India’s Supreme Court has ordered the removal of the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BBCI) President Anurag Thakur and Secretary Ajay Shirke from office with immediate effect. The court’s decision follows restrictions on the BCCI’s accounts last year because of a failure to apply a series of reforms recommended by a panel headed by former judge Rajendra Mal Lodha (Lodha Committee). The court also ruled that other office bearers of the BCCI and state associations who did not meet the requirements set by the committee shall “cease to hold office” immediately. The committee says that an office bearer should be a citizen of India, should not be 70 years or older, should not be a government servant or minister, should not hold office in another sports organisation, should not have held office with the BCCI or state association for more than nine years, should not be insolvent or of unsound mind, and should not have a criminal record. All existing office bearers who met the criteria were permitted to continue in their roles but were asked to file an “unconditional undertaking” in the Supreme Court within four weeks from January 2 that they would implement the Lodha Committee’s recommendations. The BCCI’s most senior vice-president will temporarily perform duties in Thakur’s absence while Joint Secretary Amitabh Chaudhary will take over for Shirke. Thakur said that he had fought for the autonomy of the BCCI and that his was not a personal battle. “Over the years, Indian cricket saw its very best in terms of administration and development of the game,” he says. “BCCI is the best-managed sports organisation in the country, with defined procedures. India has the best cricket infrastructure, built and maintained by the state associations with the help of BCCI. India has more quality players than anywhere in the world. “I respect the Supreme Court as any citizen should. Supreme Court judges feel that BCCI could do better under retired judges, I wish them all the best. I’m sure Indian cricket will do well under their guidance.” NOT A PERSONAL BATTLE CITIZEN OF INDIA
CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile device SAN FRANCISCO — Ron Wotus’ hand was up well before Abiatal Avelino touched third base, but it didn’t seem to matter.Despite a late jump, Avelino ran right through the stop sign of the Giants’ third base coach with one out in the sixth inning and headed for home after Brandon Crawford had singled to right field.Avelino was easily tagged out by Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Carson Kelly after an accurate throw from …
The forms are too bulky to import from EuropeBygghouse had considered importing forms from Europe and selling them here, but there were a couple of problems. For one, forms made in Europe are manufactured to unfamiliar metric dimensions that don’t coincide with the 4-foot increment that U.S. builders use. Also, shipping the lightweight but bulky foam pieces didn’t look attractive financially.“There’s so much to learn from them that they’ve already vetted and done well,” La Verdara said of Swedish builders. “It’s actually very frustrating to us to see how we sort of flail around trying to invent this stuff when there are already very well vetted solutions sitting there.”He added that at least one other North American company, Legalett, sells a similar product used in conjunction with its hot-air radiant system, but doesn’t appear interested in selling the slab forms separately. Lay out the forms, place the concreteLa Vardera mentioned WarmFörm in a GBA post earlier in October. He said the firm hoped to see the system gain the kind of popularity here that it has in Sweden, “where nearly all new houses are placed on this kind of foundation system.”“The Swedes have refined this to an extremely efficient, and economical way to build. They build this way not only because it is energy-efficient, but because it is faster and less expensive than digging footings below grade,” he said.The forms sold by Bygghouse are made from two types of expanded polystyrene (EPS) insulation. Horizontal sections which support the weight of the slab and a reinforcing grade beam are Type IX foam. Vertical pieces are made from BASF Neopor, a graphite-modified Type VIII EPS with an R-value that approaches the R-value of extruded polystyrene (XPS), LaVardera said.The outside of the vertical part of the form, part of which would be exposed after the slab is finished, is protected by a polyester-reinforced cementitious coating. The vertical part of the form is 4 inches thick except for a tapered section at the top. The horizontal leg under the thickened edge of the slab is also is 4 inches thick, while the field of crushed stone in the center of the building would typically be covered with 12 inches of horizontal EPS, La Verdara said.Bygghouse isn’t in a position to stockpile an inventory of foam shapes, but works with a fabricator and coater in New Jersey and is ready to supply forms to builders who want to use the system. Forms cost $25 or less per lineal foot. Borrowing an idea from Swedish builders, a New Jersey company has begun marketing prefabricated foam forms that make it possible for two workers to install a frost-protected shallow foundation in a single day with little or no digging.The New Jersey company, Bygghouse, got