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                                BRIGADE INSIGHT
        For private circulation only         V O L . 15   NO. 1           THE NEWSLET TER OF THE BRIGADE GROUP                  R E L E A S E D I N A P R I L 2 0 11

                                                                                                                                 In this issue:
                                                                                                             Building Commercial Capital
                                                                                                           Interview with Kofi A. Boateng
                                                                                                       Centre for Indian Music Experience
                                                                                                              Mysore’s expanding horizon!
                                                                                                              Going a good shade of green
                                                                                                                    Graduation time again!
                                                                                                                          The silent killer

Sheraton Bangalore Hotel at Brigade Gateway. WTC Bangalore is to the right. Sky-bridge leads to Orion Mall.      ARTIST’S IMPRESSION

    INSIGHT                                     H        AVING entered our 25th year of operations,
                                                         after a lot of internal deliberations, I am
                                                happy to release the organisation’s Shared Vision
                                                and Mission statements and Core Values. This should
                                                                                                         demand for space and services are met, if one has to
                                                                                                         stop proliferation of slums in urban centres. There
                                                                                                         is a great need to decentralise growth by ensuring
                                                                                                         development of each and every district and
     Vol. 15 No. 1     Released in April 2011   stand in good stead for the decade ahead and give        taluk centre.
                                                Brigadiers a clear sense of direction, enabling them
                                                to work with a unified sense of purpose and to           The Karnataka State and Central budgets for 2011
     F or private                               achieve set goals and objectives.                                          have been passed. Unfortunately,
     circul ation only
                                                Every Brigadier has to remember                                            policies and tax rates are being
     B rigade i nsight
                                                and constantly remind oneself of       A few thoughts ...                  tinkered with frequently, leading
     is published by the                        Brigade Group’s core values and                                            to confusion and a loss of direction
     Corporate Communications                   ensure these shared values are not                                         to the business community. Real
     Dept of Brigade Group                      compromised in any way.                                                    Estate hardly finds favour with the
     C o - ordinating E ditor :                                                                                            tax authorities. A few examples:
     Mathew Abraham                             Sheraton Bangalore Hotel at                                                in Karnataka, stamp duty rates
     E ditorial                                 Brigade Gateway, which had                                                 on Joint Development Agreements
     C onsultanCy & d Esign :                   its soft opening in mid-March,                                             have been increased by an
     Resource Communications                    has received very encouraging                                              unbelievable proportion and the
     B rigade e nterprises Ltd                  feedback from guests and ind-                                              VAT applicability principle in the
     Hulkul Brigade Centre                      ustry professionals. This well-                                            construction industry has changed
     82, Lavelle Rd,                            appointed 230-room, 5-star deluxe                                          to compound the confusion. In
     Bangalore 560 001
                                                hotel with six F&B outlets and a                                           the Centre, tax exemption to SEZ
     Ph: +91-80-4137 9200                                                                                units is withdrawn by imposing MAT; Service Tax is
                                                1000-seater banquet hall, is bound to be amongst the
     Fax: +91-80-2221 0784
                                                best hotels in Bangalore, and will be the pre-eminent    imposed for hospitality business … the list goes on                           Sheraton Hotel in the country. General Manager           and on.
                                                Martin Wuethrich from Switzerland and Executive
                                                Chef Gustavo Maurelli from Italy will bring their        Anna Hazare’s anti-corruption campaign was much
                                                international expertise to lead Sheraton Bangalore in    needed and, hopefully, will serve as an eye opener to
                                                the path of success.                                     the government and corrupt people. The spontaneous
                                                                                                         response to Anna’s fast from all sections of society
                                                It is a fantastic achievement by the Indian Cricket      was most encouraging and heartwarming. High
                                                Team to have won the ODI World Cup, after a              corruption in society is what is coming in the way of
                                                gap of 28 years. It is very difficult to live up to      India’s planned and sustained growth, and stopping
                                                expectations, having been the favourites to win the      the country moving from good to great. If people’s
                                                Cup. The credit undoubtedly goes to the players for      simmering discontent about corruption in every
            An ISO 9001-2008                    their outstanding teamwork, superb leadership of         sphere of life is to be avoided, fast and inclusive
            Property Developer
                                                Captain Dhoni and Coach Kirsten, and performing          development across the country is the only answer.
                                                when it mattered most in the knock-out stage.            Otherwise, Egypt’s Tahrir Square kind of situation is
                                                Many analogies can be drawn to the corporate             not far off in our country. If one determined Narendra
                                                world from the strategies adopted in winning             Modi and one determined Nitish Kumar can make so
                                                the Cup.                                                 much of a difference in Gujarat and Bihar, imagine
                                                                                                         what a small battalion of such people could do to the
                                                India’s 2011 provisional census figures, indicating      growth of India. By showing honesty and progress,
                                                a population of 1.2 billion+, is certainly a cause for   if Nitish Kumar can get 80%+ seats in the Assembly
                                                worry, and not celebration. Speedy urbanisation          (highest ever by any party in any state in the country
                                                is a matter of great concern to city planners.           since elections came to be held), why don’t other
                                                Meeting the infrastructural needs of the growing         politicians realise good development will ensure re-
                                                population will be a huge, daunting task. Our            election and continuance in power?
         IN THIS ISSUE:
                                                planners have to work overtime to ensure that            Let us hope for the best!          —M. R. Jaishankar, CMD

Sheraton Bangalore at
Brigade Gateway .................4
Building Commercial
Capital ................................6
Interview with
Kofi A. Boateng ...................8
                                                                                               OUR SHARED
Centre for                                                                                                                          OUR C
Indian Music Experience .....9                                                                   MISSION                                 ORE V
                                                                                                                                              A LUES
Giving young minds                                            H A RED                      To constantly endeavour                          QC—F
a hand ..............................10                 OUR S N                               to be the Preferred
                                                                                                                                                    I RST
                                                           V ISIO                          Developer of Residential,
                                                                                                                                 Qua lity
Showcasing Brigade .........11                                                                                                                     Fair
                                                                           a                                                    *
Mysore’s expanding                                               To be                          Commercial and
                                                                         Class               Hospitality spaces in                   er              *
horizon! ........................... 12                       World            in                                                                 Innova
                                                                       sation                the markets in which                                            tive
                                                            O rg a n i         s,                                                                  *
Going a good shade                                                       oduct                we operate, without
of green ............................13                       our Pr             ple                                                            Respon
                                                                         es, Peo             compromising on our                                             sible
                                                            P r o c e ss        nce                                                            So ci a l l
The New MLR Convention                                                   rforma           Core Values, for the benefit                                     y
Centre, Whitefield .............14                           and Pe                                                                             *
                                                                                            of all our Stakeholders                           T r u st w
Graduation time again! ......17

The silent killer .................18
Union Budget ................... 22

                    Bene, the Italian restaurant

       Sheraton Bangalore at Brigade Gateway,
       the first newly built and managed Sheraton in India
       by Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Inc.

                                                                               Feast, the show kitchen

                                                                               Sheraton Bangalore is a perfect combination of warm Indian hospitality
                                                                               and international standards of service. With a strategic location, the hotel
                                                                               offers myriad activities guests can enjoy for business or pleasure.

                                            Persian Terrace, roof-top dining

    Link @ Sheraton experienced with Microsoft                                                                                       Durbar, unwind in royal style

                                                                         The editorial team of Brigade Insight met up with Gustavo Maurelli, “Celebrity Chef” with
                                                                         Starwood Hotels and Resorts. Prior to joining Sheraton Bangalore, he was the Executive
Guest Rooms: The hotel has 230 spacious                                  Chef at Le Meridien Chiang Mai in Thailand and has 28 years of experience at various
                                                                         hotels globally. Born to Italian and Canadian parents, he speaks English, Italian and Spanish
guest rooms and suites. With the largest entry
size room in Bangalore, every room is designed                           proficiently. He has been instrumental in creating innovative and creative food and beverage
                                                                         concepts and has now earned the title “Celebrity Chef” with Starwood Hotels and Resorts.
with contemporary colour palettes of earthy
tones and plush fabrics. Guests can experience

                                                                                                                        Gustavo Maurelli

                                                     I N T E R V I E W
the comforts of the Sheraton Sweet SleeperTM
beds, four fixture bathroom and thoughtful
features like high-speed internet access, Teledapt
panel—latest technology that offers plug and                                                                            Executive Chef, Sheraton Bangalore
play connectivity and generous work spaces in
every room.                                                                                                             Born : In Uruguay of Italian parents, grew up in Toronto
                                                                                                                        and Italy
    Link @ Sheraton experienced with                                                                                    Home : The World
Microsoft is a signature Sheraton experience.                                                                           School : Culinary College, Toronto, Canada
Located in the lobby, guests can surf the                                                                               Inspiration : Family
web on the terminals or bring their laptop for                                                                          Other Passions : Photography, Art, Classic Cars
complimentary wireless broadband.                                                                                       Favourite Dish to Cook at Home : Argentinean BBQ
                                                                                                                        Most Inspirational Chefs : Susur Lee, Adrian Ferran
    Sheraton Fitness Programmed by Core
                                                                                                                        Most Used Cookbook : Art Culinar
Performance delivers state-of-the-art perform-                                                                          Favourite Ingredients : Fresh herbs, Micro greens, Salts
ance solutions. The fitness centre allows you to
incorporate your exercise routine into your busy
schedule, with access available 24 hours a day.                          Q. Can you share with us any memora-         the interaction as interesting and fun.
    Angsana Spa: Feel totally pampered with                              ble experiences during your career?          I particularly enjoyed cooking for US
a visit to the spa offering 10 treatment rooms                           There are several memora-                                       President George Bush,
and a range of personalised services.                                    ble experiences during my “When I saw Keiko walk                Robert de Niro, famous
    Sheraton Club Lounge: Situated on the                                career. One among them into the restaurant in                   Hollywood actor, and the
16th floor, with an eye-catching view of the                             is a cake which was baked Toronto on her birthday, I            Prime Minister of Japan.
lake, the Club Lounge offers an exquisite                                specially   for    American wanted to impress her.              The tight security and the
spread of breakfast in the wee hours, while
in the evening hot and cold hors d’oeuvres,
                                                                         soldiers during the invasion
                                                                         of Iraq. The cake was 5
                                                                                                        … I personally made it number ofmakes cooking
                                                                                                                                                     security checks

