offering services online. Another freelance home based job is to be a content online writer. It enables them to share their expertise, knowledge and wisdom acquired over the years.Shopping is just one click away. Purchasing online is the best thing that hashappened for seniors. It means that they can shop in the comfort of their home since mobility is their main concern.Explore the world through the Internet. Not all seniors have the chance to travel due to financial and health reasons. Now the Internet gives the seniors at least the opportunity to explore the world more by browsing and watching videos online . The Internet is a tool to continue learning by browsing the Internet to get more information especially about health and fitness. Watching tutorial videos related to their interests such as painting, playing musical instruments, gardening, flower arrangements, cooking, travel, and among others. YouTube is the most popular video site for various categories.Emotional benefits. Uplift the spirit through online communication with family and friends. It enhances self-esteem, gives them a more cheerful outlook, gain independence, and interact more with people. Instant Messengers : Skype and Yahoo Messenger are the two most popular free service chat providers that seniors can avail. Video conferencing is the most satisfying experience that enable them to see live and talk with their loved ones who are away from home.Facebook is the most popular social networking site that brings family and friends together. Share photos, chat online, play games, search old friends and more. Reconnecting with old friends whom they have lost touch with, through the years, is an exciting experience.Help build grandparents' relationship with their grandchildren. Many seniors or grandparents feel they are being left behind because they cannot cope up with the world. With Internet knowledge, seniors can still catch up with their grandchildren bridging the gap between them. Having a common activity together on the Internet helps build a better relationship.

-Sohrab Kanga

Hi friends,Finally we are through with the weddings. At least the big ones.After Gaurav and Astha Sangtani ,Karan and Yeshvi Goenka and Farha Sanjana and Sunny Mahajan culminating their romances into marriage,we have time to breathe and get back into our routines.But before we get lethargic, we have some more children keeping us on our toes.Meenam, daughter of Inderjeet and Harbhajan Singh, tied the knot with Adnan Khan of Dubai, on 25th Dubai.Shrivardhan, youngest brother of Harshvardhan Dhanvate tied the knot with Krutika on 27th February.Ankit, son of Kanak and PP Arun Bhargav and brother of Shipra Pritesh Tank, is engaged to Yashasvi Bhargav of Mumbai.Anuraag, son of Pinky and Romesh Batra, has found his match in city girl, Neha Chachda.Congratulations ! to all the families.Anushree Soni, daughter of Dr. Rajesh Soni and Gira has done us all proud.She won Elocution Competitions at the school, district and regional levels.The competition was conducted by Rotary International. Topic being, (Role of Rotary, in Polio Eradication)Many Congratulations and Good Luck at the National Level.Friends, am sorry to tell you that Rajiv Chowdhary, lost his mother recently.Manisha Agrawal lost her father.And Neeru Bhatia lost her youngest sister.May the families, have the strength to bear the loss.More news next month.We wish our children in the 10th and 12th standards, success at their respective exams.Ciao

-Manju Shahani

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IT'S A DATE...It's time to get interactive. The contests below are open to members,

spouses and children. Each has exciting prizes which shall be announced during the following business meeting.

More than one correct entry shall be decided by a draw of lots. Send in your answers to [email protected]



This was an extremely difficult guess who... Correct answer received from just one person and it is from Jumana Shakir ( Looks like husband and wife talk a lot ... Just kidding ) The people in the photos are Manju Shahani and Rajiv Behal.

GUESS WHOPlease sms your answers to me on 9823080820

Neeta Kale 15Vishwajeet Kshirsagar 17Mamta Jaiswal 19Syed Anwar Khatib 19Abdul Ghafoor Parekh 20Kiran Rathod 21Zulekha Abdul Parekh 23Jehangir Doongaji 23Shabbar Shakir 23Dr. Ujjwala Agashe 24Rajesh Yadav 24Kishore Sheth 24Sachin Palewar 26Amita Behal 26Priti Chhabra 26Rita Dhodapkar 28Gurinder Kahai 28Durriya Ahmed 28Abnash Chander Khurana 29Usha Kale 29Sylvester Isaacs 29Ashish Neb 29

