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With three days to go, students working hard
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 26
With just three days left for the commencement of the CBSE examinations, parents are working overtime to ensure that their children are well prepared for the D-day.

In the past few days, the focus of the preparation has shifted from special classes, held by respective schools, to study room at home.

The parents are trying their best to provide a distraction-free environment for studies. Favourite Hindi soap operas have taken a back stage — at least for the time being. “ I and my wife are taking out time from our hectic schedules to prepare our son,” said Mr Mohit Sharma, a medical consultant.

For those seeking help in examinations, the CBSE-run tele-counselling facility is proving quite helpful. Said Ms Madhu Behl, a counsellor , “ in the past two days many parents have called up to know whether they can ask their children not to appear for the examinations at this juncture due to lack of preparedness”. There is also some confusion about the changed style of the science question paper.

The students are also working hard. From overnight study sessions to consulting teachers in subjects which they have not prepared well to giving mock tests to know where they stand, the students are ready to do anything to score good marks. Die-hard cricket fans are even prepared to forgo the pre-match coverage of the forthcoming series between India and Pakistan.

Says Rohit, a Class XII non-medical student of Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan, “ I am studying in the morning and sleep around 12 pm. I am allowed to watch television only while relaxing”.

Another student, Jaspreet Singh, who recently took a mock test conducted by a Delhi-based academy, is working hard to improve mathematics. For Sumeet Malik, a non-medical student of DAV School, Sector 11, Panchkula, it is time to remain buried under a heap of books.

Said Ms Behl, “ the children should not run to tutorials. Taking mock tests helps students know where they stand”. The students who have been subjected to pre-board tests by the school are bound to fare better in the exams”, she added.

Most of the private academies in the city give sample papers to students in name of mock tests and charge anything between Rs 5,000 and Rs 7,000, said the principal of a government school.

Dr V.P.Paul, Principal of CL DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 11, said the best way to prepare for the examinations was to make a timetable at home. The parents should understand the problems faced by children and help them in reducing the level of stress.


Quota of B.Ed seats reduced
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 26
In a significant move, the UT Education Department has decided to decrease the quota of seats reserved for local students in the B.Ed courses being run in three colleges in the city. According to information, now the quota of seats reserved for local students was 60 per cent and the remaining seats would be for outside students. Earlier, the quota for local students was 85 per cent.

The decision has been taken after the principals of the colleges represented to the Education Department stating that the seats reserved for local students remained vacant and they should be allowed to take outside students. The problem surfaced in subjects of fine arts and physical education. The principals also demanded that there should be a separate entrance examination for filling B.Ed seats in local colleges.

Chautala visits varsity

The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, today urged the youth to keep themselves abreast of the political happenings in the country. He was addressing the students of Panjab University at a function organised by the Haryana Students Association.

He said the youth should play a decisive role in building a strong and cohesive nation. He announced a prize of Rs 2,100 to a girl for her dance performance on the occasion.



‘Jagrati’ — a unique project for slum kids
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 26
Jagrati, an innovative project for slum children being run on the premises of DAV Senior Secondary Model School, Sector 8, has come as a ray of the hope for over 100 students.

A brainchild of the school Principal, Ms Santosh Bhandari, the project has already set the students on a course to better future. In fact, the functioning of the project is the voluntary effort at its best with every student of the school contributing Rs 1 per week for the running of the project.

It all started in 1999 when Ms Bhandari, inspired by the success of a similar project in Tihar Jail, New Delhi, wanted to repeat it here. “However, the initial response from slum dwellers was not very encouraging and the school authorities had to make concerted efforts to draw the first batch of slum children to the school,” Ms Bhandari recalled.

And with a view to motivating students to attend the school, the students were provided with light refreshments apart from uniform, books and stationery.

Once the first batch was enrolled, two teachers — Ms Asha Sharma and Ms V. Sharma — offered to teach the batch in their free time. As more batches were added, the other teachers chipped in with their services. The solid support to the project from the DAV Management Committee, New Delhi, also contributed to the success of the project.