cocktails, beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverag-                         metres long by 1.5 metres [tiramisu] for her. Keiko             for    prominent        public
es create an atmosphere to connect. The Club                             height and 1.5 metres loved the tiramisu so                     figures very difficult.
guests can also enjoy complimentary access to                            width. 7,000 eggs were much that she insisted
the meeting room for one hour everyday.                                  used for baking this cake. on meeting me. Soon it               Q. Bene, the Italian
    Conference Venues: 1750 sq. mts of                                   The cake weighed 1,500 led to marriage.”                        restaurant at Sheraton
event space devoted to 11 distinctive meeting                            kilos and it took 6 days                                        Bangalore, will be your
rooms. The hotel boasts of having the largest                            of baking around the clock to complete.      pet project. Can you share with us
pre-function area in the city, spread across 615                         It was a big challenge to bake this cake     how the experience at Bene will be
sq. mts. Every venue can be transformed into a                           but the smiles on the faces of American      different from other Italian restau-
truly unique setting for every occasion, backed                          soldiers was well worth the effort!          rants in Bangalore city?
by professional Sheraton Meeting Concierge.                                                                           I think the first thing you will notice when
                                                                         Q. Tiramisu is your specialty and            you come to Bene for lunch or dinner will
    Gather over a meal: With access to 6
                                                                         I believe it actually triggered the          be the personalised service.
restaurants and bars, there are plenty of
                                                                         romance between you and your wife.               You will feel the passion that is Italian
cuisines to explore, ranging from casual to fine
                                                                         Can you share this anecdote with us?         cooking, complemented by the best ingre-
dining.                                                                                                               dients imported specially for Bene. I have
                                                                         The best way to a man’s heart is through
    Bene is Sheraton’s signature Italian restau-                         his stomach; it                                     developed a very special olive oil
rant with cheerful colours, natural wood and                             is equally true “I       particularly enjoyed menu, we have imported Balsamic
stone. A key point of interest here is the                               for      women. cooking for George Bush, the vinegars that are 100 years old, and
famous Pizzaiolo at work at the Pizza bar.
    Feast represents a “one-of-its kind” culinary
                                                                         I courted my
                                                                         wife Keiko Mori
                                                                                                                                  will have our
                                                                                            Prime Minister of Japan we the restaurant. own herb garden
concept using fresh ingredients in creative and                          with tiramisu. and          famous Hollywood            I pride myself in building relation-
enticing show kitchens featuring Indian, South                           When I saw actor Robert de Niro”                    ships with my guests by personal
East Asian and Western cuisines.                                         Keiko walk into                                     service and with the philosophy that
    Persian Terrace at dusk transforms into an                           the restaurant in Toronto on her birthday    when you come to Bene you are not just
outdoor Middle-Eastern wonderland. Delicious                             I wanted to impress her. I missed making     coming to another Italian restaurant in
kebab grills, pitas and naans are served with                            her main course, so I asked what she had     Bangalore, but rather you are coming to
delectable dips, chutneys and purees.                                    ordered for dessert. When I was told it      my house.
    Durbar welcomes you to the land of                                   was tiramisu, I personally made it for her.
maharajahs, where you groove to the lounge                               Keiko loved the tiramisu so much that she    Q. What made you decide you would
music while sipping your favourite martini and                           insisted on meeting me. Soon it led to       become a professional chef?
unwind in a royal style.                                                 marriage. We have been married for 14        My passion for food and the satisfac-
    Pool Bar offers innovative and refreshing                            years and have two lovely children.          tion that you get when you can create a
cocktails with scrumptious bar snacks.                                                                                memorable experience for a person.
    The Lounge, located at the lobby level,                              Q. You have been a member
serves a wide selection of international teas,                           of the prestigious Chaine des          “You will feel the passion Q. What
coffees, cocktails, wines, snacks and a light                            Rotisseurs club where you have         that is Italian cooking, is your
à la carte menu in a comfortable modern                                  interacted with celebrities and
                                                                         royalty as well. Can you share
                                                                                                                complemented by the philosophy      for success?
setting with light background music.                                                                            best ingredients imported I believe in
                                                                         with us some of your experienc-
                                                                         es and challenges of interacting       specially for Bene …”               keeping        my
                                                                         with royalty.                                                              mind open to
                                                                         I have interacted with several celebrities,  new ideas; consistently trying something
                                                                         from prominent political figures to film     new and trying to reinvent myself every
                                                                         stars as well as royalty. I would describe   day.
 Ph: +91-80-4252 1000 Fax: +91-80-4252 0100

    BuIlDIng CommerCIal CaPItal
    Remember the story of the five                 are members of our clubs or stay ings to Bangalore’s
    blind men describing an elephant?              at our Serviced Residences, we   business-scape       and
    Each one touches a different part              assume another identity. Adults  skyline.
    of the elephant and draws his                  and children connected with The      As     of     today,
    own conclusions about what the                 Brigade Schools see us in yet    Brigade Group’s
    object under study looks like.                 another light. Our growing retailcommercial projects
    Well, Brigade Group seems to                   presence showcases a differ-     under construc tion
    be much like the subject of this               ent facet of our ‘appearance’.   include an impressive
    fable.                                         And then there’s our ‘commercial portfolio of commercial
                                                   side’…                           premises, retail spaces,
    this ElEphant dancEs to many                                                    offices,    SEZs     and                                           Summit @ Brigade Metropolis
    mElodiEs …                               … including vEry commErcially          state-of-the-art soft-
    We are different things to               succEssful onEs                        ware facilities, namely Brigade                     ments we provide our customers
                      different people;      Slowly and steadily, over the          Business Suites, Brigade Court,                     meet higher and higher stand-
                      different entities     years, Brigade Group has emerged       Brigade Centre, Brigade Gardens,                    ards. We have earned a range of
                      to different           as a major devel-                                 Brigade Links, Brigade                   quality certifications, including the
                      client bases. Our      oper of commercial “You have to consider Majestic, Brigade MLR                             ISO 14001:2004 (Environmental
                      most well-known        proper ties. Inciden- your client. only out of Centre, Brigade MM,                         Management System) and OHSAS
                      identity may be        tally, it may surprise that can you produce       Brigade Plaza, Brigade                   18001:2007 (Occupational Health
                      that of residential    you to know that our great architecture.          Point, Brigade Seshama-                  and Safety Assessment System)
                                                                       You cannot work in the
                      property develop-      maiden project was                                hal, Brigade Software                    certifications.
                      ers; within which      a commercial build- —I. M. PEI, INTERNATIONALLy Park, Brigade South
                      category we are        ing, Brigade Towers. ACCLAIMED ARCHITECT          Parade, Brigade Square,                  ExcEllEnt propErtiEs draw
                      especially known       In its time, it was the                           Summit, Brigade Terrac-                  ExcEllEnt cliEnts
                      for our enclaves:      tallest building constructed by a      es, Brigade TechPark, The Arcade                    We are fortunate to have a client
                      Gardenia, Millen-      private property developer in          and—most recently—the 32-level                      portfolio that covers a range
       Brigade Towers
                      nium,     Gateway      Bangalore. Since then, we’ve           World Trade Center Bangalore.                       of categories. For instance, the
    and Metropolis. To those who             contributed many new build-            This iconic structure marks the                     client portfolio of World Trade
                                                                                    company’s entry into the privi-                     Center Bangalore includes MNC’s,
                                                                                    leged league of WTC buildings                       IT companies and professional
        In reCognItIon of hIgh StanDarDS                                            worldwide. Together, the devel-                     services firms like Amazon, UEC
       Our rewards come in the form of recognition from clients…                    opments add up to over 3 million                    Technologies, H & M, QuadGen
       and the industry we are a part of:                                           sft of commercial space. Brigade                    Wireless and Siemens. Clients at
       •	 Recognised	 as	 one	 of	 ‘India’s Top 10 Builders’ for 4 consec-          Group offers both built-to-suit                     Summit, our commercial facili-
            utive years—2007-2010 by Construction World.                            office spaces as well as ready-to-                  ty at Brigade Metropolis, include
       •	 The	 World	 Trade	 Center	 Bangalore	 at	 Brigade	 Gateway	               occupy options.                                     Capgemini       Business   Services
            received the ‘Best Commercial Project in India for 2010’                                                                    (India) Ltd, Ernst & Young Pvt. Ltd
            award from Property World.                                              cErtifiEd quality                                   (one of the largest professional
       •	 Recognised	 as	 the	 ‘Best	 Commercial	 Developer	 of	 the	 Year	         We have consistently upgraded                       services firms in the world), and
            2011 in South India’ by Realty Plus.                                    our efforts and inputs to ensure                    Wipro GE Healthcare Pvt. Ltd.
                                                                                    the living and working environ-

     “Best Commercial Developer 2011 in South India”                                                                      “Best Commercial Project”
                                                                                                                          World Trade Center Bangalore @ Brigade
                                                                                                                          Gateway has won the ‘Best Commercial
                                                                                                                          Project of the Year’ in the prestigious
                                                                                                                          Property World Awards for 2010 held at ITC
                                                                                                                          Maratha, Mumbai on December 15, 2010.
                                                                                                                             The winners were chosen by a collegium of
                                                                                                                          over 60 industry leaders from the real estate
                                                                                                                          developer community, banking and finance
                                                                                                                          industry, international and domestic property
                                                                                                                          consultants and accessories and intermediaries

    R. Ashoka, Honourable Minister for Home and Transport, Karnataka, presenting the award to M. R. Jaishankar, CMD,
    Brigade Group. Roshin Mathew, COO, Brigade Group, and Manjunath Prasad, VP, Brigade Gateway Project, are also seen.

    Brigade Group won the ‘Best Commercial                         About the Award
    Developer of the Year 2011 in South                            The Realty Plus Awards acknowledge the
    India’ Award at the Realty Plus Excellence                     extraordinary contribution made by real
    Awards 2011 (South) held at ITC Windsor                        estate organisations in terms of quality,
    Manor, Bangalore on 3 February. This is the                    product innovation and customer satisfac-
    third year that Brigade Group has received an                  tion. A highly qualified jury, comprising the
    award at the annual Realty Plus Awards. On                     who’s who of the real estate industry and
    the two earlier occasions, the awards were for                 other stakeholders, selects winners across
                                                                                                                             (l to r) Subesh Ray, JMD, Lemongrass Advisors; Manjunath
    ‘Regional Developer of the Year—South’.                        categories.                                                     Prasad and M. N. Balasubramanian of Brigade Group.

Brigade group and WtC Bangalore host networking meet
                                                                                                                          Brigade Group and World Trade Center
                                                                                                                          Bangalore jointly hosted a dinner-recep-
                                                                                                                          tion in honour of Kofi Boateng, COO,
                                                                                                                          World Trade Centers Association, New
                                                                                                                          York, at the Taj West End on 31 January.
                                                                                                                          Murugesh R. Nirani, the Honourable Minis-
                                                                                                                          ter for Large and Medium Scale Industries,
                                                                                                                          was the Guest of Honour. The dinner was
                                                                                                                          an opportunity for the WTC team to interact
                                                                                                                          with industry leaders and discuss the synergy
                                                                                                                          of them coming under one platform using the
                                                                                                                          World Trade Center brand.

Murugesh R. Nirani, Honourable Minister for Large and Medium Scale Industries, Karnataka, addressing the gathering as
Balaram Menon, MD, WTC Bangalore; Kofi Boateng, COO, WTCA, New york; and M. R. Jaishankar, CMD, Brigade Group; look on.

K. V. Raju, Economic Advisor to Government of Karnataka, addressing the gathering.                                                             A cross-section of the audience.

                CoreNet Global Summit,
                     HoNG KoNG
    The three-day CoreNet Global Summit, held between 22-24 March
    in Hong Kong, leveraged on the collective experience of members
    and participants to address shared concerns of critical importance
    to both the industry and the profession. Brigade Group was the
    Silver Sponsor of the well-received conference which drew over 400
    delegates. It gave the Brigade team an opportunity to interact with
    industry leaders and showcase the World Trade Center Bangalore on
    an international platform.