its start when Scott Hedges studied building materials and techniques while working as a carpenter in Sweden. There, expanded polystyrene (EPS) forms are routinely used for slabs (often called “insulated raft slabs”) as an alternative to deep footings and concrete foundations. To create an insulated raft slab, concrete is placed in a shallow bathtub-like enclosure made of EPS foam.Hedges and architect Greg La Vardera developed a prototype for their product, WarmFörm, in conjunction with Bensonwood, the New Hampshire-based firm led by Tedd Benson, and placed its first raft slab in the ground in 2012. The company began providing quotes to potential customers this summer.A WarmFörm foundation would typically be placed on an 8-inch-deep base of crushed stone, with the top of the crushed stone at about 8 inches below finished grade.A conventional foundation usually includes concrete stem walls on footings that are located below the frost line so they don’t heave in winter. That could be 48 inches or more below grade in colder parts of the country. The approach is decades oldFrost-protected shallow foundations aren’t new. In fact, this type of foundation was used by Frank Lloyd Wright in the Chicago area during the 1930s. The NAHB Research Center (now the Home Innovation Research Labs) published a paper on how to make them a decade ago, although builders had to cobble them together with sheets of rigid foam insulation and conventional concrete forms.GBA senior editor Martin Holladay wrote about insulated raft slabs in a blog in 2010. In it, he listed several European manufacturers of EPS forms intended for raft slabs.
Flight PlannerNamrita ChandiSquadron Leader, IAF, 34Role Call: Posted as staff pilot at the IAF’s Helicopter Training School, Hakimpet, near Hyderabad, the most senior woman helicopter pilot in the IAF has completed 10 years of service and logged 1,500 hours on the Chetak and Cheetah. The daughter of a farmer from,Flight PlannerNamrita ChandiSquadron Leader, IAF, 34Role Call: Posted as staff pilot at the IAF’s Helicopter Training School, Hakimpet, near Hyderabad, the most senior woman helicopter pilot in the IAF has completed 10 years of service and logged 1,500 hours on the Chetak and Cheetah. The daughter of a farmer from Rudrapur, Uttaranchal, she became IAF’s first woman helicopter pilot to be deployed in Leh and Siachen between 2000 and 2002, and the first to fly to the world’s highest advanced landing ground in Siachen at 18,000 ft.Significant Others: Squadron Leader Nikhil Naidu, and her children, four-year-old Kuhu and one-year-old Advitya.A Typical Day : Begins at 5 a.m. with a yoga session, after which she flies a grey Chetak helicopter for two to three hours. On returning home, she shops for groceries and looks after her two children.Balancing Act: “Live in the present and give anything you do 100 per cent. Everything will automatically fall into place.”A Beautiful MindVidya BalanActor, 28Role Call: From the moment she received a call from Vidhu Vinod Chopra in the middle of an Enrique Iglesias concert informing her that she would be playing the lead in his movie Parineeta, to the present, when she’s been part of four commendable movies in two years and has worked with names like Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Saif Ali Khan and John Abraham, this Tamilian Iyer girl from Palghat has gone from being the face that launched many washing powders and two-wheelers to the talent that every Bollywood filmmaker is queuing up to sign on. While Balan excelled as the luminous Lolita in Parineeta, Lage Raho Munnabhai saw her play a spunky radio jockey. She sizzled with Abraham in Salaam-e-Ishq, and Eklavya saw her return to the Vidhu Vinod Chopra fold. Her liquid eyes have left thousands mesmerised but she still remains the Chembur girl who frequents the temple in her neighbourhood. Up next are Hey Baby with Akshay Kumar and Halla Bol with Ajay Devgan.Significant Others: Between the hustle and bustle of stardom, her parents and elder sister keep her firmly grounded. “I have always looked up to my sister Priya Balan Teny. She wrote my first biodata on the basis of which I bagged a job. I always seek her approval in everything. I always say that I have two sets of parents.my mother and father, and my sister and brother-in-law,” says Balan.Balancing Act : Striking a balance between work and family is effortless for Balan. “There is no substitute for your loved ones, so spending time with them comes naturally,” she says.Worst Cliche She Has Heard About Being a Woman: “It puts me off when someone says ‘Oh, he is such a woman’ or ‘He bitches like a woman’. Men gossip too. Its just that women are more open about their insecurities and fears.”advertisementJewel FiefPallam DudejaJewellery Designer, 27Role Call: A graduate of NIFT, Delhi, Dudeja started designing when she was still in school. Her first big break came when she won the Bright Sparks competition organised by DTC and was asked to design a collection using diamonds, gold and silk. For the last seven years she has been working with Tanishq retail sales of the jewellery brand of Titan Industries crossed Rs 700 crore last year as senior jewellery design manager. Dudeja has also designed watches for Titan, crowns for the Miss India pageant, trophies, and jewellery for the Milan Fashion