Ms Bhandari said last year over 200 students applied for admission making it difficult to shortlist the required 25 students.

On their performance level, Ms Bhandari claimed that it was on a par with other students. In fact, the discipline level was even better and they wanted to avail themselves of every opportunity that came in their way, she added.

“ Despite lack of facilities, the students have an urge to do well in life. If given an opportunity they can do wonders,” said Ms Asha Sharma. Apart from opening better opportunities for them the education would help them wean away from the crime, Ms Bhandari said.

Since the students come from the lower strata of society, the school is toying with the idea of introducing vocational education after Class V. After getting professional education, the students would be in a better position to earn their livelihood in government and private sector, a teacher added.


Students attend workshop on rights violations
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 26
Oranges and apples can teach you about human rights violations! If you don’t believe this then all you need to do is attend an exercise session conducted by activists of the Human Rights Law Network, a Delhi-based NGO.

Over 200 Law and Psychology students today attended a set of such exercises using oranges and apples aimed at creating awareness about human rights and sensitising them to their violations. Organised by the Army Institute of Law here, students from MCM DAV College, GCG, Panjab University attended the workshop.

At the outset, each student was given an orange or an apple and asked to classify them according to a particular quality. Then they were asked to list the similarity and difference between every individual orange or apple. While some students numbered the oranges some arranged them according to size while still others gave them names. Every orange was classified differently from the other but in the end it still remained an orange.

‘‘All this points to a basic fact that while similarities in situations can help classify people together and blanket rules made for them, every individual is still different from another and it is this difference one should be aware of and respect. For example you can be working in the same office but still every individual in the office is different from the other,’’ explained Dr Bhagat of the Department of Psychology, Panjab University, who conducted the exercise.

Then exercise conductors asked the students to change their oranges into apples and apples into oranges. The students came up with imaginative ways with a student even writing the word ‘apple’ on his orange. But the learning point was unexpected — an orange will be an orange and an apple will remain an apple. ‘‘You cannot just for the sake of following orders change the situation of a person. A person will remain what he is and one cannot force one’s will on the other. As many as 80 per cent of the households in India have instances of domestic violence. Just because someone is trying to impose his will on the other person. Violating a human right is very easy if one is careless,’’ said Dr Bhagat.

By the end of the first two exercises the students were completely involved in this novel learning process and for most students, a whole new way of looking at things had opened up during the day.

‘‘Our students have been very active in such workshops and it is a great learning experience for them,’’ said Brig Bhanot of the Army Institute of Law.



Website on general studies launched
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 26
All those preparing for civil services or any other competitive examinations can now log on to csgsindia.com to prepare for general studies, the most important constituent of all entrance tests.

The site, promoted by csgsINDIA, started its operations from Chandigarh today. “The website stresses on the component of repeated revisions and reinforcements of info-bits. Besides, it also provides an overview of upcoming examinations, question papers of previous years and ‘e-update pack’ for regular update of events and self-testing,” said Dr S.M.Sardhan, CEO of csgsINDIA. Students who enrolled themselves for ‘e-update pack’ would be provided information on e-mails regularly, he said.

“The website has detailed information about latest national and international events in all spheres presented in a crisp manner keeping in mind the changing trends of competitive examinations. And soon the website will have information on respective Indian states highlighting their economy, polity and culture which will be of immense help to the students preparing for state civil services examinations,” added Dr Sardhan.



Winners of science congress honoured
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 26
The Department of Science and Technology, Chandigarh, today organised a function at Carmel Convent School, Sector 9, to honour students who had participated in the 11th National Children’s Science Congress, held at Lucknow in December, 2003. The function was organised to celebrate the National Science Week.

During the function, winners of a quiz competition held at Rose Festival and those had won the inter and intra school competition in Carmel Convent School were honoured.

Distributing the awards, Mr Vivek Atray, Director, Science and Technology, said the students should take interest in the basic science subjects and learn to apply these to their surroundings.

Earlier, Mr G.S. Bains, Project Director, Science and Technology Department, Chandigarh, presented a brief report on the National Children’s Science Congress.