                                                       Definingly different
                                                                                                   BRIGADE RUBIX, HMT TOWNSHIP,
                                                                                                   NORTH BANGALORE
                                                                                                   The name echoes the game: the design of Brigade Rubix is based
                                                                                                   on the geometric formation of the famous Rubik Cube—every 3
                                                                                                   floors, blocks turn at an angle to create a unique façade.
                                                                                                      Brigade Rubix is designed as a mixed-use tower, offering both
                                                                                                   retail and office spaces. The building comprises ground plus 11
                                                                                                   floors and has two levels of basement parking. The building is
                                                                                                   designed with a central core, around which all services and office
                                                                                                   spaces are located. This gives every office unit an ‘outside’ view
                                                                                                   and plenty of natural light and ventilation. Office space starts
                                                                                                   from the third floor onwards. Typical office areas range between
                                                                                                   1,300 sft to 15,000 sft, with certain offices having their own
                                                                                                   breakout space. Retail options are located on the lower floors,
                                                                                                   with a proposed cafeteria at the second floor level. Facilities
                                                                                                   include dedicated power and power back up.
                                                                                                       Set at the junction of major roads in HMT Township, North
                                                                                                   Bangalore, Brigade Rubix is easily accessible and in proximity to
                                                                                                   Outer Ring Road and the proposed Metro station.

Office spaces ranging from 1,300 sft to 15,000 sft
    I N T E R V I E W
                                                                         B. I. : What were your first reactions on            B. I. : Any advice to the industries here
                                                                         seeing World Trade Center Bangalore and              before you leave?
                                                                         the Brigade Gateway enclave?                         K. B. : Well, the Brigade Group is doing this
                                                                         K. B. : The first time I saw it was when I was       in a manner that isn’t normal among most
                                                                         coming from the airport. I saw the sign, a           World Trade Centers. WTC s, typically, start
                                                                         billboard (hoarding) about it                                            with the services while they
                                                                         on the road. I said wow! It         “… Wow ! … very impressive !         are putting together their
                                                                         was very impressive!” It told       … Most of the WTCs—I would           arrangements, their deals,
                                                                         me that WTC Bangalore is                                                 and    their    construction.
                                                                                                             say 99 % of them—don’t have
                                                                         alive, WTC Bangalore wants                                               You are doing every-
                                                                                                             anything like [this]. So it is
                                                                         to make its mark … This is                                               thing at the same time.
                                                                                                             very unique ... when I saw the
                                                                         before I saw the facilities ….                                           I mean it is a very huge—a
                                                                         Actually I think that except        [WTC Bangalore] facilities, it       monumental—undertaking.
                                                                         in Belgium, where they have         just blew me away !                  Now the challenge: It is as if
                                                                         some thing like this, most of                                            you decided to manufacture
                                                                         the WTC s—I would say 99 % of them—don’t             a car when there was never one before. So you
                                                                         have anything like that. So it is very unique        are thinking “okay, I want to do away with the
                                                                         what you guys are doing. And then when I             horse, I want to do away with people walking,
                                                                         saw the facilities, it just blew me away!            do away with people carrying things. Now
                                                                                                                              I want to put it all in the car, so it means
                                                                         B. I. : What are your expectations from              we have to plan to make sure there is space
                                                                         the World Trade Center Bangalore?                    for the luggage, the space for people to sit
                                                                         K. B. : My number one expectation is that it         and not be wet”. So that is the challenge: to
                          Kofi A. BoAteng                                will be very successful. It would not just have      get all the pieces to come together and make
                          Coo, World trAde Centers                       the facilities/services in terms of office space,    sure one doesn’t dominate the other and push
                          AssoCiAtion (WtCA)                             but also enhance trade promotion as well—            them out.
                          neW YorK                                       because that is our idea, that is our gold
                                                                         standard for the World Trade Center—to do
                                                                         both the facilities and the
                        Kofi Boateng has previously held                 trade promotion services.
                                                                         Bangalore is the perfect
                        several important positions: the COO
                                                                         place to do that. Because
                        of the Africa-America Institute (AAI),           you have businesses coming
                        New York, and Executive Director                 from abroad and we have
                        of the National Puerto Rican Forum               businesses growing inter-
                                                                         nally that need signa-
                        (NPRF), New York. A native of                    ture, well-known quality
                        Ghana, he speaks English, French                 addresses. You get that,
                        and Spanish, besides his native Twi.             so that’s really not the
                                                                         problem. The challenge is
                                                                         going to be pooling them
                        Boateng was recently in Bangalore,               together so that they can
                        visiting the World Trade Center                  see a common purpose.
                        Bangalore at Brigade Gateway. Here
                                                                         B. I. : From your inter-
                        are excerpts from his conversation
                                                                         action with the indus-
                        with Brigade Insight:                            try leaders here … do
                                                                         they see the synergy of
                                                                         them coming under one
                     B. I. : Is this your first trip to India and        platform and using the
                     how has the experience been?                        World Trade Center?
                     K. B. : I’ve been very impressed by the energy in   K. B. : Some think they
                     India. I’ve been impressed by entrepreneurship.     do … most don’t. In this
                     I’ve been impressed by improvement in gener-        place you have several
                     al; in people’s standard of living. For example,    Chambers of Commerce,
                     in Dubai you would think that, obviously,           there are business associa-
                     since India has a huge population, that it’s        tions. I told all of them:
                     going to take a while to solve all the social       “This is nothing more than
                                                      problems. You      putting up an umbrella
                    “… Not just have the              would      think   when it’s raining; there are
                    facilities /services in terms     people would       many droplets and then
                    of office space, but also         be     unhappy,    everybody runs to be dry.
                                                      but everybody      If you put one umbrella—
                    enhance trade promotion
                                                      seems to be        a big umbrella—then they
                    as well—that is our idea,
                                                      comfor table,      can come under it. But
                    that is our gold standard.
                                                      acceptable and     they are still the same
                    Bangalore is the perfect          accepted. And      people. Think about it like
                    place to do that.                 that’s      very   the Olympics. There is only
                                                      hopeful. I have    one Olympics in any year,
                     been watching TV and I am impressed by the          but underneath that we
                     level of discussion, debates on the national        have different sports going
                     issues … so generally very positive.                on. Don’t stop doing what
                          Coming down to Bangalore, I’m impressed        you are doing. You can all
                     by the integration of nature to the devel-          find a nicer place to meet
                     opment of the city—that the city is not             … a more prestigious place
                     being developed at the expense of nature.           to meet. There is a lot to
                     It’s been integrated with its soul. It’s like       do together and that’s
                     Bangalore has been green long before any            what World Trade Center
                     one heard of it.                                    Bangalore brings in.

Centre for Indian Music Experience: breaking new ground
                   The     Bhoomi      Pooja  of     the   Centre   for
                   Indian Music Experience, held on 3 Febru-
                   ary at the Brigade Millennium campus in
                   J. P. Nagar, marked the breaking of new ground—
                   both literally and symbolically. On one hand,
it was an auspicious precursor to the start of the construction
of a museum building. On a more symbolic note, it signalled the
exciting beginning of a first-of-its-kind experiential music experience
within India.
    In harmony with the creative spirit intrinsic to the IME, Manasi
Prasad, Head, Music Project, and her Guru, R. K. Padmanabha,
                                                                                                         Centre for Indian Music Experience, Brigade Millennium Campus, J. P. Nagar.        CONCEPT IMAGE
performed an impromptu jugalbandi of Carnatic music. Representatives
from Brigade Millennium, musicians, members of the Brigade Millen-                                       Centre. It is a premier conference and performance venue in the city
nium Welfare Trust and Brigade management were amongst the appre-                                        and is fast emerging as a cultural hub of South Bangalore, with a host
ciative audience.                                                                                        of arts events organised regularly. It is expected that the Centre for
                                                                                                         IME, to be launched in 2012, in conjunction with the MLR Convention
IME and MLR Convention Centre                                                                            Centre as a supplementary performance venue, will become a unique
Adjacent to the proposed site for the IME is the MLR Convention                                          cultural landmark in the city.

Gallery with interactive installations that provide immersive experience.           CONCEPT IMAGE        Gallery of musical instruments.                                                   CONCEPT IMAGE

                                                           Bhoomi Poojas held during this quarter:
  •	 Brigade	 Exotica                           •	 Brigade	 IRV	 Centre                •	SEZ	 @	 Mangalore                •	Brigade	 Pinnacle               •	 Brigade	 Rhapsody

                             In appreciation
                                                     Vijayalakshmi Rao,
                                                                                                                     Thank you for the
                                                     Brigade gateWay
    I sincerely wanted to thank
    Willfred Dias in Brigade Metro-                                                                           I received your wonderful collection of old Hindi melodies and the
    polis Team for all the interactions                                                                       new calendar. Thank you. The audio collection is exceptionally good and
    I have been having with him for                    I am extremely happy with the                          nostalgic.                                —MOHAN RANGARAO, MYSORE
    the last six months. Some of                       services rendered by you [Viswa
    the things which come to my                        Prathap Desu] personally and                           Thank you very much for your desk calendar, which is lucky for me
    mind immediately are:                              the entire team at Brigade. It is                      and regulates my whole year. My album of the melodies of golden era
    	     •	 Consistent and prompt                                                                            is getting richer every year because of you. Hearty congratulations on
             response for all the
                                                       very rare to find such a helpful
                                                       and trustworthy builder in                             your past achievements and many more to happen in the coming years.
             queries raised…
                                                                                                                                                          —RTN VINAY KUMAR PODDAR, BANGALORE
    	     •	 Excellent	 guidance	 and	
                                                       Chennai. Everyone was so helpful
             details provided for any                  when I came to Bangalore
             queries...                                for taking possession—Harini,
    	     •	 Realistic	 in	 commitments	               Naveen, Geetha, Nadegowda,
             and sticking to the                       David, Umashanker and also the
             same…                                     Tandem team who managed to
    	     •	 Extremely	 responsive	 on	                fix up a tenant for me so quickly.
             any form on queries….                     Kudos to the entire team at
                                                       Brigade. Keep up the good work!

                                             SanthoSh Vandyil, Brigade MetropoliS

           Who Owns the Malleswaram Mongrel ?                               Solution to the Puzzle in the last issue of Insight: The Punjabi drinks the lassi. The Bengali owns the Malleswaram Mongrel.
           We received quite a few responses. The first off the block were: 1) Siddharth Sharma, A303, Mayflower, Brigade Millennium 2) Rukmini Menon, D-402 Brigade Regency 3) Naresh Sunkara
           4) Vineeth Kowshik. We thank all those who sent in their solutions—right or wrong!

                    Making a difference to the Fire Station Office
                                                                                         (l to r) N. Shivakumar, IPS (Inspector General of Police, Karnataka Fire & Emergency Services),
                                                                                         Dr D. V. Guruprasad, IPS (Director General of Police, Home Guards, Civil Defence & Fire Services),
                                                                                         M. R. Jaishankar (CMD, Brigade Group). Seen at the back (l to r): B. G. Chengappa (Director,
                                                                                         Karnataka Fire & Emergency Services), Manjunath Prasad (VP, Brigade Gateway Project),
                                                                                         B. K. Hamppagol (Deputy Director–Tech., Karnataka Fire & Emergency Services), Roshin Mathew
                                                                                         (COO, Brigade Group).

                                                                                         As part of its CSR initiative, Brigade Group remodeled and renovated
                                                                                         the CFO’s office building at Highgrounds Fire Station. A concrete roof
                                                                                         was constructed to replace the existing temporary roof and an office
                                                                                         for the CFO, work stations, rest rooms and toilets were constructed
                                                                                         and fully furnished. The new premises were inaugurated on 8 March.
                                                                                         Senior police and fire services officials expressed their appreciation to
                                                                                         M. R. Jaishankar, CMD, Brigade Group, for the excellent building and

     Exterior view of Highgrounds Fire Station.