Week.Significant Other: Jewellery and product designer Neil Foley, 32, senior product design manager at Tanishq for over 12 years now.”With the kind of work that I do, it was really important for me to find the right person to spend my life with,” she says. They have a four month-old daughter, Nia.A Typical Day :Work occupies a large chunk of the day. Involved with the creative process and with administration, she is planning to launch her own brand of jewellery.Balancing Act: ” I unwind by painting. When I was a child, the walls in my room were my first pages of expression.”Taking StockChitra RamakrishnaDeputy MD, NSE, 45Role Call: The woman ANAND who gives Dalal Street the shakes, she runs the National Stock Exchange (NSE), where shares worth Rs 9,000 crore are bought and sold daily. After setting up the NSE in 1994 following the Harshad Mehta share market scam, she and her team made it the third largest stock exchange in the world, and computerised all its trading, which can extend to seven million transactions a day. Apart from having zero tolerance for violators of regulations, she is also a proponent of the use of technology. If stock market scams have ceased to be a periodic occurrence, the credit goes to the way the systems are managed by the chartered accountant, who earlier worked in the resources department of IDBI.Character Trait: Low profile. Stubbornly refuses to talk about herself.Mistress of the Universe Move: The New York Stock Exchange group, Morgan Stanley, Citigroup, private equity investors, General Atlantic, Actis, Goldman Sachs, and the Softbank Asian Infrastructure Fund have picked up stakes in NSE.A Typical Day: Involves hearing out brokers, holding internal meetings and tracking the system. The Soft Sell Neelam Dhawan MD, Microsoft India, 45Role Call: The chief of sales and marketing at Microsoft India is an economics graduate from St Stephen’s College, and an MBA from FMS. When at HCL, her home for 14 years, she was single-handedly responsible for slashing PC prices in India to Rs 20,000. In the 1980s, when PCs weren’t retailed, Dhawan, who is known for her never-saydie attitude, introduced the idea of paying for PCs in installments, making them affordable. Dhawan, who has also worked with IBM, handled the merger of Compaq with HP in India. Signature Style: “I am people-centric. I try to understand their concerns. I play to their strengths rather than harp on their weaknesses.” Significant Others: Husband Atul Dhawan is a partner at professional service provider Deloitte Haskins & Sells. Elder daughter Naina,18, is pursuing an undergraduate course at Syracuse University, New York, and younger daughter Nupur,15, is in school.A Typical Day: Starts with walking the dog, a golden labrador, followed by conference calls. She then sends her daughter to school before getting to office, and heads back home by 7 p.m. She solves the newspaper crossword with her mother-in-law and spends quality time with her family.Balancing Act: “Good time management and the ability to prioritise are imperative. I decide what needs focus at a particular point and give it my complete attention.” Legal ValouradvertisementPinky AnandLawyer, 49Role Call: From arguing for the French Government in the Clemenceau case to battling for BJP leader Arjun Munda to be made chief minister of Jharkhand, this Harvard graduate is a Supreme Court lawyer who does not shy away from controversy, whether it be in constitutional, corporate or civil matters.Significant Others: Husband Devendra Goburdhun is a lawyer. Their daughter Gauri is 13, and already a state-level basketball player.If She Was a Man: “It wouldn’t make any difference except that my husband wouldn’t have to pick me up from the airport at night.” A Typical Day : The late riser spends her day attending to court matters and meetings with clients. After-work hours are packed with conferences, lectures in law schools and seminars. She makes time for a yoga session thrice a week and occasionally, for golf. The one thing she doesn’t miss is the family dinner.Character Trait: Her forthright nature, and decisive views on all subjects. A sports buff, she has tried her hand at everything from hockey to table tennis.Worst Cliche She Has Heard About Being a Woman: “That I am too aggressive a lawyer. When was law meant to be mild, I want to know.”advertisement Pillar of Strength Amita Baig Heritage Conservationist, 55Role Call: A consultant to the New York-based World Monument’s Fund since 1999, she is devoted to preserving the past, whether it is the restoration of the 12th century Jaisalmer Fort or the 312-year-old Church of St Anne in Goa. A student of political science, she decided to join the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage in 1984 after watching its inauguration ceremony on TV. The freelance management consultant is best known for her association with the Taj Mahal conservation project, restoring the Gaiety Theatre in Shimla and the historic Jewish Synagogue in Cochin.Balancing Act: “Women are born multitaskers, and technology helps them strike a good work-life balance.”Significant Other: Husband Khalid Baig, an engineering consultant.Worst Cliche She Has Heard About Being a Woman: “That working women are unprofessional, and therefore, not competitive.”If She Was a Man: She would respect the strength of