Dr. Anil Masand 29

APRILBeena Isaacs 1Pinky Batra 2Archana H. Panchmatia 4Anushka S. Kale 4Priti Badjate 5Zamin Amin 5Rajiv Mittal 6Meenu Moryani 7Madhu Mrig 7Anjali Chaudhari 8Shailendra S. Agrawa l9Deepika Mehta 10Harsha Doshi 11Manju Bhatia 11Dr. Deepa Jamwal 12Archana Singhal 12Adarsh Daga 12Shreeram Marawar 13Mohd. S. Vali 14

ANSWERS FOR LAST MONTHS QUIZ ARE....1. Tommy's mother has 3 children. The first child is April. The second child is May. What is the third child's name? - Tommy2. Which is heavier: a pound of gold or a pound of feathers? - Both weigh the same3. How much dirt is there in a hole 3 ft deep, 6 ft long and 4 ft wide? - A hole will be

hollow, else will not be one if filled with dirt4. A phonebook, 80% are listed, 20% are businesses, 20% begin with 2. Take a random

1000 numbers, how many would you expect to be unlisted. - 2005. Is it possible to stand somewhere that every direction is South? - North Pole6. How many bricks do you need to make a building entirely from bricks? - Not possible

because roof cannot be made of bricks only.7. Before Mount Everest was discovered, what was the highest mountain in the world? -

Mt. Everest8. You only have a match when you enter a dark and cold room. You come across an oil

lamp, an oil heater, and a candle. Which do you light first? - The match stick9. How many months have 28 days? - All months10. A man dressed all in black is walking down a country lane. Suddenly a large black car

without any lights on comes round the corner and screeches to a halt. How did the driver know there was a man in the road? - It was daytime

Correct answers received from Jerestine Watchmaker, Kirit Joshi and Nakul Malani.

ANNIVERSARY15 March to 14 AprilDr. Vivek & Sm ita H arkre 17Usha & Sa tish Ka le 29Zam in & Rasheeda Am in 30APRILBin ita & An il G oenka 5Ra jiv & Am ita Beha l 7Sohrab & Mamta Kanga 10

1. The average amount of time a woman can keep a secret is just 47 hours and 15 minutes. (men I am sure think it's much less but... Highly debatable)2. When a male penguin falls in love with a female penguin, he searches the entire beach to find the perfect pebble to present to her. (well...whether they are diamonds or pebbles... They just have to be perfect). 3. A study by the oxford university suggests, when you fall in love you lose two close friends. ( but hopefully they an find their way back)4. The bikini was named after an Atomic bomb testing site at the Bikini Atoll. (isn't it obvious why it was named after that?)5. If you mouth the word "colorful" to someone, it looks like you are saying "I love you". (is that what is meant by "whispering sweet nothings???"


QUIZThis month we have an "all woman quiz" ... Let's see how much you men know about women and how much you women know about your own species...1. Who is the longest serving President of Indian National Congress?2. Who is the first Indian woman Badminton player to reach singles quarterfinals at the Olympics?3. Who set up the first IVF centre in India?4. Who is the first women boxer from India to have won Five World Championship titles?5.Who is the first woman IPS?6. Who is the first Indian woman to win Miss World title?7. Who is the first woman President of Rotary Club of Nagpur? 8. Who is the first Indian musician to receive the Raman Magsaysay award?9. Who is the only Indian woman to receive Nobel Prize?10. Who is the first Indian woman to receive Oscar award?

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We've had an election for the post of District Governor at the recent District conference which generated some heat and much controversy in our Club. As a past President, I can tell you that my acquaintance with District personalities and knowledge and awareness of District affairs during my term was very limited; nor was there much time or interest left after dealing with our own Club's affairs. That knowledge and awareness came later...towards the end of the term and after the term was over!! I would presume that the position is much the same with other Presidents and more so with other Board members.The question this month therefore is: We have a nomination committee which according to the bye-laws is made up of ALL the Past presidents in our Club and can meet JUST ONCE in a year to nominate the team for the next year. We also have sixty odd committees headed by chairpersons for various projects and these are constituted every year by the incoming President.Would it be a good idea for the President to constitute an advisory committee made up of 5-7 Past Presidents whose advice he/she trusts and the board would be guided by them in District affairs? The Board of course would not be bound by that advice.


