Telling stories, touching lives
Multifaceted and hugely talented, script writer, lyricist journalist and radio presenter Neelesh Misra of Yaadon ka Idiot Box fame has emerged as a front runner in every field he has forayed into
Nonika Singh

Blackberry shayar or Pied Piper of radio… .call him by whatever name, Neelesh Misra remains the man who understands the pulse of India. The master story teller, who has enthralled millions with his unique radio programme Yaad Shehr, has earned for himself a permanent place in the memoryscape of his listeners that cut across all age groups. Yet the man who has reinvented the whole tradition of story telling credits the stupendous success of his programme to his listeners, the social media and above all to what it does to people.

 In Chandigarh for the Festival of Letters organised by Chandigarh Sahitya Akademi, he says, “When I started out I had no idea how the concept would go as we had no reference points.” Yet the programme that touched a nerve people didn’t even know existed, got 5.5 million responses on the Facebook itself within three months that too mainly from listeners aged between 13 to 24 years. He quips, “There goes the presumptuous assumption that the youth of today are only interested in the frivolous.” As he has been travelling the length and breadth of India, he has realised the youth of today see the world through a different prism. And it’s this modern India that is changing fast, where seven out of 10 Indians have left home, where many of them feel the pinch of loneliness that is his subject. Indeed, most of what he tells he has experienced, heard or observed. “To be a good writer you need to be a good listener and observer,” he believes. 

Being a journalist has helped too, more so to think and write visually. Besides he deems, “As journalists we are privy to a world which others don’t have access to.” So what prompted him to take a hiatus from active journalism? He replies, “For over a decade I was an outsider in Bollywood, writing songs from my Blackberry from distant destinations. Today I am one in journalism.”  Looking “in” at the world, he asserts, is a far better vantage point. And right now sharing his perspective are budding writers who meet at his home in Mumbai every Monday.  He felt the need for this Monday Mandali for, “In India there is no mentoring in creative arts.” And the first and the foremost rule he expects the young aspiring writers he is training to follow is, “We are socially conscious commentators. We will not ridicule anyone nor discriminate on the basis of caste, creed or religion. Our stories must have a message.”

So how does he reconcile the meaningful purpose of his role as a raconteur with his foray in Bollywood? And the lyricist of over 30 films who has just penned a Mujra song, is ready to write for Jism 2 and has written scripts too. He explains his presence in Bollywood thus, “In the commerce driven world of cinema I try to write concept based songs.” So even in a Mujra song for Agent Vinod there is a thought not just inane tukbandi. Is writing songs, as he has often proclaimed, his first love? He says, “I always wanted to do many things. But be it journalism, song writing or turning dead research into books I am compelled to tell stories.” Even when he goes to deliver a talk on his book The Absent State he turns it around into a story telling session. His biggest grudge against journalism today is, “The moment the narrative begins to tell stories, we relegate it to the category of features.”

No wonder, he feels that as journalists we fail to touch people’s lives. How he affects people is evident from not only the way fans swarm him but also how in a small town in India an old woman on her death bed has begin to include him as part of the family in her morning prayers. Misty eyed he questions, “What can be more humbling than this?” So as he is all set for the new season of his radio show, it’s this love that scares him. Perhaps like Bajrang Bali, he needs a Jamwan to remind him of his strengths. Or may be not.

For the millions that tune into his programme, whom he understands better than they know themselves, are his biggest strength. As he lends voice to their aspirations, dreams and dilemmas, he becomes them and they his USP.


Facebook can produce “natural highs” in many people, lowering levels of anxiety and stress, according to mental health experts. Until now the popular social networking site has been blamed for all manner of ills - bullying, depression and antisocial behaviour.

But scientists have now discovered that logging on to the site is like attending an online party. The Italian study monitored 30 regular Facebook users’ physical reactions, such as their pupil dilation, blood flow and breathing, while they were on the site and concluded it made them more healthy, “joyful” and “intellectually aroused”.