a woman. Money MagicianManisha GirotraMD, UBS India, 37Role Call: The country head of the Union Bank of Switzerland wears her deal-making honours lightly. After all, not everyone can boast of a $25-billion weekend like she had earlier this year when Vodafone acquired Hutch and the Aditya Birla Group picked up Novelis. And to think all Girotra ever wanted to do during her years at Loreto Convent, Shimla, and then at St Stephen’s Delhi, was to teach economics. Armed with a gold medal from the Delhi School of Economics, she started her career with the erstwhile ANZ Grindlays. She now manages a 1,000-strong staff and $1.5 billion in investments.Significant Others: Husband Sanjay Agarwal, who heads Deutsche Bank’s investment banking division, and four-year-old daughter Tara.A Typical Day: Kicks off at 6.30 a.m. with conference calls, followed by meetings with clients. When she is in town, she drops her daughter to school. Evenings are time for family, during which there’s no shop talk. The day ends with watching news and an hour of e-mails. If She Was a Man: “What we need is a change in mindset that gets people to look at women’s jobs more seriously.” Sure Shot Dayanita Singh Photographer, 45Role Call: With five solo exhibitions in India this year, she is easily the country’s most widely acknowledged art photographer. At a time when few photographers dared to work beyond documentary or news photography, Singh branched out to pursue whimsical subjects like families, chairs and beds. She has carved her distinctive path quite irrespective of what may be ‘trendy’. Invariably, though, her works have set off fashions be it the interest in eunuchs or the family. Her recent opus includes chairs and industrial sites. Her uniqueness lies in focusing on the ubiquitous and mundane yet bringing a sense of personal intimacy.Significant Other: Her mother, who once told her, “Have as many lovers as you like but don’t ever feel pressured to marry.” Fittingly, she allowed her to trade her dowry for a course at the International Centre of Photography in New York.Signature Style: Square black and white prints shot from her Hassel blad camera.Darkest Moment As a Woman: In 1987, after having turned every possible course at the National Institute of Design into photographic learning, and publishing a book on Zakir Hussain, when she walked into a media office wanting to apprentice at the photo department. She was told that as a woman her true creativity lay in “experiencing motherhood”. “I can never forget those words,” she says, adding, “those very words freed me.” She chose to go freelance and the world is her canvas today.If She Was a Man: “Temperamentally, I would have been exactly the way I am now.” Positive ActionAnjali GopalanAIDS, Activists, 49Role Call: Trained as a journalist, she was one of the first to work in the area of HIV/AIDS in India. Having founded the Naz Foundation in 1994 with a few likeminded friends, she ventured out among professional sex workers, the transgender community and men-who-have-sex-with men to spread the gospel of safe sex, sexual awareness and counselling. Apart from being at the forefront of AIDS advocacy, she also runs a privately funded care home for 32 children and five women living with HIV.Significant Other: The love of her life, her Great Dane Brutus.A Typical Day: Is spent feeding the dogs, gardening and meeting children in the care home. She likes having people over for dinner. “I love to cook, but I admit I am a moody chef,” she says. Balancing Act: “My work is an extension of me, my life, and everything I do. Balancing it feels natural.” Worst Cliche She Has Heard About Being a Woman: Too many ‘You’re as good and strong as any man we have known’, or sometimes ‘We never think of you as a woman’, and worse, ‘You’re so powerful we forget you’re a woman’.Darkest Moments As a Woman: The death of her brother and then her husband.”Those were dark moments for me as a human being, not just as a woman.” A Cut Above Monisha JaiSing Fashion Designer, 41Role Call: In a fashion designing career spanning 18 years, nothing has brought Jaising more glory than her history-making kurti. Twisting the traditional kurta into a shorter, spunkier version in 2000, Jaising spawned an entire industry of Indo-western wear. But before she cut into mainstream fashion, she designed children’s wear for Oilily, UK, right after she graduated from the American College of Applied Arts in London in 1989. Infusing a little bit of India in her designs, her creations have acquired a global vision.Significant Others: Husband Ravi Jaising, 41, is in the shipping industry. Their two sons, Yudhishthir, 12, and Karan, nine, are national level swimming champions.If She Was A Man: “I would make sure that I respect all the women in my life my mother, daughter, wife, sister and friends.”Worst Cliche She Has Ever Heard About Being a Woman: “You are a woman, so you are just emotional with all your hormones pumping.” Or, “Well, there’s a woman behind the wheels so what do you expect, huh?”Balancing Act: “We are biologically programmed to achieve a lot more. Not merely balance work and family but also manage to excel at both.” Peace CoreSeema Dhundia Commandant, CRPF, 40Role Call: She is the contingent commander of the UN’s first all-woman police force responsible for maintaining law and order