                            Safety in Focus                                                   Visit to Mahindra World City, Jaipur
     Brigade Group observed Safety Week, between 28 Feb and 5 March,
     with a series of events designed to promote safety awareness. These
     included safety quiz competitions, the demonstration of 108 EMRI at
     sites, tool box talks on various topics at construction sites, fire-fighting
     demonstrations, distribution of safety badges and taking of the safety
     pledge on National Safety Day (4 March).

                                                                                         Sanjay Sinha, VP, Mahindra World City, Jaipur, greets M. R. Jaishankar.

                                                                                         M. R. Jaishankar, CMD, Brigade Group, recently visited Mahindra World
                                                                                         City, the Integrated Business City and SEZ project in Jaipur.

                                                  Giving young minds a hand
           The Brigade Merit Awards / Scholarships were
           presented at a function held on 24 Feb at
           the R.V. College of Engineering, Bangalore.
           The Brigade Scholarship—for two meritori-
           ous students of I and II Rank, who have
           scored the highest aggregate marks from 1st
           to 6th semester—was awarded to Prithvi
           Raj P. (I Rank) and Jayantip (II Rank). The
           Brigade Merit Award—for students who have
           scored the highest aggregate marks from 1st to
           8th semester and top the merit list—was present-
           ed to Saloni Agarwal (I Rank) and Pranay           Priyaa Sathyamurthi, Jayantip, Prithvi Raj P., Pranay Prakash, Saloni Agarwal, Jagan Mohan, Arindam Mukherjee,
           Prakash (II Rank).                                 Prof. B. S. Satyanarayana—Principal RVCE, Prof. B. L. Shivakumar—HOD of Civil Dept., RVCE, and Sreenivasa Reddy.

                                                    Showcasing choice properties from Brigade
                                       Ci tiBank Du Bai e v en t                                                      HDFC ProPert y SHow

                     Brigade at the Citibank event at Dubai.                                        M. R. Jaishankar, CMD, Brigade Group, and Srikantadutta Wodeyar of the Mysore royal
                                                                                                    family, look at the exhibits.

                     Brigade participated in a Citibank event held at Raffles Hotel,                Brigade participated in the HDFC event on March 26 and 27,
                     Wafi, Dubai, in Jan 2011.                                                      at HDFC’s office on Kasturba Road.
                         Brigade Homefest, the exclusive property show of a portfo-                     It was a niche, invite based event, restricted to five
                     lio of Brigade projects in Bangalore and Mysore, was organised                 developers only.
                     at Doha, Dubai and Abu Dhabi in first week of Dec 2010.

                                                                      Brigade Omega, Thurahalli.

                                    Namma Metro                                                                                       A view of
                                          near                                                                                        forest cover
                                    Brigade Gateway                                                                                   from a
                                                                                                                                      city residence!

                                                                                                                                                                       Thurahalli Forest Road.

                                                                      Brigade Omega is a 6-acre residential devel-
                                                                      opment, located opposite the Thurahalli
                                                                      Forest Reserve, off Kanakapura Road, South

                                                                      Bangalore. Luxuriously designed 2-, 3- and
                                                                      4-bedroom apartments are spread across three
                                                                      towers. Brigade Omega also houses a host of
                Work at the Yeshwanthpur Metro Station,               amenities, including a full-fledged clubhouse
                which is located adjacent to Brigade Gateway          with swimming pool, gym, party area, indoor
                enclave, has reached the half-way mark.               games room and recreation room.
                   Work on Rajajinagar, Kuvempu Road and                  With a rare view of forest cover and a
                Malleswaram Metro stations is also progress-          wide access road, Brigade Omega is an abode
                ing well.         —Bangalore Metro Rail Newsletter.   of calm, peaceful and luxurious living.           

                  team Brigade takes runners-up trophy                                             Time out on the Tee
                                                                                                   Brigade Group was the Silver sponsor of the BCIC Corporate Golf
                                                                                                   Tournament, held at the Karnataka Golf Association (KGA) on 26
                                                                                                   February. The event drew participation from over 100 enthusiastic

                                                                                    Team Brigade

                              Team Brigade won the Runners-up Trophy at the Cricket
                              Tournament conducted by Bangalore Sports Club at the
                              Infosys and NRA grounds. Twenty-four corporates vied for
                              the grand prize—the ICICI trophy.

             Mysore’s expanding horizon!
     Mysore has always been considered
     Karnataka’s cultural capital. A centre                                                                                                Mysore’s Competitiveness
     of education, research and intellectual
     and cultural activity, Mysore is home                                                                                                 City Competitiveness Report 2010*
     to institutions and establishments that                                                                                               used over 800 indicators to measure
     reflect both its history and urbanism.                                                                                                the competitiveness of 50 Indian cities.
     As the former seat of the Wodeyar                                                                                                     The top 10 cities were: Delhi, Chennai,
     dynasty, its royal past and traditions                                                                                                Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Hydera-
     have made it a tourist destination that                                                                                               bad, Ahmedabad, Pune, Nagpur and
     never failed to impress. And its salubri-                                                                                             Jaipur.
                                                 Mysore Palace
     ous climate and laid-back lifestyle
                                                                                                                                           Mysore City’s Rank             32
     further added to its appeal.
                                                                                                                                           Overall competitiveness        51.04
     An emerging identity                                                                                                                  Financial                      53.49
     Mysore has steadily moved out of                                                                                                      Physical                       46.43
     Bangalore’s shadow—it is now the                                                                                                      Communication                  53.37
     second largest software exporter in
                                                                                                                                           Administrative                 56.17
     the state—to forge an identity of its
     own. The ringing of the NASDAQ bell                                                                                                   Human Capacity                 49.13
     in the city, which coincided with the                                                                                                 Innovation                     54.95
     silver jubilee of Infosys, was symbolic                                                                                               Score                          51.81
     in more ways than one.
                                                                                                                                           *Released by the Institute for
                                                 Vasanth Mahal                                                                             Competitiveness (IFC) http://
     Change: More people,                                                                                                        
     more opportunities                                                         All photographs are actual shots from Brigade Horizon.
     Mysore’s population, estimated at
     7.10 lakh in Census 2001, is expected to register           strategic advantage—one that is improving with
     one-million in this year’s census*. This growth is          new initiatives in transportation and infrastructure.                   Brigade Homefest @ Mysore
     spurred on and reflected in areas that include educa-       ‘Bridging the gap’ is becoming a reality through
     tion; business, commercial and industrial domains;          upgradations in air, rail and road connectivity, includ-                Brigade Homefest was conducted
     infrastructure; retail and real estate.                     ing the construction of a national 164-km express-                      in Mysore on January 22 and 23 to
                                                                 way (the NICE corridor) between the two cities.                         showcase the model flats of Brigade
     Quicker and better access                                                                                                           Horizon and Brigade Sparkle.
     Being just 140 km from the state capital is a               * Based on the population growth index of 22.2 per cent for Mysore.

                        BRIGADE HORIZON
                                  SHOW FLAT

        Living room at Brigade Horizon, Mysore

                       Sustainable architecture & green habitat
                                             It’s an idea that is gather-
                                                                                     Going a good shade of green

                                             ing force across the world:
                                             sustainable or green archi-
                                             tecture. The aim is to use
                                                                              The idea of building Green is to apply new thinking to the
                                             design techniques to create
                                             structures that adhere to        way we build, refashion, renovate and develop our dwellings
                                             and promote sustainable          and societies. It calls for an understanding of the interactions
                                             living. It is hoped that this    between building site, building design, architectural and mechan-
                                             enlightened approach to          ical systems and other crucial aspects. Lastly, it mandates an
                                             the built environment will       attitude that enables healthy, mutually beneficial relationships
                                             help minimise the negative       between human, technological and natural systems.
                                             environmental impact of
                                                                                   How about a new way of living: intelligent living? A
                                             development by enhancing
                                             efficiency and moderation
                                                                              lifestyle wherein you practice energy conservation, water
                                             in the use of materials,         conservation, efficient solid waste management, energy efficient
                                             energy and space.                lighting system, rainwater harvesting, water recycling; not just
                                                                              to express your commitment to the environment, but also to
                                             Concept in action                accumulate on savings. How about a home which provides you
                                             One example of this idea         enhanced daylight and ventilation; A home with low volatile
                                             in action is currently           organic compounds so that you can breathe easy; A home that
                                             underway at Brigade
                                                                              provides protection from solar radiation to prevent heat gain in
                                             Exotica, our premium
                                             luxury apartment project         the premises during the day?
Architects: CnT, Bangalore.
                                             on Old Madras Road.                   Brigade Exotica is a project that answers these questions
The project has been designed with a focus on open space and a                affirmatively. It is designed not just to provide you with a
landscape theme of dense forests—thereby living up to its name and            luxurious lifestyle but ensures that you live in harmony with the
the experience it wishes to offer future residents.                           environment. It is Gold Pre-certified from IGBC, based on the
                                                                              globally renowned LEED Rating System, and is built accord-
Easy flow between inside and out
                                                                              ing to the parameters set by them. It has complied with all the
The project will comprise 456 apartments spread over two 35-storey
blocks. Each block will have a spacious, imaginatively landscaped inter-      features of making a world class Green Home. And this Green
nal atrium. Apartments have been designed on a courtyard/aangan               Home endows you with the greatest luxury—of saving energy
concept: living rooms are planned around large patios, which infuse           and water up to 40% and 50% respectively.
the entire unit with sunlight and fresh air. (Incidentally, the patios
are large enough to accommodate really dense landscaping, including                            Landscape design by Tropland Studio, Bali.
small woody trees.) The hierarchy of internal spaces allows for effort-
less flow between areas and a feeling of space and boundlessness.

                                                                                                                                                                   ARTIST’S IMPRESSION
This is furthered by the large corner windows in the bedroom.

A unique floor plan
All units and buildings in the campus are designed to face outward.
The unique floor plan has apartment spaces arranged around the
patio, with only regular living spaces inside. This allows every apart-
ment to have a different view and ensures no apartment will look
into another.