Melbourne psychologist Dr Simon Crisp said using Facebook provided an interesting social challenge for its users. “It is like an online party, and the more it gets closer to that type of interaction, the greater the engagement is likely to be and therefore the greater the enjoyment for people,” said Dr Crisp. — ANI 

Same pinch, no please!
Is it a big a deal if celebrities wear same outfits or accessories at an event or for that matter, having the same kind of wardrobe items? We check it out for you.
Sabia Talwar

Amisha Patel again is caught red handed wearing a dress like Bipasha Basu If you leave out wardrobe malfunction, then this is the worst thing that can happen to a celebrity at a red carpet event. To begin with, female actors pick up top-of-the-line designer labels, go for their ultra-chic designs, carefully choose accessories and then two of them accidentally end up sporting the same design! A fashion faux pas they can’t help. After all, they can’t be expected to cross-check with each other who is wearing what to the event.

If that was possible, Bipasha Basu wouldn’t have worn the same Ramona Narang’s creation as Amisha Patel last year at IIFA in Toronto. Amisha’s bad luck just didn’t end there. She and Deepika Padukone were spotted carrying similar animal print clutches very recently at Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia D’Souza’s pre-wedding bash. Last year, Mallika Sherawat wore the same dress for the promotion of the movie Double Dhamaal as Sushmita Sen wore for ‘I Am She’ contest.

Fashion flaws make headlines whenever they happen. But how big a deal it is if two fashion divas unknowingly sport exorbitantly priced similar creations to an important event? The high end brands of clothing, footwear or accessories bring out their collection in various sizes, which means there is no exclusivity, which in turn means more than one person is buying them. That means there are more chances of fashion bloopers. Says Mandira Virk, a well-known fashion designer, “Personally, if I design something for a particular celebrity I make it a point not to repeat it for another one, as celebrities don’t like to have the same outfits. It surely is embarrassing and gets awkward in such a situation, but one can act a little smart by teaming them up with different elements,” adds Mandira.

Considering the fact that certain fashion designers are a favourite with Bollywood heroines, such incidents are bound to happen. Says Aanchal Kumar, a model and actor, “Brands all around the world do mass productions and no one as such hires personal designers. Wearing the same dress on same parties can turn out to be embarrassing but then what can you do about it. It cannot be taken as a fashion faux pas.”

And then it’s not only Bollywood where it happens, Hollywood has seen this as well. Olivia Wilde, Paris Hilton and Stephanie Pratt wore the same black and white striped French Connection creation at different events but with different silhouettes. Thank God!

We wonder if only women are skeptical of wearing same stuff or even men are bothered. “It hardly matters if I end up wearing the same suit, tie or some casual wear similar to someone else’s. I think women create more fuss about this,” says actor Ashmit Patel. “Invariably everyone has his or her own taste and a style of how you carry things. For instance, I can purchase something from a flea market and sport it as a designer wear,” adds Ashmit. So if sometime, you end up in the same situation, act smart.

Deepika Padukone and Amisha Patel flaunt the same clutch at Riteish Deshmukh’s pre-wedding bash, Mallika Sherawat and Sushmita Sen wearing the same outfit in different hues
Deepika Padukone and Amisha Patel flaunt the same clutch at Riteish Deshmukh’s pre-wedding bash, Mallika Sherawat and Sushmita Sen wearing the same outfit in different hues

Gyan Zone
In political circles
S Nihal Singh’s book, Ink In My Veins is an account of his experiences with the Indian politics
Vasudha Gupta

There is nothing that makes for an interesting read than the work of a veteran journalist. S Nihal Singh’s book, Ink In My Veins (Hay House) focuses on his encounters with political happenings during his profound career.

In Chandigarh to talk about his book, the journalist spoke about how the face of journalism has undergone a change and his experiences along side. Considering his body of work, including various times a parliamentary, political, foreign correspondent and as an editor, there is every reason for him to share his story.