in the West African nation of Liberia. For the CRPF officer with 20 years of policing conflict zones, from Jammu and Kashmir to India’s North-East, it is a challenge she is accustomed to. The youngest child of an Army Service Corps civilian officer from Haryana, one of her platoons also serves as the security detail to Liberia’s first woman president, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.Significant Other: Husband Sanjeev is a CRPF commandant in Delhi deputed to the National Security Guard.A Typical Day : Begins at 6 a.m. with a PT drill and continues late into the night when she has to coordinate patrols of her platoons around Monrovia.Worst Cliche She Has Ever Heard About Being a Woman: “Half the things are automatically done for a pretty woman.”Balancing Act: “I manage by keeping my sense of humour alive.” Seal Of Authority Rekha Seal Ethics Counsellor , Tata Steel , 57Role Call: She monitors the ethics compliance programme at Tata Steel the world’s fifth largest steel producer counselling and advising employees at all levels. The electrical engineer from Banaras Hindu University was Tata Steel’s first woman trainee. Seal worked as engineer and project manager before becoming ethics counsellor in 2002, which has assumed special significance with Ratan Tata on an acquisition spree. She was the key to aligning the ethics policy of NatSteel Asia, which Tata Steel acquired in February 2005. And she is equally involved in the Thai company Millennium Steel, which Tata snapped up in December 2005. Under her leadership, Tata Steel became the first company in the Tata Group to implement a whistleblower policy.Significant Other: Husband, Swapan Seal, 57, who is a metallurgist and former Tata Steel executive.A Typical Day: Is spent meeting employees and contractors and counselling them.Worst Cliche She Has Heard About Being a Woman: After my boss retired, I was asked, will you be able to handle this job? Then I remembered a quote by Bella Abzug: the test for whether you can hold a job should not be the arrangement of your chromosomes.Balancing Act: “Women managers are managers who happen to be women.” On A Higher Scale Bombay Jay Ashri Singer, 41Role Call: From singing fusion with Egyptian singer Hisham Abbas, to playback for films, to co-authoring a book, Voices Within, with vocalist T.M. Krishna, she is the new, articulate voice of Carnatic music. Trained by violin maestro Lalgudi Jayaraman and mother T.R. Balamani, she has gone beyond the concert format by composing for dance performances and documentaries. She has sung for music directors Ilayaraja, M.S. Vishwanathan, A.R. Rahman, Shankar Mahadevan and Harris Jayraj.and balanced that with classical performances at Durban’s Opera House and the Russian Opera House in Helsinki, Finland.Significant Others: Husband V.P. Ramnath, a chartered accountant, and nine-year-old son Amrit.A Typical Day: Music dominates her day, be it listening, learning, teaching, performing or recording.If She Was a Man: “Thank God I am a woman and I will always want to be one forever.”Signature Style: Diamond studs and bright Kanjeevaram silk saris. Balancing Act:”Music is my passion and profession. Everyone understands that and just lets me be.” Rooted to Left C.S.Sujhata CPI(M) MP, 41Role Call: Having defeated Congress heavyweight Ramesh Chennithala to win the Mavelikara seat from Kerala in her first Lok Sabha election, she takes her job seriously. Her record at the grassroots has been impeccable. in 2000, her panchayat was judged the best in Kerala for the development projects it undertook. The CPI(M) MP has been raising women’s issues in Parliament, ranging from child marriage to the Women’s Reservation Bill, the Hindu Succession Act amendment, to support for the girl child.Significant Others: Husband Baby G is a law graduate and an inspector on the state Cashew Board. Her daughter Kartika, 15, is in school.Balancing Act: “No one can understand a woman’s plight better than another woman. We find strength from one another.”If She Was a Man “I’d be more supportive of women. I would help them in crowded buses and be chivalrous.”Best Thing About Being a Woman: “We are less corrupt and more sincere.” Dramatic Persona Amal Allana Chairperson, NSD, 59Role Call: Her latest production, Nati Binodini, based on the life of Bengali actor Binodini a courtesan who went to become a theatre actor in the early 20th century premiered recently. Emotionally attached to the National School of Drama, the institute that blossomed under her father, Ebrahim Alkazi, she has never hesitated in experimenting in her career spanning over 35 years. Be it Himmat Mayi, a Hindi version of Bertolt Brecht’s play, or Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Innocent Erendira, the director, who is inspired by Tyeb Mehta and Anupam Sood, has always combined realism with contemporary aesthetics. “Theatre is a sacred space where truths can still be told. It needs to be fiercely guarded,” she says. If She Was a Man: “It’s a frightening thought. I’ve always enjoyed a great deal of freedom.” Significant Others: Husband Nissar Allana is a stage and lighting designer and medical practitioner. Daughter Zuleikha Chaudhary is a director.Balancing Act: “I’ve been maintaining a diary for the last 20 years, in which I note down, early in the morning, everything I