                                                                             Set in a lush, green, ten-acre campus, Brigade Exotica will overlook serene lakes.
                                                 and quiet
                                                 Features and facilities
                                                                                                                                                                   ARTIST’S IMPRESSION

                                                 will include a clubhouse
                                                 with a range of sports
                                                 facilities, indoor and
                                                 outdoor (pool-side)
                                                 party areas and a retail
                                                 building with a restau-
                                                 rant. Careful layout and
                                                 planning will ensure
                                                 that vehicular interfer-
                                                 ence is minimised.
Exotica Show flat—Dining and open kitchen
                                                                             Playground area

                        K. R. Puram–Budigere stretch a good long-term investment
Sudhakar Mani, an IT professional, did a           15-20 minutes”, he said.                                prospective buyers. Byappanahalli, the Metro
lot of due diligence before he booked his             The KR Puram-Budigere stretch is emerg-              rail hub, is also on the OMR. S. Mohan, assis-
second villa. He factored in better connectiv-     ing as a good long-term property invest-                tant VP, India Business in Pruksa Global, says
ity and bare minimum travel time before he         ment option. The 8-lane highway developed               this belt has a lot of potential.
zeroed in on a property at Budigere, off Old       by National Highway Authority of India
Madras Road (OMR). ”With roads being               (NHAI) is a big draw. Proximity to the IT hub                                          —Source: Shilpa Phadnis | TNN
widened, this is the best bet in terms of          of Whitefield and improved connectivity to
connectivity. I can reach my office in ITPL in     the airport has generated interest among
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                                         “Is Ethics in Business an Oxymoron?”
                                                                                      Bhaskar Bhat shares his                                     This new and modern convention centre is
                                                                                                                                                  spread over 55,000 sft and has several great
                                                                                                                                                  venues with contemporary facilities. Some of
                                                                                      thoughts with Brigadiers                                    the venues include:
                                                                                                                                                  •	 Auditorium—The spacious auditorium can seat
                                                                                      at the new                                                     800 people. It has a large stage with a green
                                                                                                                                                     room on either side. This high-end auditorium is
                                                                                      MLR Convention Centre                                          equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual infra-
                                                                                                                                                  •	 Conference	 Rooms—The convention centre has
                                                                                                                                                     two well furnished conference rooms, suitable for
                                                                                                                                                     meetings and training sessions. Both the confer-
                                                                                                                                                     ence rooms have a seating capacity of 100 people
                                                                                                                                                     and can be used concurrently.
                                                                                                                                                  •	 Banquet	 Hall—This aesthetically designed space
                                                                                                                                                     can accommodate around 600 people. It is
                                                                                                                                                     ideal for banquets, conferences, seminars, brand
                                                                                                                                                     launches and exhibitions. An added advantage
                                                                                                                                                     is the large pre-function area located before the
                                                                                                                                                     banquet hall.
                                                                                                                                                      Additional facilities include a well equipped
                                                                                                                                                  kitchen, car parking, business centre facilities
                                                                                                                                                  and a cafeteria.
                                                                                                                                                      The MLR Convention Centre at Whitefield
                                                                                                                                                  has been created to cater to the corporate
                                                                                                                                                  sector. Its flexible venues can be customised
                                                                                                                                                  to suit varied business needs.

     One of the first events at the new MLR Convention Centre. Bhaskar Bhat (inset), MD, Titan Industries Ltd, and Manoj Chakravarti,
     COO , IIM Bangalore, and Senior Advisor—Corporate, Titan Industries Ltd, addressing Brigadiers.

     BRIGADE GROUP’s first town-hall quarterly meet, on 16 April, proved to be an inspiring ‘opening
     act’ for the new MLR Convention Centre, off Whitefield Road. Bhaskar Bhat, MD, Titan Indus-
     tries, gave a thought-provoking lecture—Is Ethics in Business an Oxymoron?
         The vision behind this convention centre is to establish it as a prominent destination for                                               MLR CONVENTION CENTRE,
     conducting cultural activities, corporate events, exhibitions and social functions. It is strategically                                      The Brigade School campus, 4th Cross,
     located in Whitefield, which is a major hub for information technology companies.                                                            Mahadevapura, Whitefield. Ph: 98804 05439

     Brigade Hospitality to shortly open Regent Club:                                                                                                      Banyan Tree Resort
            a premium club at Brigade Metropolis.                                                                                                           @ Chikmagalur
                                                                                                                                                  The Hon’ble High
                                                                                             The range of facilities at the Regent Club
                                                                                                                                                  Court of Karnataka
                                                                                                                                                  DISMISSED the public
                                                                                             Food & Beverage:                                     interest litigation filed
                                                                                             •	 Restaurant—a	 multi-cuisine	 restaurant	          by some busy bodies
                                                                                             which overlooks the swimming pool                    against the project.
                                                                                             •	 Coffee	 shop	 •	 Bar	 with	 a	 separate	          Unfortunately Brigade
                                                                                             smoking section                                      Group lost nearly 3
                                                                                             Sports Facilities:                                   years' time in this
                                                                                             •	 Swimming	 pool	 and	 change	 room	 with	          litigation.
                                                                                             lockers	 •	 Billiards	 •	 Squash	 •	 Badminton
                                                                                             •	 Table	 Tennis	 •	 Play	 pen	 for	 children	
                                                                                             •	 Sports	 lounge
                                                                                                                                                  A new star in Galaxy Club !
                                                                                             Health Facilities:
     Multi-purpose area                                     REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE
                                                                                             •	 Gymnasium	 with	 separate	 cardio	 and	           Berries and Barrels, a coffee and wine lounge,
                                                                                             weights	 section	 •	 Health	 club	 with	 a	 sauna	   opened at the Galaxy Club in the Brigade
     Brigade Hospitality will be opening the exclu-                                          and	 steam	 room	 •	 Multi-purpose	 area	 for	       Gateway enclave, on 18 April. M. R. Jaishankar,
     sive Regent Club at Whitefield soon. The                                                conducting yoga / karate classes                     CMD, Brigade Group, was Chief Guest at the
     Regent Club will be tucked snugly amidst trees                                                                                               opening function.
                                                                                             Entertainment Spaces:
     and landscaped gardens and will cover about                                             •	 Banquet	 hall	 •	 Party	 area	 on	 the	 terrace
     50,000 sft of built-up space. The club has
                                                                                             Additional Facilities:
     been designed with sleek and contemporary
                                                                                             •	 Salon	 with	 separate	 sections	 for	 ladies	
     architecture and is meant only for the select
                                                                                             and	 gents	 •	 Digital	 theatre
     few. It has a wide range of facilities to dine,
     entertain, exercise and socialise in a luxurious
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      New Year
     celebrations at
The New Year was welcomed
with great zest and excitement
at The Woodrose club. A great
ambience, enthusiastic crowd
                                              Sword Dance performance by French Canadian dancer Essa Duhaime.                          Fashion Show.

                                              and lots of free goodies for the                 started performing and competing at the age of eight. She has studied
                                              guests contributed to make this New              a number of dance styles over the course of her dance career, includ-
                                              Year’s party a grand success.                    ing Ballet, Jazz and Hip Hop, but has been focusing on the Middle
                                                 The highlight of the evening                  Eastern dance for the past 9 years.
                                              was the belly dance and sword                        Essa’s performance at The Woodrose club was ethereal and
                                              performance by the acclaimed French              completely mesmerised the audience. In addition to belly dancing,
                                              Canadian dancer Essa Duhaime. Essa               she also performed the sword dance. The sword dance focuses
                                              was born and raised in Quebec,                   on balancing the sword on the head, hip or other parts of the
                                              Canada. She began her formal                     dancer’s body while the dancer performs slow and deliberate movements
Audience participating in the celebrations.   dance training at the age of five and            on the floor.

                                                                                                                       How we saw the World Cup
                        Meet Chef Mous apha—                                                                           India–Sri Lanka World Cup Final at
                        the new Chef at The Woodrose club                                                              The Woodrose club.
                                                                                                                       The India-Sri Lanka World Cup final was
                   Hello everyone,                                                                                     telecast live on a large screen at the amphi-
                       Meet Chef Moustapha.                                                                            theatre in The Woodrose club. The telecast
                       Chef Moustapha has                                                                              of the match on the large screen, combined
                   been recently hired as the                                                                          with the tension-filled moments of the match,
    new chef for The Woodrose club.                                                                                    a delicious spread of food and beverages and
        He has travelled across the world and                                                                          an enthusiastic crowd, contributed to make
    has been trained in various cuisines.                                                                              this event an extremely memorable one.
        He has introduced a variety of new
    dishes at the Melting Pot restaurant at
    The Woodrose club.
        However Chef Moustapha’s moustache
    has been the cause for great debate and                        Anisha Prabhu
    discussion at The Woodrose.
        Members were keen that he groom his
    moustache in the most creative way.
        Chef Moustapha has agreed to don his
    moustache as decided by the members.

    The winners for the Moustache of the
    Month contest are:
    1) Anisha Prabhu                                                                                                   India–Pakistan World Cup Semi-final at the
    2) Beena Prabhu                                                                                                    Galaxy Club.
    3) Atharu Gudi                                                                                                     The India-Pakistan World Cup Semi-final was
    4) Sri Vidya                                                                                                       telecast live on a large screen at the Nebula
                                                                   Beena Prabhu
                                                                                                                       restaurant at the Galaxy Club. A special menu
                                                                                                                       was designed for cricket fans, which included
                                                                                                                       delicacies such as Yuvi’s fish fingers, Dhoni’s
                                                                                                                       Super Saute, Sachin’s Special “Bombay Pav
                                                                                                                       Bhaji” and Harbhajan’s “Balle Balle” Aloo Tikki
                                        Mouth watering                    Augusta Club proudly announces the           Sandwich. Complimentary tri-color cakes were
                                                                          introduction of a new caterer for            also served to the club members.
                                         news for all                     Augusta Café—Ashwin Caterers.
                                           foodies!                           They have a rich experience
                                                                          in the catering field for the                Kudos to the team !
                                                                          last 18 years. They presently do
                                                                                                                       It’s an excellent environment to
                                                                          catering at the Bangalore Golf
                                                                                                                       be in, it’s like a second home
                                                                          Club and Century Club as well.
                                                                                                                       with service being excellent in all
                                                                              Delicious    Indian,   Tandoori,
                                                                                                                       departments. Kudos to the team.
                                                                          Chinese & Coastal Cuisine are now
                                                                          available at the Augusta Café.                                             —H. Vishwanathan
                                                                                                                                  Guest, Homestead Jayanagar, 8th Block
          B R I G A D E                           F O U N D A T I O N

                                 THE BRIGADE                                                                                    Mindspace Activity Day
                                 SCHOOL @ MALLESWARAM…                                                                                              Mindspace Activity Day,
                                                                                                                                                    on 18 December, saw
                                                                                                                                                    an inspiring display of
                                                                                                                                                    posters     and     models
                                 Basketball Court Inaugurated                                                                                       made by students based
                                                                                                                                                    on lessons learnt in class.
                                                                                                                                                    To give parents a better
                                                                                                                                                    understanding of the
                                                                                                                                                    school’s integrated curric-
                                                                                                                                                    ulum, each class gave a
                                                                                                                                                    performance       (through
                                                                                                         music, dance, drama, puppet show, art, yoga, and games) of all that
                                                                                                         was taught in class.

                                                                                                                                 Our first Sports Meet
     Our Basketball court was inaugurated by Ms Githa Shankar, Chairper-                                   Our first Intermural Sports
     son, Brigade Foundation. The court was inaugurated with a match                                       Meet was held on 8
     between the ‘Titans’ (The Brigade Foundation staff) and ‘The Soaring                                  February. Children, smartly
     Seagulls’ (The Brigade School staff). The ‘Titans’ emerged victorious!                                dressed in school uniform,
                                                                                                           marched past dignitaries.
                                                                                                           After the oath—about
     Celebrating Festivals and Special Occasions                                                           playing in the true spirit
                                                                                                           of sportsmanship—was
     The spirit of Christmas was ushered in with a short musical play, ‘A shepherd’s story’. Students      taken, torch bearers circled
     also sang carols and danced to the Christmas Polka.
                                                                                                           the field, torch held high.
                                                                                                           Students participated in
                                                                                                           performing pyramids, yogic postures and breathtaking aerobics.
                                                                                                           Teachers enjoyed the ‘left and right’ game.

                                                                                                                           And our first Annual Day
                                                                                                           “Vignettes of the Sahyadris”, our Annual Day cultural extravaganza
                                                                                                           held on 18 March, was a resounding success.

                                                                                Shankaranthi was
                                                                                celebrated with the
                                                                                song ‘Til gul ghya,
                                                                                god god bola’ (“Let
                                                                                us share sesame and
                                                                                jaggery, and talk
                                                                                and be good to each
                                                                                other”). Children also
                                                                                flew kites celebrating
                                                                                the ‘Kite festival’.