“The process of putting my thoughts together began purely out of memories,” he shares. The book refers to several recent political developments, which continue to still simmer in the Indian political system. “The idea was to talk about everything, from the times of Nehru to the current era of Manmohan Singh,” he says. Having witnessed the emergency, as the editor of a reputed newspaper, Nihal Singh feels that the incident was a shameful act. Talking about Pandit Nehru, he says, “I always hold him in high esteem. He was a romantic figure and responsible for building India.” Having escaped the parental pressure to take the Civil Services exams, Nihal is proud that he chose to become a journalist, which took his sojourns far and wide.

Having witnessed several toils and turmoil’s in the International political scenario, he does feel that the current stage of journalism is more reflective of objectivity and lesser towards attachments with subjects and people. The journalist does not shy away from pointing out the flaws of the system as well. “The concept of paid news will spell doom for objectivity in the media sector. Though visually, we are producing better products, ad spaces eating into the news section are the biggest hurdle,” he shares.

Nihals previous publications include The Yogi and the Bear: A Story of Indo-Soviet Relations ; Indira’s India ; The Gang and 900 Million: A China Diary ; I Discover America ; Indian Days, Indian Nights (a novel); and Blood and Sand: The West Asian Tragedy. “I am glad I lived the life of a foreign correspondent without joining them,” he laughs.

Better off as fairer sex

Men with a healthier skin colour are more attractive to women than those with a masculine face, a new study has claimed. For the study, researchers used photographs of 34 Caucasian and 41 black African men's faces in controlled conditions to measure the skin colour of their faces.

It revealed that women found men more attractive if they had a more "golden" colour skin. Ian Stephen, the study leader from the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, used a new computer technique to measure mathematically how masculine faces are.

"The attractive colour in our face is affected by our health especially by the amount of colourful antioxidant carotenoid pigments we get from fruit and vegetables in our diet," a publication quoted Stephen as saying.

"They are thought to be good for our immune and reproductive systems, making us healthy and increasing fertility. The masculinity of the face had no effect on the attractiveness of the face," he said. According to Stephen, when humans find a member of the opposite sex attractive their brains are telling them they are an appropriate mate. In evolutionary terms, people who are recognised as healthy fertile mates will be more successful at having offspring. Stephen also believes eating your five a day will make you look better than a tan would.

"Most people think the best way to improve skin colour is to get a suntan, but our research shows that eating lots of fruit and vegetables is actually more effective. Our study shows that being healthy may be the best way for men to look attractive.” "We know that you can achieve a more healthy looking skin colour by eating more fruit and vegetables, so that would be a good start," he added. —ANI

Dress like a man

Every person has a sense of style in his own right. Yet there are only a few who’d attract the second glances, who have the power to make the camera go zoom on them. It could be tousled hair, it could be torn jeans. Our this week’s face in the crowd, Sukhdeep Singh, 26, businessman cum model believes in understated elegance.

Your sense of style is… 

I believe in the school of dressing up rather than dressing down. A man should look his best at all the times while reflecting his true individuality in clothes.

Latest addition in the wardrobe…

A pair of Calvin Klein jeans

Brand freak or street smart?

I don’t believe in any of the hard core theories. It’s an intelligent mix and match of both that works the best when it comes to dressing up.                                                                      

Choose one: Sporty, Glamorous or Chic

Glamorous is the look I go by, most of the times. It works well and brings out the best in you.

My style icon …

That would be Saif Ali Khan… He dresses up the way a man should and also carries himself well.

Who’s the worst dressed celebrity around?

It would have to be Govinda in Bollywood. His style needs some working upon and I wish I could even do something about our very own celebrities in the Punjabi film industry too.

One fashion trend you don’t understand…

Boot cut jeans and even bell bottoms. I mean do they make sense?

Your take on accessories

Accessories can do wonders but only if used the right way. If not, at the same time they can also lead to disasters.

One thing that boosts your confidence

It is compliments from the chosen ones and family and friends go a long way in boosting your confidence.

I would love to be dressed up by….

Giorgio Armani.