The winners of various contests are as follows: essay writing competition —

Category A — Carol Lobo of Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School I; Gargi Das of Carmel Convent School II, : and Aditi Mehta of Carmel Convent School III.

Category B — Saurabh Gupta of St John High School I; Nazuk Kumar II; and Gunja Kakkar of Hans Raj Public School III.

The winners of the inter-school competition are: science quest — Shivani Mahajan and Jannat Kang I; Aradhana Gupta and Mahima II and Saira Sethi and Surabhi Sehgal III. Creativity in making — Apoorva Roshan, Sachin Verma, Aarkriti Ahuja, Trishee Goyal and Suvrita Bhardwaj I; Noopur, Aakriti Mahajan and Shraddha Bhatnagar II; and Sugandha Sharma, Karnika Bains and Ajabroop Boparai III.

Koshish wins national award

Koshish , an MT club supported by Intel Teach, has been judged the best club of the 21 existing MT clubs in the country for outstanding performance in implementing technology-aided learning in respective schools.Ms Sarita Manuja, Chairperson of the club, said the club had won a grant of Rs 50,000.

Shivalik students visit Tribune office

Students of Shivalik Public School participated in function organised by Advisers, The Tribune In Education at Shivalik Public School here today. Prizes given to participants in various events. The main attraction of the day was Tambola in which teachers of the school participated.

A clarification

In the story, BBA students face grim future, the names of Ms Vimal Bhargava, Principal of the Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 45, and Mr Charanjit Chawala, a fellow of Panjab University, were misspelt. The error is regretted.



Directions sought on govt advertisements
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 26
Claiming that the Public Relations Department and other government agencies were issuing advertisements for promoting political interests before the Lok Sabha polls, a city resident today sought directions to the states of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh, besides Union of India, to frame guidelines so that “politicians were not able to play with public exchequer”.

In his petition, Capt Mohinder Paul Goswami added that the respondents should also be directed to work out the total expenditure incurred on the issuance of advertisements. The respondents should then be asked to pay for the advertisements through “private funds”, instead of public exchequer, the petitioner submitted.

Giving details, the petitioner added that some of the political parties had started projecting their leaders through advertisements in newspapers before the general elections giving details of achievements and promises. The ads, he contended, were not benefiting the public at large.

Fresh affidavit sought from PGI Director

Chandigarh, February 26
Taking up a petition filed by Dr Ashok Kumar Gupta of the PGI, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today asked the Director, Dr S.K. Sharma, to file a fresh affidavit. Dr Gupta was seeking directions to the PGI for considering his name for the professor’s post in the ENT Department.

The Bench, comprising Mr Justice Swatanter Kumar and Mr Justice Amar Dutt, also fixed March 3 as the next date of hearing in the case. Claiming to be eligible and suitable, Dr Gupta had earlier asserted that experts had categorised him as “very good” and had recommended his case for promotion to the professor’s post. The selection process was, however, manipulated at a later stage.

After hearing the arguments, the Bench, on the last date of hearing, had ruled that they were not satisfied with the affidavit filed by Dr Sharma. The judges had also asked the Director to be present in the court today.

Notice of motion

Mr Justice Rajive Bhalla of the High Court issued notice of motion on a petition filed by the state of Haryana seeking directions for the cancellation of bail granted to Congress MLA Jai Parkash.

Taking up the case, Mr Justice Bhalla also fixed March 15 as the next date of hearing in the matter. The MLA was earlier granted bail by Kaithal’s Additional Sessions Judge.

Plea admitted

A Division Bench of the High Court admitted a petition filed by HCS officer Varinder Verma alleging that he was not being permitted to voluntarily retire.

In his petition, Mr Verma — also the president of Haryana’s Ekta Shakti Manch — had claimed that the government was allowing him to retire since he wanted to contest the forthcoming poll.



Film-making factory comes out with ‘Ab Tak...’

Nana Patekar in ‘Ab Tak Chhappan’
Nana Patekar in ‘Ab Tak Chhappan’.