                                 THE BRIGADE SCHOOL @ MAHADEVAPURA
                                                      Mindspace Activity Day:
                                        Imagination and artistic creativity
     Mindspace Activity
     Day was held on 29
     January with much                                                                                   Stds 1-3 displayed
                                                                                                         their singing
     excitement, fanfare and                                                                             powers and nimble
     fun. On display was                                                                                 footwork by
     the curriculum-based,                                                                               blending song and
                                                                                                         dance with their
     subject-oriented, art, craft                                                                        subject-related
     and programmes of the                                                                               topics.
     talented students of
     Stds 1-5.
         Rabindra Sangeet
     ‘Ami Chini Go Chini’
     was beautifully rendered                                                                            The Hindi skit,
                                                                                                         Vishwas, put up
     by students of Stds 4                                                                               by Stds 4 and 5,
     and 5. The rendition of                                                                             reiterated that
     the French Song ‘Quel                                                                               belief in oneself is
                                                                                                         the most important
     temp faitil” brought the                                                                            mantra in today’s
     programme to a close.                                                                               times.

                             THE BRIGADE SCHOOL @ J. P. NAGAR
                                                        Intramural MSA                                                                             How we fared in
                                                  Literary Competition Prize
                                                                                                              Assemblies                              inter-school
                                                     Distribution—23 Dec                                                                             competitions
Mindspace Activity Day                                                                                                                        MI	 Odyssey—11	 Dec
                                                                                                                                              For the second year in a row, The
Students from Stds 1 to 12 exhib-                                                                                                             Brigade School won the Overall
ited a variety of well researched                                                                                                             Championship for the MI Odyssey
                                                                                                  Navy and Armed Forces Day.
projects—from simple charts to                                                                                                                held at the Gear Innovative Inter-
investigatory projects and working                                                                Navy	 and	 Armed	 Forces	 Day—              national School.
models—covering a wide range                                                                      1 Dec
of subjects.                                                                                      Tribute was paid to the tireless            Science	 Day—28	 Feb
                                                 Best House in MSA Literary Activities.                                                       Students of Std 8 won first place
                                                                                                  and selfless service of our Defense
  Winners of the MSA Day                         Kumaresh Krishnan of 10A won                     Personnel. Students of Std 10               in the Science Seminar and the
  Exhibits                                       the award for Best Student in                    described the different roles and           play on Sir C. V. Raman at the
                                                 Mindspace Activities and Vijayana-               responsibilities of the Army, Navy          Inter-school Science Competition
  Category I (Stds 1 & 2)
  Winner: Dragon Hand Print (Std 1),             gara House was declared the Best                 and the Air Force.                          conducted by the Visvesvaraya
  Runner Up: People who help us (Std 1)          House in Mindspace Activities.                                                               Technical Institute.
  Category II (Stds 3 to 5)                                                                       World	 Aids	 Day—1	 Dec
  Winner: Egyptian Civilization (Std 4),         Pre-primary Annual Day                           Students of Std 11 made an
  Runner Up: Physical Features (Std 4)                                                            informative presentation to those
  Category III (Stds 6 to 8)                                                                      of Stds 9 and 12 on the preven-               gold medalists:
  Winner: Jungle Book (Std 6)                                                                     tion of AIDS and the rehabilita-              Ujwal Nitin Nayak (Std 4B): Olympiad
  Runner Up: Handicrafts (Std 7)                                                                  tion of AIDS victims.                         (Rank 25); Dhruv V. (Std 2C):
  Category IV (Stds 9 & 10)                                                                                                                     Olympiad (Rank 323)
  Winner: Reuben’s Tube (Std 10B),                                                                Christmas	 Special	 Assembly—
  Runner Up: Radio show (Stds 9 & 10)                                                                                                           Uma Krishnan (Std 3C), Kartik Nair
                                                                                                  23 Dec                                        Variar (Std 5A), Shreya Subraman-
  Category V (Stds 11 & 12)                                                                       Students of Stds 6 and 7 present-             yan (Std 6A), Kriti Rajesh Bapnad
  DNA Extraction (Std 12),                       Mumbai Local.
                                                                                                  ed the Christmas Special Assem-               (Std 6B), Vineeth Ellore (Std 8B),
  Chlorophyll content in leaves (Std 12)                                                                                                        Bharathb Kayyar (Std 9B), Kumaresh
                                                 The theme was Goa & Mahar-                       bly. They sang several much loved
                                                 ashtra. Children of the Nursery                                                                Krishnan (Std 10A), Niharika B.
                                                                                                  Christmas carols as a very athletic
                                                                                                                                                (Std 11A), Bhavana B. (Std 12A)
                                                 classes enthusiastically enacted                 Santa Claus (Mr Jaijagadish, our
       Special Visitors                          the Goan Wedding and the                         PTI) dashed through the Assembly              Sirigannada external examination
                                                 three kings’ feast; dressed up to                of students!!                                 Abhilash S. Rao (Std 10B):State
                                                 resemble some famous person-                                                                   Rank 4
                                                 alities from different fields, and                                                             Swasthi Visnavi (Std 4C): State
                                                 danced. The LKG children grace-                                                                Rank 5
                                                 fully danced too: in celebration of                                                            Siddant S. (Std 6B): State Rank 6
                                                 Ganesh Chathurthi, Holi and the                                                                Dhanush S. Bhargav (Std 7B):
                                                 Kite festival. Finally, students of                                                            District Rank 3
                                                                                                                                                Vibha Bhat (Std 8A): District Rank 4
Peter Järves’en, Headmaster, Swedish             the UKG put up a show depicting                                                                Nitya Ravichandra (Std 5B): District
School Göteborgs Högre Samskola, and his         life in the suburbs of Mumbai,                                                                 Rank 5
colleague, Nicke Bäcklund, paid a visit to our
                                                 danced energetically to a Marathi                Ashwini Akkunji, Gold Medalist in the CWG     Anish S. Mysore (Std 3B): District
                                                 song and the famous ‘Jai Ho’.                    Games, addressed the students during the      Rank 6

                                                                 Graduation time aGain !
Pre-Graduation Day for the fifth batch of tenth and the third
batch of twelfth standard students was held on 11 Febru-
ary at the MLR Convention Centre. Mr Harish Bijoor—Brand
Expert, CEO of Harish Bijoor Inc., teacher and inspirational
writer—graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. The dignitar-
ies on the dais included Mr M. R. Jaishankar, CMD, Brigade
Group; Ms Githa Shankar, Chairperson, Brigade Foundation;
Ms Meera V. Rao, School Principal; and members of the
Governing Council of the Brigade Foundation.

Prize winners announced!
The toppers in academics were honoured. Kumaresh Krishnan
and Medapati Kartik were declared the Best Outgoing                                 Graduating Students of Std 12
Students of Stds 10 and 12 respectively.

A solemn ceremony
The students of both the graduating classes walked up on
stage to light their candles from “The Lamp of Knowledge”.
Principal Ms Meera V. Rao proudly administered the pledge
to the students. The ceremony concluded with the screening
of a video that showed a touching rendition of the National
Anthem by students who are speech and hearing impaired.
Guests, parents, teachers and students then shared some
happy moments and memories over High Tea.
                                                                                    Graduating Students of Std 10

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        T H E S I LE NT KI LLE
          It is as dangerous as hypertension, diabetes or
          cardiac disease. And it is on the rise across the                    COMMON MAN’S
          world. In India this epidemic is spreading and                       TRAVAILS …                              A coincidence!
                                                                                Tragically,   this  is
          growing from strength to strength.                                    becoming a depress-                                         Three weeks ago,
                                                                                ingly familiar aspect                                       M. R. Jaishankar,
                                                                                                                                            CMD, had
                                                                               of everyday life for                                         suggested that we
                                                                            more and more people.                                           make corruption
                                                        From access to basic necessities like water                                         the subject of this
     The new “Big C“ (with as much power to             and electricity to educating children to                                            issue’s Snippets.
                                                                                                                                            As we go to
     decimate as its much feared namesake) is           building a house to getting a job …                                                 print now, the
     corruption. And unfortunately, to continue         almost every transaction seems to come                                              fast-unto-death
     the parallel, a cure doesn’t seem in sight.        with    bribes    attached.      Nothing—from                                       by Anna Hazare
     Rather, like a self-fulfilling prophecy, we tell   getting a driver’s license to making a police                                       is inspiring people
                                                                                                                                            from all walks of
     ourselves corruption is part of the Indian         complaint—seems to get done without                                                 life to join the
     psyche … and we allow the disease to               an inducement.                                                                      peaceful protest
     perpetuate. The result is that ‘an eco-system                                                                                          against corruption.
     of corruption’ has evolved, insidiously.           A NEW STRAIN OF LICENSE AND PERMIT                    The 72-year old crusader’s campaign seems
                                                                                                              to be turning into a positive movement for
                                                        RAj—CRIpplINg	 eNtRepReNeuRSHIp                       change. This could be a defining moment for
     A SEASON OF SCAMS …                                How can the prevailing conditions—in                  civil society in India.
     As revealed recently, the range and depth          which bribery is the fuel of business—not
     of the ‘ecosystem of corruption’, includes         kill enterprise, enthusiasm and entrepre-
     thousands of crores of public money misap-         neurial vision? We are supposed to be living        FAR REACHING EFFECTS OF THE BIG C
     propriated, electoral fraud, land scams and        in economically liberalised times, but how          •	 Retard	 national	 development.	
     diversion of funds to private trusts … and         much has really changed since the post-                (Corruption can slow down GDP growth.
     this could merely be the first signs of worse      independence License Raj?                              Businessmen rank graft as their biggest
     to come.                                                                                                  headache.)
                                                        THE BLAME ALSO GOES TO …                            •	 Kill	 entrepreneurship	 and	 innovation.	
     … AND A MONSOON                                                        It’s not just the big players   •	 Jeopardise	 ethics	 both	 in	 public	 and	
     OF BRIBES                                                              that are at fault. The aam         private sectors.
     India is getting richer.                                               aadmi—people who apply          •	 Damage	 democracy	 and	 stable	
     In the next five-year                                                  for a ration card they are         governance.
     plan period, $1 trillion will                                  not entitled to, whose construc-        •	 Political,	 economic	 and	 social	 unrest	
     be spent on roads, railways,                               tions exceed sanctioned plans, who             and rebellion?
     ports, defence. Abundance, and                     pay a policeman to avoid a ticket or drunken        •	 Derail	 legal	 systems	 and	 procedures—
     the consumer culture, seems to be                  driving charge, anyone who gets preferen-              and human rights.
     everywhere, for everyone to see, want …            tial treatment because of speed money—all           •	 Laws	 framed	 to	 benefit	 the	 powerful.
     and potentially enjoy. In this climate, as The     power the problem.                                  •	 Affect	 the	 sustainability	 of	 natural	
     Economist says, “a monsoon of bribes is                                                                   resources.
     forecast.”                                         SYMPTOMS: HELPLESSNESS AND                          •	 Affect	 the	 morale	 and	 morals	 of	 all	
                                                        HOPELESSNESS                                           citizens.
     THE ROOT CAUSES                                    This sort of all-pervasive, blatant corrup-
     The basic causes of corruption generally fall      tion brings with it the whammy of the
                                                                                                                                       d cure to
     into two categories: On the one hand—              Double H: helplessness and hopelessness.                        Containment anptoms …
     need, inequity, absence of a level playing         When it’s a battle against ‘The System’,                        treat the sy m
     field. On the other—greed, and an unrelent-        the results seem a foregone conclu-                                      cure can only
                                                                                                               An ef fective                  arency, free
     ingly consumerist culture. Underpinning            sion. Even more dispiriting is the thought                                h transp
                                                                                                               found throug                    accountabilit y:
     both motivators of corruption are a general        that, for the average aam aadmi or                     informat    ion flow and
                                                                                                                                                      n	 (RTI)	
                                                                                                                                  to	 Informatio
     decline in moral standards and an eroding          for an industrialist, there is nowhere to turn          •	 The	 Right	
     code of ethics and contentment.                    for redressal. The odds seem so daunting                    Act, 2005
                                                        that many of us find it easier to flow with             •	 e-governan                man	 initiatives
     DIFFERENT MANIFESTATIONS OF THE                    the tide, to pay that bribe.                             •	 Ef fe ctive	 ombuds                  yukta
                                                                                                                                       al and Loka
     DISEASE                                                                                                        like the Lokp                       ur ts	 to	
                                                                                                                                   	 fast-track	 co
     Corruption appears in                                                                                       •	 Specialised                   n
     different shapes: Bribery                                                                                       deal with corr
                                 COrruptIOn and                                                                   •	 Stiff  er	 punishmen
     in cash or kind. Speed                                                                                                           fo rms
                                 hypOCrIsy Ought nOt tO                                                           •	 Elec toral	 re                           ak s)
     money. Nepotism. “Gifts”                                                                                                           ers	 (like	 Wikile
                                 BE InEvItaBlE prOduCts                                                           •	 Whistleblow                	 like	
     and “junkets”. Favours.                                                                                                         itiatives
                                                                                                                   •	 Citizens	 in
     Abuse of power. Extor-      Of dEmOCraCy, as thEy                                                                 ipai                    	 leading	
                                                                                                                                        r	 and	 ac tion,
     tion. Patronage or          undOuBtEdly arE tOday.                                                            •	 Public	 ange                    ir Square
                                                                                                                                           he Tahr
     pressure    that    influ-                    —Mahatma Gandhi                                                      to change. (T                  is a
     ences decisions. Insider                                                                                           ‘revolu  tion’ in Egypt
                                                                                                                                            e. Closer
     trading, match-fixing,                                                                                              recent exampl
                                                                                                                                             a Hazare’s
     cash-for-votes. Money and power manipu-                                                                             to home: Ann
     lating policy-making, even formation of a  TR ANSPARENC Y INTERNATIONAL:                                             hunger strike)
     ministry. And more.                        Corruption is a problem worldwide
                                                          (Please see opposite page)