(As told to Manpriya Singh)

(If you think you too fit the profile, get in touch with us at

We’ll sift the best from the rest)

Mind over heart

Ahead of Valentine's Day, a new study has claimed that intense romantic feelings actually come from your brain, not from the heart. Researchers at the State University of New York found that it is the brain, not the heart, which plays a major role in falling in love. In one small study, the researchers looked at magnetic resonance images of the brains of 10 women and seven men who claimed to be deeply in love. The length of their relationships ranged from one month to less than two years. Participants were shown photographs of their beloved, and photos of a similar-looking person. The brains of the smitten participants reacted to photos of their sweethearts, producing emotional responses in the same parts of the brain normally involved with motivation and reward.

"Intense passionate love uses the same system in the brain that gets activated when a person is addicted to drugs," said study co-author Arthur Aron, a psychologist at the State University. In other words, you start to crave the person you're in love with like a drug, the researchers said. Experts have said that romantic love is one of the most powerful emotions a person can have. Humans' brains have been wired to choose a mate, and we humans become motivated to win over that mate, sometimes going to extremes to get their attention and affection. "You can feel happy when you're in love, but you can also feel anxious," said co-author, Lucy Brown, a neuroscientist at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. "The other person becomes a goal in life," essentially, a prize. Brown said that the reward part of the brain, also dubbed the pleasure center, is an essential part of the brain needed to survive. "It helps us recognise when something feels good," she added. — PTI

Master Chef
Bitterly sweet
Geeta Bector

Caramels have always been a favourite with the foodies as it adds the right amount of sweetness and bitterness. Mostly we go in for the caramel custard. But these days, ready sauces available in the market, one can cook delectable desserts in a jiffy. 

Caramel delight Ingredients

n Vanilla sponge:   450 gm

n Sugar syrup: 150 ml

n Non-diary whipped topping: 200 gm

n Caramel sauce (for layering): 100 gm

n Caramel sauce: 100 gm (for topping)

n Butterscotch nuts: 100 gm

n Dark chocolate and white chocolate for garnishing.


Cut the sponge into three layers. Place the bottom layer first on the base. Sprinkle sugar syrup on the sponge, apply whipped cream on it. Put 50 gm caramel sauce on it and spread nicely, make sure that the fruit spread is spread nicely and properly. Now place the second layer and repeat the above procedure. Place the final layer, sprinkle sugar syrup and cover the cake completely with whipped cream, which means ice the cake properly, so that the sponge is completely covered under the cream. Pour caramel sauce nicely on top of the cake to cover it completely. Garnish the cake with some chocolate garnishes and butterscotch nuts on the sides.

(Bector is VP, R&D Department at Mrs Bector's Food Specialties)

Stress Buster
Play time...
renee singh

''Life is a game if we play by the rules.'' Fun and games in life are really very important and if we live by these standards we can avoid stress totally.

Of course as we all know life is serious business but in order to be able to deal with it we definitely need some fun time for ourselves.

Hobbies are often thought of as activities for people who lead quiet relaxed lives. However people with full stressful lives need hobbies more than the average persons and they benefit greatly from having these hobbies in their lives.

Hobbies bring in a whole bevy of benefits that make them worth indulging in. There is a link between body and mind and when stress begins to build up and put pressure on you, your whole being responds through suffering. You are constantly psychologically battling with various issues. Stress is an individual problem and needs to be handled accordingly. Anxiety control surely needs some emotional and physical relief through easy and exciting methods.

Playing a stress relieving game relaxes you tremendously and is a great way to win over stress.

The trick here to stress reliever games is to find one where you can win easily. You want to feel successful only then do you feel de stressed. Also, after a few wins you'll see all your problems from a newer perspective.

There are many kinds of stress busting games you can play online and offline.

If you have been sitting all day at the computer it is best to take a break from it. Specially with bad internet connections stress can build up. So deal with these easy methods to de stress yourself.

Deck of cards

Play a quick game of Solitaire or just buy a book that offers many card game variations. This can be a simple but great joyful thing to do.

Rubik's cube

Anyone can match up one side of a Rubik's cube. Although trying to solve the whole puzzle could be stressful but a few minutes of matching up one side surely de stresses.

Punch balls

A great stress reliever as it gets something out of your system. It's better than kicking your desk surely.