The most versatile among the contemporary filmmakers, Ramgopal Varma, has mastery over a variety of cinematic genres. His last film “Ek Hasina Thi”, Saif Ali Khan-Urmila Matondkar starrer, was an urban thriller, a love story coupled with murder. This week Ramgopal Varma, known as a film-making factory is ready again with “Ab Tak Chhappan”, reportedly inspired from Mumbai’s encounter specialist Daya Nayak, with ideas executed by his one-time editor Shimit Amin, who edited “Bhoot”.

Presented by Sahara India Mass Communication Limited, it is a Ramgopal Varma/ K. Sera Sera production of a Shimit Amin Film. It will be released today at Jagat Chandigarh and Fun Republic, Manimajra.

The maiden directorial venture of Shimit has generated a lot of curiosity among viewers. It is a story of a police officer who has shot dead 56 persons, the circumstances that can produce a man like him. It blurs the line between legality and corruption, a story that convinces that barbarism is necessary and gives a new meaning to the term cold blood.

Nana Patekar play inspector Sadhu Aghase. He is the main attraction of the film. Revathi, Nakul Vaid, Hrishita Bhatt, Yashpal Sharma and Dr Mohan Agashe play other important roles.

Photography by Vishal Sinha, art direction by Satish Chipkar, screenplay-dialogues by Sandeep Shrivastava and Shimit Amin are other major credits of the film. Salim-Sulaiman has given background score.

With Nana Patekar in the lead role and Ramgopal Varma Productions as a backer, the audience can expect a perfect cop film...


After producing laugh-riot “Fun2sh”, Dhulin Mehta and Seema Kar is ready with their new project “Agni Pankh”. Yet another film with the Air Force in the background after Shashi Kapoor’s “Vijeyta”. This will be released today at the Society, Ludhiana. “Agni Pankh” is touted as a war film that also stars Divya Dutta, Richa Palod and Samir Dharmadhikari. Sanjiv Puri is the director. DP



Hasya ras flows at Pracheen Kala Kendra
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 26
Five famous poets gathered for the hasya kavi sammelan organised by Pracheen Kala Kendra in Sector 35 today. Although the function, scheduled to be held at 8 pm, started later than the scheduled time, the humorists compensated for the loss of time with their enriching verses on the prevailing rut in society.

Intellectuals in their own right, the poets sent the audience into spilts by raising meaningful satires on the government system as well as its functionaries. Among those who recited their verses today were Dinesh Raghuvanshi, an LIC officer from Faridabad, who has been a regular at the Lal Quila mushaira.

He has often participated in the symposiums organised for AIIMS and also for the Supreme Court Bar Association.

Yusuf Bhardwaj, who falls in the league of Surinder Sharma, is a retired educationist, who loves to express himself on routine matters of life. His satires came like sweet pills. The mood of the evening was also kept alive by Rakesh Soni, presently working as Senior Manager with the NTPC, Ashok Swatantra, who particularly favours Laloo Prasad Yadav as a subject for humorous poetry and Ved Parkash Ved, who has won many an award were among the young poets in the region.



Giving vent to creative urge
Geetu Vaid

DESIGNER is the most important word in the style lexicon. It is difficult to think of fashion without thinking of a designer. Designers are the dream merchants on whom millions the world over depend when it comes to looking good. Whether it is the pricey glitterati of the fashion capitols of the world or the friendly neighbourhood ones they sure have a following among the fashion conscious. They chalk out the trends and decide what will be pulled out of wardrobes often in a particular season and what needs to be dumped.

Jas and Roop (right) with their summer collections. — Tribune photos by Pravesh Chauhan

Fashion and youth go hand in hand so it is the young designers who know exactly what would click with the generation X. This week we chat up with a couple of young, talented and vivacious city-based designers and find out the trends and styles that will sizzle this summer. Both Jas and Roop design Indo westerns or fusion wear under the labels of Jas and Rubaiyat, respectively. Both share an excellent rapport with their clients and are well versed in the latest global trends in fabric and design and have explored overseas markets.