                                                                                                                                                Continued on next page

                           Continued from previous page
                                                           ramPant: Corruption.
                                                                              laCKIng: faith in the administrative machinery.
              THE BEST OF ALL:                                  WanteD: tangible proof of a strong government resolve to fight corruption.
               A HOLISTIC CURE …
                 A corruption-free society is                                     toWarDS a SolutIon: moving the Bill to act
                      a Utopian dream. Such
                      a dream is realised                 flaShBaCK: In 1966 the Administrative Reforms Commission recommended the constitution of a two-tier body
                      through utopian ideals.             (a Lokpal at the Centre and Lokayuktas in the states) to function as a high-level ombudsman. Accordingly, two
                                                          years later, the Lokpal Bill was presented at the fourth Lok Sabha, but did not make it through the Rajya Sabha.
                        Our education system
                                                          Several subsequent attempts to convert it into an Act—the most recent being 2001—also failed. Lack of support
                    revolves   around      self-
                                                          from the Centre is seen as the cause.
                   centredness. For students
             and parents alike, it is all about
             how big a consumer one can
       be. It’s to do with escalating stand-
                                                             THE ORIGINAL LOKPAL BILL
      ards of living. It’s not about being                   aim
inspired to serve society.                                   Establishment of the institution of Lokpal to inquire                	    •	 Complaints	 of	 offence	 committed	 within
    Our society needs to actively nourish                    into allegations of corruption against public function-                      5 years from the date of offence can be
the idea that quality of life trumps over                    aries and for matters connected therewith.                                   taken up for investigation.
standard of living and a consumerist                                                                                              	    •	 A	 public	 servant	 cannot	 make	 a	 complaint.	
existence. The idea of GNH (Gross National                   Key features                                                         	    •	 The	 Lokpal	 is	 supposed	 to	 complete	 the	
Happiness) must triumph over GDP.                             members: A three-member body with a Chair-                                 inquiry within a period of six months.
                                                                person who is / was a Chief Justice or Judge                      	    •	 The	 Lokpal	 has	 the	 power	 of	 a	 civil	 court	 to	
                                                                of the Supreme Court; and two other members                               summon any person or authority.
                                                                who are / were Judges or Chief Justices of High                   	    •	 After	 investigation,	 the	 ombudsman	 can	
                                                                Courts around the country.                                                only recommend actions to be taken by the
       CORRUP TION IS A                                       appointment: Chairperson and members                                       competent authority.
     PROBLEM WORLDW IDE                                         appointed by the President, on the recommen-                      	    •	 Lokpal	 can	 order	 search	 and	 seizure	 opera-
                                                                dation of a specified committee.                                          tions.
                                                              Provisions to ensure independence of
                                                                the office:                                                       Some points of contention
                                                             	 •	 The	 Lokpal	 is	 ineligible	 to	 hold	 any	 office	 of	          No civil society representation.
                                                                    profit under Government of India or of any                    	 Exclusion	 of	 Foreign	 Affairs,	 Security	 and	
         the global coalition against corruption
                                                                    state, or similar such posts after retirement.                   Defense divisions, and bureaucrats and judges,
 CorruPtIon ruInS lIVeS. fIght BaCK. taKe aCtIon.                                                                                    from the Bill’s purview.
                                                             	 •	 Fixed	 tenure	 of	 three	 years	 and	 can	 be	
                                                                    removed only on the ground of proven                           No provisions for recovery of losses faced by
  Transparency International is a global civil                      misbehaviour or incapacity after an inquiry                      the government due to corruption.
  society organisation leading the fight                            made by CJI and two senior-most judges of                      Potential for biased / opportunistic appointments:
  against corruption. Along with global                             SC.                                                              The suggestion that political leaders sit on the
  indices and surveys, TI has engaged in a                   	 •	 Lokpal	 will	 have	 its	 own	 administrative	                      Committee may lead to conflicts of interest
  number of innovative efforts to measure                           machinery for conducting investigations.                         if they come under scrutiny. Membership of
  corruption, transparency and governance.                    Jurisdiction of lokpal:                                               retired judges to the board / committee could
                                                             	 •	 The	 central	 level	 political	 functionaries	 like	               make sitting judges vulnerable to political influ-
  Corruption Perceptions Index 2010                                 the Council of Ministers, including the Prime                    ence.
  Nearly three quarters of the 178 countries                        Minister, the Members of Parliament etc.                       Limitation of powers: The Lokpal is intended
  in the index score below five (Scale: 10 is                	 •	 Lokpal	 cannot	 inquire	 into	 any	 allega-                        to be only an advisory body: doesn’t have the
  very clean, 0 is highly corrupt).                                 tion against the PM in relation to latter’s                      authority to take suo moto action, to receive
                                                                    functions of national security and public                        complaints	 from	 the	 public	 and	 to	 register	 FIRs.
      RANKING    COUNTRY                  SCORE
         1       Denmark                   9.3
         1       New Zealand               9.3
                                                             THE JAN LOKPAL BILL
         1       Singapore                 9.3
        20       UK                        7.6               The original Lokpal Bill had passed through Upper
        22       USA                       7.1               and Lower Houses of Parliament at least nine times.
        78       China                     3.5
                                                             Anna Hazare’s fast was undertaken in order to finally
                                                             get Parliament to pass the new Bill—with inputs
        87       India                     3.3               from civil society that addressed some contentious
       143       Pakistan                  2.3               lapses and glaring lacunae. Amongst changes
       176       Afghanistan               1.4               demanded are:
                                                              A 10-member committee, not necessarily from
       178       Somalia                   1.1                   among retired judges.
                                                              Enhanced punishment—from a minimum of five
  Corruption seems to correlate roughly                          years up to life imprisonment—to serve as a
  with per capita income. The higher the                         strong deterrent.
  per capita income, the lower the level                      A one year time frame for completion of inves-
  of corruption in a country. Surprise of                        tigations. It also prescribes that the trial should
  surprises, India is less corrupt (87th) than                   be completed within a year so that a corrupt                     Centre needs to ensure …
  its per capita income ranking (127th)                          politician, officer or judge is sent to jail within              ... that the Bill not only provides legal sanctity to
  would suggest. The new icon of super                           2 years.                                                         the institution of Lokpal, but also provides it with
  efficient governance, People’s Republic of                  Protection to whistleblowers, to encourage                         sufficient authority, reasonable power and enough
  China, is only slightly less corrupt than                      complainants to speak out. This would also                       jurisdiction to be able to be effective when it comes
  India. The USA is much more corrupt                            remove the need for a separate Whistleblower                     to enforcement at the operational level.
  (22nd) than its per capita income rank                         Protection Bill
  (6th) would indicate.
                                                          Source: The Lokpal Bill—Decoded, KPMG, an Indian Partnership and a member firm of the KPMG network of independent member firms
                                                          affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity.

                                                                         What thing about humanity surprises you the most?
                                                                         This was the question that was posed to the Dalai Lama.
                                                                         His answer was:
                Ralegaon Siddhi                                             Because he sacrifices his health in order to make
                                                                            Then he sacrifices his money to recuperate his health.
           Under Anna Hazare’s leadership and
                                                                            And then he is so anxious about the future that
           initiative, his village Ralegaon Siddhi has                      he doesn’t enjoy the present,
           achieved the status of a model village in
                                                                            As a result he doesn’t live in the present or
           India and around the world.                                      the future.
                                                                            And he lives as if he’s never going to die,
           Some of his achievements that have
                                                                             And then he dies having never really lived.
           transformed his village:
           •	The	 watershed	 development	 work	 raised	
             the	 water	 table.	 From	 300–350	 acres	 of	
             land available for one crop, two crops in                                      Playing together pays
             1500 acres of land. Created employment.
                                                                      The country is slowly coming down to earth       Yuvraj, Raina to name a few, all of them
             Distress migration stopped.                              from the exhilaration of a World Cup high.       responded to the demands of the team.”
           •	Energy	 generated	 from	 solar	 power,	                  Sound bytes from the winning team are seen
                                                                      everywhere. Some of these lend themselves        Dangers of “I and Me” thinking
             bio-fuel and windmills.
                                                                      to serious reflection, both within and outside   The difference between success and failure
           •	From	 300	 litres,	 milk	 production	 has	               cricket contexts.                                can rest on thinking “I” instead of “we”. This
             gone up to 4000 litres.                                                                                   has been proven again and again, in spheres
                                                                      Dhoni on World Cup victory                       ranging from sport to song (The Beatles,
           •	The	 per	 capita	 income	 increased	 from	               Mahendra Singh Dhoni, when asked what            Abba and Simon & Garfunkel are just
             `225 to `2500.                                           made the win possible, attributed victory to     three examples of groups that failed at the
                                                                      individuals successfully coming                                    charts once egos prevented
           •	Villagers	 constructed	 buildings	 worth	 `1             together as a team: “The                                           their ‘playing as a team’)–
             crore for school, hostel and gymkhana                    character showed by individu-                                      and much that lies in
             and renovated the old village temple                     als in the team has been                                           between. From governance
                                                                      exceptional. They have showed 100 per cent       to business, the value of teamwork cannot
             through financial contributions and
                                                                      dedication on and off the field and whenever     be over emphasised. The Japanese got it right
             shramdan.                                                the occasion demanded they put their hands       when they said, “None of us is as smart as
           •	Villagers	 have	 given	 up	 brewing	 of	 liquor.	        up and responded to the situation. Zaheer,       all of us”.
             Also, nobody sells cigarettes, beedies
                                                                           “Individual commitment to a group effort—that is what makes a team
             and	 tobacco—for	 the	 last	 13	 years.	
                                                                           work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” —Vince Lombardi

                   Successful Failure
                   Failure is an inevitable companion on the path to success. And whilst you may
                   eventually succeed in leaving that friend behind, make sure you don’t forget the
                   lessons she taught you. The entrepreneurs, politicians and one sportsperson we
                   have profiled have not. Read on.