Take a deep breath, relax and bounce your slinky back and forth, from hand to hand and watch your stress ease away.

Crossword puzzles

Many crosswords include word find, mazes and many pencil puzzles. Tackle these according to your moods and your stress levels.


Whether you are hitting a target or targeting a photo, the physical motion of throwing the dart itself will bring your stress levels down. Dart balls stick to velcro so they will not be hurting anyone.

Playing carom

Simple but easy to play and win…very relaxing


This is another one of those simple games where we de stress completely and just live in the simple bliss of playing the game.

All this may sound like kid stuff but we must turn into kids once in a while to enjoy the simple fun things of life.

Computer games

If you are running windows you already have easy access to a few easy stress reliever games on your PC. Free Call Mine Sweeper Solitaire. These games are great ways to relieve your stress. Many Internet sites offer free timed trial versions. Try these and see what suits your temperament.

Internet flash games

These need a moment to download in your browser window and then you can have some fun with them.

Either ways games are great stress busters. So surprise yourself. Give yourself the winner's edge and feel yourself relax, unwind and enjoy.

(Singh is a Chandigarh based psychotherapist)

Star Track
Cashing on tunes
Bollydude Ganeshan has a total retro theme and is set to hit the screens soon

Deepika Padukone and Ganesh Hegde@@ Deepika is singing none other than the foot tapping Bollydude Ganeshan, sung by the versatile Ganesh Hegde, best known for his choreography of Chhammak Challo from Ra.One. After working with Hrithik Roshan, Katrina Kaif, and Bipasha Basu in his videos, his latest video features Deepika Padukone.

Everyone is in for a treat for the first time ever as you get to see the sultry Deepika in a new avatar. As she takes you through action, drama, comedy and dance in this latest video with Ganesh himself in true filmy style. This video is unique as it takes you back into the retro time. This Dum Maaro Dum girl says, “When Ganesh made me hear the song, I thought it was very catchy. I think I’ve liked almost all the songs in the album but I think Bollydude Ganeshan really takes the prize. I think what is more exciting is the concept with which we’ve shot the video. He wanted something different and we’ve gone with this whole retro feel. I was actually very impressed when I saw the final product because when you shoot with a lot of effects and work you can’t really make out what it’s eventually going to look like but I think he’s really put together something almost like the Austin Powers movies for the first time ever!” Catch the funky video on your television screens soon!



What is wrong in Priyanka’s life?
Priyanka Chopra is finding herself in a sea of controversies. We list a few...

Priyanka Chopra No friends

She recently bumped into a rumoured former beau Shahid Kapoor at the awards in Macau but she ignored him completely. They used to be friends and then had a love-hate relationship and now they don’t even talk to each other.

Link-up rumours

The link-up with SRK has got her into a lot of trouble. It seems Gauri doesn’t like her one bit and she isn’t invited to parties. Even Hrithik left her out of the Agneepath bash. The star wives who are Gauri’s friends don’t talk to her.

Drama queen

There are rumours of Priyanka throwing tantrums on the sets of Barfee and turning up very late for interviews and events. She has even kept her co-stars waiting.

Not again

Priyanka was part of Dostana, a bonafide hit and now Agneepath, a blockbuster. However, Karan Johar is in no mood to sign her for any other of his productions.

Filmy life

Priyanka is currently shooting Barfee and Krishh 2. She has completed Teri Meri Kahaani and has not signed anything new.

On the bright side

Priyanka is focusing on her singing career. She has recorded an album in America and has been signed up by Creative Artists Agency (CAA) which is the biggest celebrity management firm in America and in the world. They handle or have handled the likes of Tom Cruise, Julia Roberts, Gisele Bundchen, Heidi Klum, David Beckham, and others. They handle Frieda Pinto too. Priyanka is their first Bollywood celebrity client.



Love or promotion?

 Sonakshi Sinha and Ranveer Singh Sonakshi Sinha seems to have given into Ranveer Singh’s charms. She had a crush on him and now romance is blooming between them.