have to do from the calls I have to make to the food that has to be cooked at home,” she says.Cat CallVidya AthreyaWildlife Scientists, 39Role Call: The scientist from the Wildlife Institute of India has introduced a system of micro-chipping leopards in western Maharashtra, which makes it possible for her team to track them at all times and understand the threats they face. Having worked on the Lion Reintroduction Project and the Clouded Leopard Survey in the north-east, she now concentrates on providing medical aid to injured wild cats and educating people.Significant Others: Husband Ramana Athreya, an astronomer, and their six-year-old daughter Aarushi.A Typical Day: Starts at 7 a.m. and is spent studying leopard problems, while also being mother, wife and gardener.Balancing Act: She has avoided too much field work, but plans to resume her outdoor tours from June this year.If She Was a Man: “I would probably have to fight a little less with a lot of people.”Tech TonicPriti JaY RaoSenior VP, Infosys, 46Role call: Head of Infosys, Pune, the company’s largest office outside Bangalore with 12,000 employees, she has been part of several start-up teams at the IT giant. The Computer Society of India IT Woman of the Year for 2002 studied computer science at IIT, Mumbai, after which she worked with Larsen & Toubro till 1997.Significant Others: Husband Jay, 51, an engineer and management professional, who now runs a pre-school. Their daughter Pooja, 21, has just completed her MBBS.Balancing Act: “Prioritise, enjoy what you do, build a team you can trust, and don’t feel guilty about not being able to do what other homemakers can.”A Typical Day: She gets up at 5.30 a.m., does yoga and has breakfast with her family. She leaves for work by 8 a.m. After replying to e-mails, she attends to conference calls, customer visits and review proposals. She also tries to catch up on some surfing and reads some of her favourite websites. She is usually home by 6.30 p.m., after which she watches television for a while.If She Was a Man: “I would have been an air force pilot. This was my dream as a child.”Signature Style: Comfortable in both Indian and western formals, she likes pastel shades.Write ChoiceBaby HalderWriter and Domestic Help, 33Role Call: She is a domestic with the write stuff. Abandoning an abusive husband, she came to Delhi in 1999 looking for a job. She found one with Prabodh Kumar, an academic. She also found herself reading Taslima Nasreen and Ashapurna Devi, and soon, penning a book. Aalo Aandhari (translated into English, with the title A Life Less Ordinary) is her story: poignant and true. Of how she was married at an early age to an irresponsible man, and of her struggles as a mother of three. Brought up in Murshidabad, Halder, who was forced to give up school after Class VII, continues to work as housekeeper, but has employed a helper to lend her a hand. Clearly, it helps. Her second book, also drawn from her own life, is on its way.Significant Others: Her eldest son, Subodh, 20, lives separately, but often comes to meet her. Her two younger children study in a government school. Tapas,14, is a little Taekwando master and wants to be a pilot, while Peeya, 11, loves painting and dreams of being a doctor.A Typical Day : Starts at 5 a.m., when she takes the dog out for a walk. The rest of the day is spent cooking, reading and writing.Is She Was a Man: “I would have treated my family, my wife and my children, with respect.”Balancing Act: “I have to make time for everything. My children understand and don’t trouble me.”The NetWorkerRevathi KasturiMD, Noveel Asia West, 47Role Call: Her core responsibility is to strengthen Novell a software company specialising in network operating systems in the Asean region. Her biggest challenge is to sell open source software, free from licensing fees, and services related to it. The IIT Mumbai graduate has worked with Tata Burroughs now part of TCS and Wipro. In 1999, she started her own IT services company called Tarang Software Technologies, which focused on e-learning and had 300 employees.Significant Others: Mother Lakshmi and daughter Anandi, 16, the disciplinarian in the family.A Typical Day : Starts at the gym, followed by meetings and conference calls. The after-dinner news with the family is a must, after which she retires with a book.Best Thing About Being a Woman: “Women must use visibility to raise uncomfortable issues in public forums,” she says.If She Was a Man: “I would take a deserted street without any fear.”The ProtectorSunitha KrishnanActivist, 35Role Call: Sexually assaulted at 16, while doing community work in a village outside Bangalore, Krishnan now helps rehabilitate victims of trafficking by teaching them occupational and life skills. With the help of her NGO Prajwala, she has rescued 3,000 women from brothels so far. She runs a boarding school for HIV-positive children.Best Thing About Being a Woman: “There is no question of a man or woman being better or less. I am proud of what I am.”Significant Other: Filmmaker Rajesh Touchriver, 35, whom she married last year. He has made a documentary, Anamika, on the lives of victims of sex trafficking.A Typical Day: Involves raising funds and interacting with the police for rescue operations.Birth RightDuru ShahGynaecologists, 57Role Call: In a 26-year-old practice, she