                   “You are not a failure as long as you are trying”                                “Plan for the bad when the going is good”
                                                                 —CAPTAIN G. R. GOPINATH,                                                    —GLENN SALDANHA,
                                                                    FOUNDER, DECCAN 360                                      MD & CEO, GLENMARK PHARMACEUTICALS

                   “Glory is in rising every time we fall”                                          “I used a setback as a stepping stone”
                                                                     — PHANEESH MURTHY,                                                       —SOURAV GANGULY,
                                 PRESIDENT AND CEO, iGATE, AND FORMER DIRECTOR, INFOSYS                                       FORMER CAPTAIN, INDIAN CRICKET TEAM

                   “Success never comes, you have to seek it”                                       “I was told I was taking too many risks”
                                                                   —SANDEEP GOYAL,                                                       —KIRAN MAZUMDAR-SHAW,
                                     FOUNDER-CHAIRMAN, DENTSU INDIA, AND FMR CEO, ZEE                                   CHAIRPERSON & MANAGING DIRECTOR, BIOCON LTD

                   “Failure makes place for something better”                                       “Put your difficulties to work”
                                                                     —PRIYANKA CHOPRA,                                                          —ARUN SHOURIE,
                                                                      BOLLYWOOD ACTOR                                             FORMER MINISTER AND JOURNALIST

                                                                                                                                       —Source: ET Bureau, Apr 3

                Better a diamond with a flaw                                                                         Failure is simply an opportunity to
                                 than a pebble without.                                                 begin again, this time more intelligently
                                   —CONFUCIUS, CHINESE PHILOSOPHER                                                —HENRY FORD, FOUNDER, FORD AUTOMOBILES

                                                                                           Union Budget 2011-12
                                                                 Focus on recovery, reforms and rejuvenation
                         unIon BuDget                                                                        •	 Deduction	 for	 investment	 in	 long	 term	 infrastructure	                      Central electronic registry
                         The 2011-12 budget is expected to serve as a transition                                bonds up to `20,000/-extended for 2011-12.                                       Central Electronic Registry to prevent frauds involving
                         towards a more transparent and result-oriented economic                             •	 Contribution	 made	 by	 employer	 to	 New	 Pension	                              multiple lending on the same immovable property to
                         management system in India. The Indian economy                                         Scheme to be excluded from the Overall `100,000                                  become	 operational	 by	 March	 31,	 2011.
                         is expected to grow at 9% with an outside band of                                      limit prescribed under Section 80CCE.
                         +/- 0.25% in 2011-12.                                                                                                                                                                                            Direct taxes
                                                                                                             Personal income-tax slabs proposed to be revised as                                                                          Rate of Minimum Alter-
                         housing Sector finance                                                              under                                                                                                                        native Tax proposed
                         Existing scheme of interest subvention of 1% on housing                                                                                                                                                          to be increased from
                                                                                                                    Existing Slab                 Revised Slab               Rate (%)
                         loan further liberalised.                                                                                                                                                                                        18% to 18.5% of
                              The scheme of 1% interest subvention on housing                                       Up to 160,000                 Up to 180,000                   NIL                                                     book profits. (MAT)
                         loans	 announced	 for	 the	 Financial	 Year	 (FY)	 2009-10	                           160,001 to 500,000              180,001 to 500,000                 10                                                      rates now applicable
                         has been extended further to housing loan up to                                                                                                                                                                  to Developers of and
                         `15 lakh where the cost of the house does not exceed                                  500,001 to 800,000              500,001 to 800,000                 20                                                      Units in a Special
                         `25 lakh from the present limit of `10 lakh and                                            Above 800,000                 Above 800,000                   30                                                      Economic Zone (SEZ).
                         `20 lakh, respectively.
                                                                                                             Section 80CCD provides a deduction to employees in                                                                         Service tax
                         Personal tax                                                                        respect of any contributions made to the New Pension                                                                       The levy of Service
                         •	 Personal	 Income	 tax	 exemption	 limit	 increased	 to	                          Scheme (NPS) by the employee and employer. The                                      Tax has been extended to the following new services:
                            `180,000.                                                                        current provisions of Section 80CCE, restricts the aggre-                           •	 Services	 provided	 by	 air-conditioned	 restaurants	 having	
                                                                                                             gate amount of deduction to be claimed under Section                                   license to serve liquor.
                         •	 Senior	 Citizen	 age	 limit	 revised	 to	 60	 years	 from	 earlier	
                                                                                                             80C, 80CCC and 80CCD to `100,000. It is proposed                                    •	 Services	 provided	 by	 hotels,	 inns,	 guest	 houses,	 clubs,	
                            level of 65 years; further Exemption limit increased to
                                                                                                             that the contribution made by the employer to the NPS                                  camp sites. This service will be taxed only when the
                                                                                                             be excluded for computing the `100,000 limit under                                     continuous period of stay is less then three months.
                         •	 Exemption	 limit	 carved	 out	 for	 a	 new	 category	 of	 very	                  Section	 80CCE.	 Further,	 it	 is	 proposed	 that	 the	 employer	
                            Senior citizens (pegged at 80 years and above) at                                                                                                                    •	 Hotel	 accommodation	 in	 excess	 of	 `1000/- per day
                                                                                                             be	 allowed	 a	 Deduction	 under	 Section	 36	 in	 respect	 of	
                            `500,000.                                                                                                                                                               These new levies will come into effect after the enact-
                                                                                                             his contribution to the NPS of an amount being lower of
                                                                                                                                                                                                    ment	 of	 the	 Finance	 Bill	 2011.
                         •	 Exemption	 limit	 for	 women	 assesses	 remain	 unchanged	                       Actual employer contribution to NPS; or 10% of employ-
                            at `190,000.                                                                     ees salary.

                                                                                              State Budget 2011-12
                         Commercial tax:
                         •	 VAT	 rate	 on	 goods	 currently	 taxable	 at	 13.5%	 is	 increased	 to	 14%	 •	 Luxury	 Tax—Proposal	 for	 payment	 of	 composition	 amounts	 in	 lieu	 of	 regular	 tax	 by	 home	 stay	 units

                         Karnataka Stamp act, 1957: amendments with respect to Stamp Duty
                          Sl.No.       Subject                            Present Stamp duty                                                    Proposed Stamp duty
                          01           Agreement for Sale                 1% on the market value equal to the amount of                         0.1% on the market value equal to the amount of consideration subject to a maximum of
                                                                          consideration subject to a maximum of `20,000/-.                      `20,000/-.
                                                                          in accordance with Article 5(e) (ii).                                 Note:- When a reference is made in such agreement for sale regarding Power of Attorney given
                                                                                                                                                to the Purchaser authorizing him to sell the property, then such agreement will be considered as
                                                                                                                                                Agreement for Sale with possession and the stamp duty payable is as per conveyance rate.
                          02           Agreement to Build                 1% on market value of property or consideration                       Article 5(f) is deleted. Agreements are thereby covered under Article 5(j).
                                                                          paid whichever is higher with a ceiling of                            In accordance with Article 5(j) `200/- would be payable as Stamp Duty.
                                                                          `1,50,000/- in accordance with Article 5(f).
                          03           Joint Development                  1% on the market value of the property or on the                      The said provision is omitted resulting in J.D Agreement being covered under 5(e) (i).. The stamp
                                       Agreement                          consideration for such agreement whichever is                         duty payable is the same as per conveyance in accordance with Article 5(e) (i).
                                                                          higher subject to a maximum of `1.50,000/-
                                                                          in accordance with Article 5(f).
                          04           Power of Attorney                  1% on the market value of the property or on the                      Article 41(e) (a) is deleted.
                                       given for construction/            consideration for such agreement whichever is                         The stamp duty payable is the same as per conveyance in accordance with Article 41(e).
                                       development or sale of             higher subject to a maximum of `1,50,000/-
                                       an immovable property.             in accordance with Article 41(e) (a).

                               HousING LoAN scHEMEs                                                                                                                                               census 2011: Bangalore’s growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                 The estimated population (2011 census) for Bangalore is
                                                 Indicative Equated Monthly Installment for every 1 lakh of loan*
                                                                                                                                                                                                 95.90 lakh, up from 45.92 lakh ten years ago. One of the
                                                                                     Interest                                        EMI                                                         main reasons: The boundaries of the city have been extended
                           Loan Classification                                        Rates                                                                                                      to	 increase	 its	 area	 from	 531	 sq	 km	 to	 775	 sq	 km.	 Other	
                                                                                       (%)                5 years       10 years           15 years          20 years          25 years          reasons for population growth include influx due to education,
                                                                                                                                                                                                 health and employment sectors and the floating population for
                           1st year                                                    8.75                 2064             1254              1000                884               823
                                                                                                                                                                                                 business reasons                            —Source: News reports
                           2nd and 3rd years                                           9.50                 2094             1291              1043                931               873
                           FOR REST OF THE PERIOD

                                 Floating Interest
                                                                                       9.75 +               2099             1301              1055                946               889                        Bangalore is India’s
                                                                                      10.00 ++              2125             1322              1075                966               909
                                                                                                                                                                                                                most vibrant city …
                                                                                                       Discounted rates in the first three years
                                 Fixed interest                                                                                                                                                  … according to a survey by Morgan Stanley, the global
                                                                                              are also on floating rate basis only. No fixed rate option
                                                                                                                                                                                                 financial services firm. Their report—“AlphaWise City
                         EMI quoted above are for loans availed from State Bank of India • Moratorium        be financed • Interest rates and EMIs are subject to change without notice          Vibrancy	 Index:	 A	 Guide	 to	 India’s	 Urbanization”—is	 based	 on	
     *Conditions apply

                         is presumed to be “nil” • Fixed rate loans are available for a maximum period       • Loan sanctions will be at the sole discretion of SBI & other terms & conditions
                         of 10 years only • Fixed rate loans have a reset clause of 5 years with “force      prevailing on the date of sanction.
                                                                                                                                                                                                 surveys of the top 200 cities in India by population. Interest-
                         majeure” clause • Floating rate interest rates vary for loans up to Rs 50           +
                                                                                                               For loans up to Rs 30 lakh. ++ For loans up to Rs 30 lakh after 3 years and
                                                                                                                                                                                                 ingly, Mysore, though a tier two city, is ranked in the top 10,
                         lakh and above Rs.50 lakh • Loan amount limit depends on the income of              from year 1 for loans above 75 lakh.                                                whereas Mumbai ranks 21st among India’s top 50 cities.
                         the applicant • Security of the loan is the first mortgage of the property to                                                          Source: State Bank of India                                   —Source:

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