After shooting in Dalhousie, they are now shooting in the charming and idyllic locations of West Bengal. In the movie, set in the 1950s, Ranveer Singh plays a man on a treasure hunt and Sonakshi Sinha plays a rich zamindar’s daughter. They have already shot an intimate scene in a studio in Mumbai. In Bengal, they have to walk around trees and looking into each other’s eyes. This is a perfect setting for their romance.

A source informs us that Sona and Ranveer are staying at a hotel which is far from the set. It takes them two hours to reach and gives them privacy to be together, away from the prying eyes. The crew members are staying at another hotel close to the set. Vikramditya Motwane is on a tight schedule to complete the shooting of this film. However, Ranveer Singh wanted a day off on Valentine’s Day and convinced the director to give everyone a day off especially because it is a romantic film. Sona and Ranveer might make their relationship public on Valentine’s Day. Ranveer is spending a lot of time in the gym because he needs to look fit and slim. Sonakshi doesn’t need to workout at all because women were healthy in those times and Sonakshi has that old world charm. So is their romance for real or is simply promotion for their film? We will know for sure but only later on. The movie releases this Diwali. —HRM



Clooney to turn baby sitter

Hollywood superstar George Clooney has offered to babysit Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s six kids if Pitt wins the Best Actor award at the Academy Awards.

50-year-old Clooney, who has earlier said he doesn’t want kids, is up against Pitt for the prestigious accolade and the pair have made a bet with each other on the outcome, reported a website.

If Pitt takes home the award for his role in Moneyball, then Clooney will have to take care of all the kids for the night so he and Jolie can go out. But if Clooney wins, Pitt will work a full day as a deckhand on the actor’s yacht in Italy’s Lake Como. Clooney had previously said seeing Pitt and Jolie with their brood has put him off fatherhood for life.

“Even one kid running around my villa makes me nervous, so I’m definitely not a candidate for father of the year! If I need to surround myself with children and feel like I have this big extended family, I can always call Brad and Angie and ask them to stay with me, just to remind me why I’m so happy without kids,” Clooney said. — PTI



Living it!

Shah Rukh Khan is now endorsing a liquor brand along with Saif Ali Khan. Shah Rukh Khan is known for being larger than life.

Endorsement time: Shah Rukh Khan

On a roll...

Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu has opened to positive reviews and pretty full houses. Karan Johar is on a roll! How great is that!



No dates for Channing...

Channing Tatum Hollywood actor Channing Tatum says he has never been on an official date in his real life. The 31-year-old, who has been married to Jenna Dewan for more than three years, said he went on his very first date in new movie The Vow, reported a website. “Whenever I’ve been on a date it’s always been with someone I already know or that I’ve hung out with anyway. I’ve never walked up to a girl with some cheesy line and asked her on a date. That’s what I would call a proper first date between two people who don’t know each other and I’ve never done that,” Tatum said. — PTI 



Miss fit

Sonam Kapoor Abhay Deol is not doing another film with Sonam Kapoor, which is scheduled to be directed by Rajkumar Santoshi. That is because the film’s schedule and script are not in place and Sonam has not committed either.

No scene: Sonam Kapoor



In memory of…

Jennifer Hudson Singer-actress Jennifer Hudson will pay a fitting tribute to Whitney Houston at the Grammys tonight. Houston, who died on Saturday at the age of 48, was a six-time Grammy Award winner.

Grammy executive producer Ken Ehrlich announced that Hudson will be a part of the dedication that will air during the show tonight, a publication said.

Houston was found dead at the Beverly Hilton here at 4pm, a few hours ahead of the traditional pre-Grammys dinner in the same hotel. “Our plan at this point, I’ve asked Jennifer Hudson to come. We’re really, at this point talking about what she’s going to do, but it will be something respectful,” Ehrlich said.

He added that he had already gone through the script for the telecast and made some changes. “There are some shifts we wanted to make script-wise that probably make it a little more appropriate to what’s happened. It’s not going to be a full-blown tribute, to me that feels like it’s too early, it’s too fresh at this moment,” he said.