has delivered 5,000 babies, but as president of the Federation of Obstetric & Gynaecological Societies of India she has extended her involvement in the field to develop maternal health care and reduce mortality rates in rural India-most recently by adopting six villages in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.Significant Others: Husband Sushil Shah, a doctor and head of a chain of diagnostic centres in Mumbai, and daughters Aparna, 29, and Ameera, 26.A Typical Day: Starts at 6 a.m. with an hour-long workout. “I spend about 15-20 minutes in the morning chatting with my husband because that’s the only time we get together,” she says. The rest of her day is mostly work-oriented.Darkest Moment As a Woman: “When people come to me requesting sex determination tests and abortions in case of a female child,” she says.If She Was a Man: “As a child I wished I was a boy, but now I am proud to be a woman.”Maiden OverJulan GoswamiCricketer, 24Role Call: At 120 kmph, she is the fastest female bowler in the world, in addition to being the vice-captain of the Indian women’s cricket team. One of the chief architects of India’s Test win over England last year the first time India scored such a victory she is the second Indian, after Anil Kumble, to take 10 wickets on English soil. It was an India-Sri Lanka semifinal match at Eden Gardens during the World Cup in 1999 that made her take up cricket as a profession. Sitting in the middle of one lakh fans, she realised cricket was more than a game in India.Significant Others: Her parents Nisith and Jharna Goswami, with whom she lives in Chakda, in West Bengal’s Nadia district, and her coach, Swapan Sadhu, who’s been training her for over a decade now.A Typical Day : When she’s not playing matches, she gets up at 4.30 a.m. and takes the 5 o’clock train to Kolkata, where she trains at Vivekananda Park. She also works for Air India and attends office whenever she can. Evenings are either spent in adda with friends or in front of the television set.Darkest Moment as a Woman: “When, as a little girl, I asked the boys in the neighbourhood if I could play with them. They said women can’t bowl.” She now bowls faster than many bowlers in Team India.Balancing Act: “Music helps me relax, especially Rabindra Sangeet and Kishore Kumar’s songs.”Rights NoiseJasmeen PathejaPhotographer, 27Role Call: A designer and photographer by profession and an activist by choice, Patheja, who is originally from Punjab, but was mostly brought up in Kolkata, heads a nationwide agitation against sexual harassment called Blank Noise. A graduate of fine arts from the Shrishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore, she believes in creative protests, and has helped spread the movement to over six cities in India.Significant Others: Her parents, from a business background, live in Kolkata. For inspiration, Patheja relies on artistactivists like the Guerrilla Girls, a group of creative women who wear guerilla masks, take on the names of dead women artists and focus on issues.Signature Style: “”Whenever I am harassed on the streets, I retaliate by taking photographs of the perpetrator.”A Typical Day: Involves monitoring the progress of activists in six different cities across the country. Verse WiseKanimozhi KarunanidhiSocial Activitist, 39Role Call: This articulate daughter of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi is fast being perceived as a future leader. The DMK’s answer to bete noire J. Jayalalithaa, a cultural activist and a poet, Kanimozhi has given Tamil society a new impetus by organising the Chennai Sangamam, a festival of the city’s art, music and dance, that evokes the classical Sangam era of Tamil arts and poetry. Transcending party lines, she has joined hands with Union Finance Minister’s son Karthi Chidambaram to form Karuthu, a forum that espouses freedom of expression. Tipped to join the Rajya Sabha this year, she is closely associated with several social groups in the state.Significant Other: Her seven-year-old son Aadhithyan, who she says has given a new purpose to her life.A Typical Day : Her day begins at 6:30 a.m., but there’s nothing fixed about her schedule.If She Was a Man: “I would have longed to be a woman.”Role PlayerSmriti Z. IraniTV Actor and Producer, 30Role Call: The former Miss India 1998 finalist has been playing ideal wife, mother, mother-inlaw and grandmother one hour every weekday on satellite television for seven years. With a fledgling career in the BJP and a company, Ugraya Productions, that now produces soaps the aborted Thodi Si Zameen Thoda Sa Aasmaan, and the newly-launched Viruddh the eldest of a Delhi businessman’s three daughters is the face of soap operatic India.Significant Others: Shortly after Kyunki went on air in 2000, Irani then Malhotra got married to Mumbai businessman and childhood friend Zubin. Irani has a five-year-old son, Zohr, and a three year-old daughter, Zoish. She also has a step-daughter, Shanelle, from Zubin’s first marriage with model coordinator Mona.A Typical Day: Irani’s day starts at 5.30 a.m. and stretches on till well past midnight. After sending the children to school, she heads for shoots, comes home for lunch, returns to the sets, attends script reading sessions and heads to the studios for dubbing, while keeping tabs on what’s cooking at home and