CHANDRU SHAHANI: Club Presidents generally have limited knowledge about District Matters. And naturally the members of the board are relative novices in such matters. Especially so in knowing the future District

Governor candidates, whom they have probably never even met!!Though the board is chosen by the nominating committee and we in our club definitely stand by the board, yet to ensure that right decisions are made, I definitely feel that the board should be guided by a few past presidents & our PDG's. In fact, this decision had been made earlier also in one of our board meetings.And as you rightly say this advice need not be binding on the board.

BOBBY SRINIVAS: · No harm, old horse, in having an advisory committee! It is left to the President to constitute such a committee at the beginning of the year when the President constitutes other committees.

· The nominating committee can meet more than once a year. The president is the convener and chairs this committee's meetings. Therefore the President can call for a meeting, if necessary, again.

SHIRAZ GIMI: Hi Doc! What a brilliant idea, a committee of 5 - 7 Past Presidents to "advise" the President & Board on matters pertaining to the District! PPs love to give advice, whether wanted or not & t h e P r e s i d e n t p o o r

fellow/fellie(?) would feel obliged to accept the suggestions of the PPs as, if they do not, they would probably have to deal with bruised EGOs ! But seriously, I feel that if there is a matter pertaining to the District which requires "advice", let the President seek it informally rather than from a committee.

There you have it folks….now you know why and how these gentlemen

got to be Presidents of this Club!! They have a special knack for looking

at things differently!! People see 2 sides to a coin…….these eight

gentlemen will see at least 8 sides to it!!

Since the proposal and I have variously been described as 'Brilliant',

'Wonderful idea', 'Nuts', 'Lost it' and 'Old Horse' by these respectable

gentlemen in their responses, let me thadd a 9 dimension to the confusion: I

feel that a committee made up of the last 5 PP's should be there to help and advise the President on District affairs, though it's advice would in no way be binding on the Board, bruised egos or not!! Now let the incoming President get even more confused………Good

Luck Atul!! The ball is in your court…..

-PP Dr. Sanjiv Chugh

SUDHIR BHIWAPURKAR: Dear Sanjiv, Have you lost it all? Have you gone "NUTS"? You want the senile "Bunch of Jokers" to fiddle in the smooth working of the President and his Board of Directors?........No way!!! Just don't think of it!*#!

PP Sudhir (Member Bunch of Jokers)!!

V I S H W A S S A H A S R A B H O J A N E E : Excellent idea! In fact this is how it should be. We must understand and accept that our board members (50% of whom are just four years in R o t a r y ) , t h o u g h v e r y

competent in their profession and able to guide & execute numerous projects effectively, have little or no bearing on District matters!It is therefore necessary that they are guided by Past Presidents with identity and grip at the District level. This is how things work in most of the clubs in 3030 and elsewhere. This way, the board members will be saved of 'Dharmasankat' of selecting a candidate whom they hardly know. Had this wonderful proposal come earlier, our club would have been saved of the unpleasant happenings on 12th January. Anyway, better late than never! I hope President elect Atul Shah agrees to constitute such a committee in Rotary Year 12-13.

MANNU DAGA: I strongly feel that the right to elect a Governor is a right of every individual Rotarian. As there is a lack in awareness of the activities at the District Level t h u s i t i s t h e p r i m e responsibility of the Board and

the President to make every member aware of the full Bio-data of the candidates in question. I strongly feel that there are vested interests in candidates and the District Politics can raise its ugly head in the club so as to create ill will without any benefit. Past Presidents should thus not form an advisory committee. The Board too does not have right to decide the matter in this regards without taking a consensus vote from the members. Let the right be with every individual Rotarian

SHABBIR SHAKIR: The first controversy would begin with 'which 5-7 Past Presidents'? And then 'recommendation' from the PPs is meant to be 'mandatory ' in a pol i te language. The recommenda-tion not being adhered to,

would signal the beginning of another controversy!! Why should we take any step to undermine the authority of the Board and instead hand over the decision making to a set of people more prone to bias? The Board should be left alone to take its own decision without any interference from any quarters. To the extent that in this particular Board Meeting, no Past President should be invited as a special invitee.

A K H T A R P A R V E Z MAIMOON: Every board meeting has 2 PP's to give advice and guidance. More of them could be called as 'special invitees' if thought necessary. Being the convener of the Nomination committee,

even a meeting of all the PP's of the Club could also be called by the President if he/she so feels. Where then is the need to have such a committee??

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