The R&B singer was found dead at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday at 3:55 pm. Emergency crews called to the scene tried to resuscitate her in the hotel room on fourth floor.

At a press conference, Police Lt Mark Rosen added that there were “no obvious signs of criminal intent” and that the cause of death was being investigated. She was due to make an appearance at the Clive Davis pre-Grammy gala. Over the span of her career, Houston sold more than 170 million albums, singles and videos, and won two Emmy, six Grammys, and 30 Billboard Music Awards. — PTI

Chatter Box
Aroona Irani's Naagin delayed

IPL has forced Aroona Irani's Naagin Part two to be pushed further. Zee TV was hoping to air the show soon will have to wait till June as they want to start on a good note. The show was to air in December but was pushed and now had to be rescheduled again. Aroona has been working on the show since a year now.



Retired hurt

Mohit Sehgal aka Samrat of Miley Jab Hum Tum injured himself while working out in the gym. He is resting at home, which is boring for the actor. Even his girlfriend Sanaya Irani is busy shooting for her show, Iss Pyar Ko Kya Naam Doon, which means she hardly has time for him.



The chapter closes

Karan Goddwani entered Star Plus' Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon? as Nandkishore  (NK) but now the comic role will come to an end. He will exit the show post Payal and Akash's wedding. The role was appreciated as Karan played the role of foreign returned cousin very well. He also has bagged another show on Colors.



Payal hits back at Karan

It hasn’t been so long since Karan Patel who was a part of the reality-show Survivor, accused Payal Rohatgi of being mentally unstable. 

But when the actress came across this news, she said, “Karan Patel, the so called out of work television actor talks about me having bipolar disorder. If you remember, he was the one to quit survivor show and not me. He told everyone that his nose was bleeding."

She further added, “All I can say is that a flop TV actor who is a chain smoker, alcoholic, and cocaine addict has hallucinations and mental instability, so he thinks others are mad as well. He just wants to come back in news. And trust me; you think survivor world team would let me be a part of the international show if I was on medicines. See I am in the show despite being weak, so guys, actions speaks louder than words.”

She didn’t have anything to say about her film Valentine’s Night releasing this week. “Enjoy mine and Sangram's film Valentine's Night releasing. Guess this is the price I need to pay for having a loser flop TV actor as a contestant on Survivor India,” she signs off.



No more single

Benaf Dadachandji who is presently in ZeeTV’s Choti Bahu isn’t single anymore. We called up the actress asking about her Valentine’s Day plans and she said, “Nothing. I will be working as usual. We have to shoot daily for the show so I won’t have any time to celebrate.”

When we quizzed her if she has bought a gift for her boyfriend, she replied, “Not yet. I don’t really believe in gifts. For me every day is a Valentine’s Day and we shouldn’t just celebrate it one day.” Nonetheless, she’s has finally made the revelation!



Hidden designs

Ace fashion designer made an appearance on Big Switch 3 last week and gave contestants a special task of working at the fashion boutique, AZA. Awed by Lulla’s keen eye for perfection, the brats tried their best to impress Bollywood’s most celebrated designer, as mistakes at this point were a definite no-no. Neeta enjoyed being on the show.

The Year Ahead
Madan Gupta Spatu

If your birthday is February 13...

Your birthday reminds you every year about Valentine’s Day.

Your creativity is operating at full force. This is a lovely time to launch an artistic effort with a team of fellow artists. You'll probably be given the leadership spot. People who are easily discouraged have no place in your organisation. Remarkably, the only thing you have to look is your love of the status quo, and your tendency to sit around waiting for things to happen. Your own advancement may be priority one, but it's crucial to see it in the larger context as March begins. Expect a great deal of personal satisfaction, success and reward. Your enthusiasm and determination will be the key. Those born after 1980 will be satisfied at the way their career is going although will have to face yet another difficult time. Your biggest enemy will be your own shyness.  The atmosphere at home could be harmonious provided you set aside your ego be more flexible and give up a rigid attitude. If you do you are sure to win respect and goodwill of the family. Success is surely on your way. Your intuitions and forecast in the financial situation will prove accurate and you may profit by it. Opportunity should be taken to take up in matters regarding payment for insurance, loans, license fees etc. as delay may cause some problems. Saving, serving or even rescuing a relative is expected. Health issues of elderly ones will make you worried. Those of you, who had been suffering from general weakness and headaches, will find relief in this week. You're in the mood for experimentation, and run from stale and obligatory bonds. Relationships that serve a purpose, while also being exciting and full of vitality, are what you're looking for.

