Wednesday, September 18, 2002, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Stop but don’t stare...

Dense brown clouds' translucent wall momentarily blinds the on-lookers as the radial tyres, rolling wildly against the metaled road, come to a screeching halt. As the dust settles down, two reed-thin damsels in midriff revealing tank tops over hip-huggers switch off the stereo and slam shut the front doors after stepping out of the jaunty jalopy. Waving enthusiastically, they join in their pals sitting on cheerful plastic chairs.

Yes, CITCO's kiosk — Stop `n' Stare — bang opposite the Government Arts College in Sector 10 is the latest scream among city's teenyboppers.

In days that are no more, before the canteen came into being, the narrow passage dotted by Pine trees on either sides was frequented only by lonely. Gently swinging the bamboo canes, the retired-but-not-tired would trot on the trampled grass running along the road, undisturbed.

That was months ago, before CITCO decided to open up its canteen. As word-of-mouth played the trick, so many youngsters started rushing in. Little wonder, bhangra music's thumping beat, over roaring engine's din, now-a-days reaches you even before the polished cars follow each other in quick succession.

"Clutching tightly the steering wheel, guys in sleeveless biceps revealing t-shirts over casual trousers shift the gear into neutral and slam the brakes only if the crowd, sitting under the rejuvenating shade of the fiber roof, is good," says regular visitor Neeraj Kohli. "Otherwise, they accelerate, only to return after a few minutes".

Alluring crowd is not the only reason behind the joint's popularity. "You can get what you want after pulling out a nominal sum from your leather wallet," says the manager. "If you wish to savour sumptuous patty, same as served in Mountview hotel, just take out Rs 6. Cold drink you can buy at printed price, along with potato chips and other goodies".

Another things, all the ruckus keeps the elders away. So, if you have nowhere to hide from the probing eyes of your near-but-not-so-dear relatives, go to Sector 10. Daddy will never think of looking for you in the vicinity of Arts College, you can be sure of it. 



Stars on her finger tips
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

She reaches for the stars twinkling in a phial and drops them in her handbag. At home, she glides them on her freshly-filed nails before admiring them with appreciating eyes. With glitters on, the pretty young damsel is all set for the geri.

In years that are past, Glitters — nail enamel studded with sparkling stars — were for once-in-the-blue-moon evening bash, strictly. For casual coating, it was dark purple, sometimes silvery lilac.

Not today. Twinklers beam under the synthetic day-light as the young executive in a private bank furiously hits the dingy keys one after the other with efficient fingers while glowering at the colour monitor.

In colleges too, they are not alien. The shining nail polish dazzles the on-lookers as the peroxide blonde in sleeve-less top over cool capris trots down the campus corridors clutching voluminous "History of English Literature" in her fair, translucent, hands.

It is in. Aunties may still be applying maroons and blues, for jazzy city crowd nothing less than Glitters suffice," says city-based fashion designer Neerja Sharma.

Asking they are for burning stars of desire floating in the deep sea of dreamy blue or snazzy silver, even passionate black. "Glimmering blues — casting a new shimmer of light is my favourite," says Radhu Verma, a plus tower. "I love it when gals behold my hands with jealous eyes before asking me about the crystal reflection on my nails. It is fun".

Radhu is happy. Like a babe with a doll. For, launched in the city about a year and a half ago, Glitters are not even expensive. "The nail colour is costing anywhere between Rs 30 and Rs 60, depending upon the brand you go in for," says Vikas Gupta of a Sector 19 medical and cosmetic store.

But before you apply, here are some no chipping tips from a make-up artist with golden touch: Prepare the nail surface. Use polish remover to get rid of oil or lotion. Wash hands and rub dry, thoroughly.

Apply base coat to the dry nails. Paint two coats of colour. Remember to use light sweeping strokes. You should always start at the base and move upwards with cool precision. Allow the polish to dry between the coats. Most enamels today take not more than a minute to set.

Before venturing out, apply top coat to protect the polish. You should reapply colour every two or three days. It will preserve the shine. Last thing, never ever leave without screwing the cap tightly. Of course, the nail paint will neither spill, nor dry.



Baby workout

Be happy to look gorgeous — that's Anmol Gill's mantra for `k-ool' looks. Sulking throughout the day, pulling tresses in distress, biting nails in anxiety is not going to help, she chirps. "If you wanna look good, master the art of relaxing," Anmol claims.

But how does she manage to flash one of her charming smiles when everyone else around her is constantly cribbing about today's hectic world? "Well, I have included meditation and yoga in my daily routine," she croons, gently passing fair hands through her silky tresses. "Whenever I get time, I repose on a sofa with my eyes closed. Yoga — I do it every morning, workout... Ummm... thrice a week". So folks, relax your way to healthy looks exactly the way Anmol does.



Handwriting contest for teachers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 17
A handwriting competition for Chandigarh primary school teachers was organised by the State Institute of Education, Sector 32, here today. The contest, open in the three languages of Hindi, English and Punjabi, saw a participation from 50 teachers.