But the similarities end here. While Roop has done her graphic designing course from NIFT, Delhi, and has a degree in apparel designing from FIT, New York, Jas, who has been running a boutique of the same name for the past six years in Sector 17, started apparel designing as a hobby as it was something that she enjoyed. ''I have no formal education in this field'', she says. Sometimes training limits creativity, she opines. She loves to design for those with plus sizes.

''Fabric gives ultimate vent to my creative urge and I design according to the requirements of my client and am not trend conscious. The dress should gel with the body shape and personality of the wearer'', she adds.

Flared or ghagra skirts in satin, crushed cotton and even silk in vibrant colours is what she has designed for summer.

Last year's rage kurtis are among her other prized creations.

‘‘Kurtis are airy and comfortable for summer months so we have not seen the last of these yet’’, she says. Kurtis with antique borders, lace or delicate sequin work in a variety of fabrics ranging from cotton, linen to art silk will be seen aplenty in the coming months. ''I am playing a lot with sleeves and various kinds of sleeves right from bell shaped, slit to stringy ones are being preferred by clients'' , adds Jas.

Printed pants in vintage florals in bright colours along with matching scarfs teamed up with subdued plain shirts or tops look very chic, she adds while displaying her designs.

Roop, who also works at her mother’s boutique in Sector 44, says the look of this season is urbane. ‘‘But it does not mean that one has to dress up in a monotonous way. I have designed shirts with stylised sleeves and necklines and used opaque and translucent fabric. Camisoles (opaque) teamed with embellished shirts (transparent) are also in her kitty. ‘‘These lend a subtle appeal to the overall look’’. She designs primarily for the younger clients.

Also in her collection are loose fit blouse/tops with more volume. There is a lot of choice in necklines also like Witneys' neckline, cowl neck etc. Blousons will be hot this summer, she says. Lowers in her summer collection include slim fit and cropped pants, capris and asymmetrical skirts.

‘‘I see lot of blue, green and silver for summer to beat the heat’’, she says. Her palette includes vibrant colours like teal green, lilac, aqua-blue, coral pink, daisy-yellow.

As far as the fabric is concerned they have used flowing fabrics like chiffon and georgette for formal outfits. Linen too has been used in pastel colours and in its new avatar with 5 to 6 per cent lycra that not only makes it wrinkle free but gives flattering fits also. Both designers have used stripes (vertical stripes) and florals dominantly in their collections.

Creative and willing to dream big they have refreshing and youthful creations for the hip and happening youngsters and fashion conscious of the city.



Bridal make-up, an art in itself
Monica Sharma

THE big night is just round the corner. And you have made almost all the preparations for it. The cards have been printed and hotel has been booked for hosting the marriage party. Even the florist has been contacted to decorate the venue with chuckling marigolds and gladioli. There is just one problem. You do not know where to go for bridal make-up and the kind of style you should opt for.

The reason behind your anxiety is not hard to see. Gone are the days when beauticians would simply apply heavy make-up, dress you up and permit you to leave with henna on your hands.

Today, things are different. Bridal make-up is an “art in itself”. In fact there are make-up artists who hold consultations weeks before the event to highlight the glow apparent on your face. They determine whether you are cool, or warm, toned so that the right shade can be applied. Wrong hue, they insist, can cause shadows.

Then there is traditional, modern and international make-up with costs ranging anywhere between Rs 2,500 and Rs 7,000. It is true that your Indian complexion will look best with red or bronze make-up, but then there is so much to choose from. Guessing what is right and wrong can cuddle your brain.

Faced with such situation, your foremost task should be finding the right makeup artist. “A good make-up artist will ensure that you stand out in the crowd not just because of trousseau, but looks,” says cosmetologist Ritu Kolentine. “For the purpose, the artist will take into consideration your wedding dress and complexion, along with the groom’s height, besides other factors. In case the groom is much taller than the bride, the artist will give you an uplifted hairdo to narrow the gap.”

He will also pay attention to the colour of your dress and the type of jewellery, along with the season and the time of wedding as morning make-up is essentially different from the evening one.