whether the laundry has been delivered.Balancing Act: “I manage to juggle things as I have no social life whatsoever.”Brand ConsciousJessy PaulCMO, Wipro, 37Role Call: As the chief marketing officer of Wipro Technologies, her primary task is to build the brand in the world’s largest market for IT services and BPO North America and Europe. This engineer from REC Trichy and MBA from IIM Calcutta is responsible for the positioning of the company overseas. So if it’s a Bollywood theme party for the World Economic Forum at Davos, it can also be handling the company’s residential customer forum.Significant Other: Husband Aniruddha, her classmate from B-school, is a technology consultant.Balancing Act: “One has to decide what kind of life one wants. Today the BlackBerry can ensure that you are not tied to your desk,” says Paul, who works out every day and believes in taking weekend breaks and a long annual vacation with her family.Signature Style: Mango pants, Tommy Hilfiger shirts and Harley Davidson boots.Darkest Moment As a Woman:Witnessing women being harassed in public places and buses.If She Was a Man: “I would miss not being part of the minority and the differential treatment that we get.”Fund RaiserKavita HurryMD, INGVYSYA Mutual fund, 45Role Call: The managing director of ING Vysya Mutual Fund and CEO of the private banking division manages assets worth Rs 4,000 crore and sells mutual funds like fast-moving consumer goods. A marketing graduate from the Narsee Monjee Institute for Management Studies, Mumbai, she launched equity mutual fund products, Value Pack and Mahila Nivesh, which allow investors to systematically invest every month in equity funds. Thanks to this, ING has never had to explain losses to its investors. Beginning with the Bank of Credit and Commerce in 1984, where she worked for seven years, she moved on to ANZ Grindlays Bank, where she learnt all the complexities of human resource planning, and finally to ING in 1994.Significant Others: Husband Vivek, COO of a legal outsourcing firm, and their two children, Tanya, 15, and Aditya, 12.If She Was a Man: “Being a woman has not made any difference to my professional life.”A Typical Day: She is up at 6 a.m. to get her children ready for school. Her yoga session starts soon after. At work, most of her time is spent on HR issues. Evenings are spent with family, watching television sitcoms like Friends.Balancing Act: “Though I am a CEO, I am available to my family 24X7. Once a year I take a holiday with my family.”Right MovesPadmini ChetturDancer, 36Role Call: She has redefined traditional Indian dance by going beyond the stated, winning international recognition in the contemporary rhythm movement. From learning Bharatanatyam at an early age, she gradually began experimenting and composing, along with her troupe, memorable works like Wings and Masks, Solo and Brown. She performed at the Goteborg Theatre and Dance Festival in Sweden, but in India, she remains unseen.Significant Other: She is influenced by the late dancer-choreographer Chandralekha, who “opened up the possibility to connect life and dance”.A Typical Day: “I spend six hours a day with my troupe and a year between premieres looking for a new vocabulary.”Balancing Act : The challenge to work day after day with the body sustains her. “The curiosity about what I do sustains my work economically,” she says.Healing BeautyGagandeep KangMedical Researcher, 44Role Call: Part of the faculty at the Christian Medical College, Vellore, she chose to give up clinical medicine for research on diarrhoea (which kills more people in a day than SARS or avian flu ever have) in children. Kang, a.k.a. Cherry, is working with a private company on a solar distillation apparatus for disinfecting water.Significant Other: Husband Mathew Joseph, a neurosurgeon, who is currently on a sabbatical in Bangladesh. Their sons, Arjun, 13, and Tej, 11, love reading and gaming.Darkest Moment As a Woman: A few. “I have had my share of molestations, but I have fought back and pity the men who think violence against women can destroy their spirit.”If She Was a Man: “I would never ever mess with a determined woman.” This year’s women of substance join a distinguished list:CLASS OF 20061. Sushma Singh2. Wahida Prizm3. Vinita Bali4. Asha Bhosle5. Rohini Nilekani6. Priya Dutt7. Padma Ravichander8. Mallika Srinivasan9. Ekta Kapoor10. Sudha Murty11. Belinda Wright12. Roopa Purushothaman13. Roopa Ganguly14. Prema Dhanraj15. Shaista Ambar16. Sonia Manchanda17. Manjula Rao18. Lakshmi Puri19. Meenaxi Chaudhry, UrvashiGulati, Keshni Anand Arora20. Farah Khan21. Leela Samson22. Daggubati Purandareswari23. Sister Sudha Vargheese24. Rashmi Singh25. Sania Mirza26. Ruth Manorama27. Ashu Suyash28. Latika Khaneja29. Anuradha Pal CLASS OF 20051. Kanchan C. Bhattacharya2. Brinda Karat3. Abha Narain Lambah4. Meher Pudumjee5. Rani Mukherji6. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw7. Vandana Luthra8. Priya Paul9. Jaya Row10. K. Ajitha11. Preetha Reddy12. Anuradha Desai13. Joshna Chinappa14. Shubha Mudgal15. Madhavi Puri Buch16. Arundhati Roy17. Amrita Patel18. Mehbooba Mufti19. Sanjna Kapoor20. Shobhana Bhartia21. Sushma Iyengar22. Sujata Keshavan23. Konkana SenSharma24. Jamuna Pai25. Vasundhara Raje26. Zia Mody27. Radhika Roy28. Kumari Selja29. Dhananjaya Saranath30. Pratiba Naitthani