The results are: English: Ajay Kumar — GPS-Makhan majra (1), Mandeep kaur — GPS-46 (2), Navneet — GSSS-15 (3); Punjabi Sukhpreet — GHS-40 (1), Shital Kaur — GPS-46 (2), Rupa-GHS — Sarangpur (3); Hindi: Gayatri — GMS-Kaimbwala (1), Deepti — GPS-Palsora (2), Charitaranand — GHS-Colony No 4 and Shital Kaur — GPS-Palsora (3).



Man sentenced to 3-yr RI
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 17
A local court today sentenced Amarjit Singh to three years rigorous imprisonment under the NDPS Act. The accused was convicted and fined Rs 20,000 by the UT Additional and Sessions Judge, Mr Balbir Singh. As per the prosecution, the UT police had recovered 16 kg poppy husk from his possession.

Bail plea: An anticipatory bail plea moved by a Shimla-based rape victim and suspect Ram Lal, referred to the court of UT Additional and Sessions Judge was today sent back to the District and Sessions Judge’s court. The bail plea will likely come up for hearing tomorrow. Another suspect in the case, Baldev, also filed a regular bail plea in the case today and his plea will also come for hearing tomorrow.

Meanwhile, a Head Constable with the UT police, Narveer, who had been arrested by the police for his alleged link in the rape of the Shimla-based girl was today produced in the court of the UT Judicial Magistrate, Mr K.K. Goyal, in the afternoon. The magistrate remanded him in judicial custody.



Beant Singh case: accused identified
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 17
A witness in the Beant Singh assassination case, Jasbir, today identified one of the accused, Balwant Singh, during an identification parade in the special court room in Model Burail Jail.

The witness, who was running a taxi, stated before the UT District and Sessions Judge, Mr H.S. Bhalla, that on August 31, 1995, he took the accused to Rampura Phool village near Bathinda. He added that the accused only paid Rs 100 initially. He then paid another Rs 500 when he left the accused near the gurdwara in the village.



Bar withdraws strike call
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 17
The Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana today called off the proposed strike to be held on September 18.

This was stated by the Bar Council in a press release here today.

The Secretary of the Bar Council Mr C.M. Munjal, informed that he received a telephonic message from the Vice-President of Bar Council of India, Mr Adish Aggarwala, regarding the calling off of the strike.

He added that Mr Aggarwala informed that in view of the assurance given by the Union Law Minister and in consultation with the Chairman of the BCI the amendments made to the CPC would be withdrawn before September 30.



Young charmer basks in Bollywood glory
Parbina Rashid

Chandigarh, September 17
Curly hair and chubby cheeks make three-year-old Shreya Chawla stand out even in an ordinary background. But what she has achieved in her young life is nothing ordinary, for her role in much talked about film “Dil Hai Tumhara” as Rekha’s stepdaughter will be imprinted in everybody’s mind.

Shreya, who bagged the role when she was just two, still has not matured enough to realise what she has achieved. “I liked working and now I can recognise myself in the picture,” says Shreya who is in town to attend a wedding in the family.

A resident of Dehradun, Shreya bagged the role when she was visiting her maternal grandparents in Mumbai. “It was during my visit to my parents’ place that I had submitted her portfolio with one of the model agents there, and when she was immediately called by the Kundan Shah team for audition, we were quite surprised,” says her mother Sheetal Chawla who was accompanying her. “It was after 15 days of continuous audition by the team the Shreya was selected to play the neglected stepdaughter of Rekha”, she adds.

Shreya was too young to endure the long hours and to mingle with strangers on the sets, but she managed all right and after some persuation completed those emotional scenes in the film within six days, says her mother. She still feels so much at home with the senior performers that Rekha is still her “Nonny aunty” and Sachin Kherkar who played her father is her “Sachin uncle.”

After the release of the film Shreya has been handling fame well. A student of nursery class in Brightland School, Dehradun, Shreya is often approached for autographs by her fellow students , says her mother. And as she is yet to learn to sign her name she has been drawing faces and cartoons in their autographs, she adds.

Shreya is still too young to decide what she wants to do, but to keep the film and modelling option open for her, her family has decided to take up any offers from television, advertisement or film on her behalf. “She liked acting so much that she still keeps asking me when is she required to go for shooting again,” her mother informs. As Shreya was the youngest member of the team, her scenes were explained to her mother who always accompanied her daughter to the sets.

A bubbly child, Shreya is a popular student both among her teachers and her classmates, her mother informs. An easy and understanding child, Shreya has been taking part in extra curricular activities like playing Razia Sultana and Sarojini Naidu in her school plays.



‘Ants’ for Yellowstone festival
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 17
The English feature film “Ants” will represent India at the Yellowstone Film Festival in the foreign films section. The festival is to take place from September 20 to 22 in West Yellowstone, Montana.

Giving this information at a press conference in Sector 35 here producer-director Sunil Babbar said about 65 films have been selected for the festival.

“Ants” has exclusive Chandigarh flavour to it, as producer-director, star cast and technical department are from the city, said Mr Babbar. The film is based on a bus journey that starts from the national Capital and ends in Devprayag, thus taking the audience from modern India to various phases of cultural amalgamation.

The film is produced under “Pomy Films” and screenplay and dialogues are by Bharati Babbar. About 43 old and new faces from the city, including Sunil Babbar, Karishma Randeva, Vijay Vashisht, Navtej, Vijay Kapoor, and others have acted in the film.

The film will be premiered during the festival and is expected to be released next month in India.


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