Mood: A bit annoyed until April.

Compatible signs: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn

Lucky colours: Blanched Almond, Black

Lucky days: Friday.

Lucky numbers: 8, 14, 24, 48, 88

Lucky gem: Gomedh 

Lucky Flower: Yellow Rose

Suggestion on Birthday: Offer water, milk and black til on Shivling.

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ARIES: If something is already on your calendar, postpone it for a later date. You will be feeling competent to deal with work that requires creativity. Employment activities are lucrative. Consider options with great care. Tarot message: Don’t do anything at the cost of health. Lucky colour: Forest green. Magic number: 39

TAURUS: You will be in a cheerful mood today. Older people should take care of their health. Do not lend cash to anyone. Cine and theatre artists will have little difficulty gaining the right sort of publicity. Tarot message: Make compromises outside and come to terms within yourself. Lucky colour: Deep red. Magic number: 25

GEMINI: Think about the cost to the family budget next time you spend on entertainment or luxury items. You can plan a profitable business trip. Those interested in modelling will get a suitable break. Focus on meditation and yoga. Tarot message: Lack of confidence can leave you in losses. Lucky colour: Pink. Magic number: 44

CANCER: Household expenses and the mortgage seem to be pretty well covered now. Ignore unpleasant gossips. Do not take an impulsive decision. Youngsters will lead a hectic social life. If you are 50 plus, do not ignore any ailment. Tarot message: Prevent troubles by taking timely action. Lucky colour: Black. Magic number: 55

LEO: Investments such as in property may be possible. A detailed accounting process lets you know what you can afford at the present situation. Shopkeepers may encounter an unruly customer. Tarot message: Be positive and think carefully before taking action. Lucky colour: Purple. Magic number: 64

VIRGO: You may have lost interest in career ambitions and feel faded about future prospects. Students interested in competitive sports may be selected for their teams. You will feel free from any pressure and stress. Tarot message: Do not swing away from the course you have charted so far. Lucky colour: Orange. Magic number: 46

LIBRA: Don’t lose hope whatever the situation maybe. Keep in mind that situations change and lucky breaks can be just around the corner. Try to increase your knowledge. Health may need more care in the evening. Tarot message: Lack of caution can leave you in losses. Lucky colour: Coffee. Magic number: 28

SCORPIO: Take criticism constructively and accept praise graciously. Make the most of this low-key day because there is plenty of work in store for tomorrow. Money problem is likely to be at the fore. Tarot message: Don't make hasty decisions. Lucky colour: Burgundy. Magic number: 61

SAGITTARIUS: Your chivalrous behavior and sentiments flourish and strike the right note with lovers. Pack up your all cares and woes and have a good time. Influential people can be contacted. Tarot message: Don’t waste an opportunity by being rash or impulsive. Lucky colour: Golden Brown. Magic number: 33

CAPRICORN: Arguments are likely to erupt. Career women will be in the lime light. Be a little more tactful and considerate. Businessmen should examine new ideas for making money. Tarot message: Learn from past experience and desist from making a similar mistake again. Lucky colour: Beige. Magic number: 28

AQUARIUS: If you have been feeling house bound arrange an outing with your partner. Loved ones are unlikely to make special demand upon you. You will only get what you pay for. Tarot message: Be articulate to prevent people from making their own conclusions. Lucky colour: Peach. Magic number: 65

PISCES: Show your love to those closes through practical action rather than empty promises. Be careful while signing agreements. Family members may require your assistance. The day will end on fairly optimistic note. Tarot message: Dare to accomplish difficult tasks. Lucky colour: Yellow. Magic number: 27

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