“For daytime weddings, you should insist upon lighter tones”, says beauty consultant Neeru Sidhu. “The opposite is true for evenings. As the summers are fast approaching, you should minimise your make-up lest it is washed off sooner than you expect. Otherwise, seek cream-based make-up if you have normal to dry skin. Powder based makeup is best for oily skin”.

In case you go in for traditional make-up with a red or bronze tone, a red bindi will adorn your forehead. Emphasis will be laid on the eyes with the help of kohl. For that chic look, the make-up will be bright teamed with trendy jewellery. The artist will give you that international look by simply highlighting the best feature of your face. But before you go in for a bridal make-up, always remember that the artiste can take up to two hours for working on you. So you should reach the parlour well in advance to ensure that he is not forced to rush through the job. OC



Shauq is ‘Nalayak’ in a new Punjabi flick

COMEDIAN Vivek Shauq is finally emerging from the shadow of mentor Jaspal Bhatti. Already having starred as a hero in “Barsaat ki ek Raat”, which crashed miserably, Shauq is ready for the plunge again, hoping that he does not fall this time around.

The new Punjabi film on the block, “Nalayak”, will feature Vivek in the role of a protagonist, opposite Aarti Puri, a city-based girl, who at present is camping in Mumbai. Another attraction of this comedy flick is Guggi Gill, a famous Punjabi film hero who, for the strength of Nalayak’s script, has agreed to play the crook for once. “The film is interesting. It will help me test my skills at a different level,” he says. Having featured as a hero in many a Punjabi hit like “Mirza Jatt”, “Anakh jattan di”, “Vairi” and more, Guggi is now playing a terrorist.

As for Vivek, the film is all about a protagonist, who has a vague fixation with fame. He explains: “In the film, I want to become famous, at any cost. But I am mentally not as well developed as others. Sick and tired of being demoralised, I pledge to become great one day. The strange part is that I want to be a dacoit, because my father is a police officer. As the story matures, I actually find myself in the midst of crisis, because I have committed a big crime. That is the whole story.”

Shooting in Rock Garden’s Phase III all day-long, Vivek spared some time for fans, who gathered in large numbers to see him. Interestingly, one could also spot Darshan Aulakh, who was supposedly injured during the clash between shopkeepers and Manjit Mann’s film unit in Kharar yesterday. He looked fine, with no scar to testify to the so-called brawl a day earlier. In fact, he even clarified, “It was not as bad as has been projected. Everything was under control.”

Meanwhile, Vivek Shauq talked about his forthcoming Bollywood projects — Abbas Mustan’s “Aitraz” with Akshay Kumar and Kareena Kapoor; Anil Kumar’s “Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Saathiyon” with Amitabh Bachchan and “Jurm”, which also stars Bobby Deol and Lara Dutta. Vivek also has two more films with Vikram Bhatt lined up.

In his typical unassuming style, Vivek said that he chose Punjabi because the stakes in Punjabi film market were much less. “You make Punjabi films only for the local market or for overseas. So your risk is very low. You can hence experiment. also the director, Ravi Nishand is a friend. He is also co producing the film.” TNS


I feel like a trapeze artist, says Maureen
Ruchika M. Khanna

Maureen WadiaFEW people can play as many roles in a single lifetime as Maureen Wadia. Or can so gracefully transcend from one role to another, and yet strike a balance. Though best known for her glamorous role of Managing Editor, Gladrags, Maureen is equally at ease as she takes a decision about doctors to be appointed at the family-run Wadia Hospitals for Women and Children; suggesting the ad campaigns for the family business — Bombay Dyeing or helping out husband Nusli Wadia, and her two sons.

“I feel like a trapeze artist,” says the youthful Maureen, as she narrates how she has to go back to Mumbai by night, after selecting the semi-finalists for the Gladrags Mega Model contest. Her son has to be operated upon tomorrow morning.

Immaculately dressed in a maroon jacket over cream leopard print trousers, the lady caught everyone’s eye and admiration for her never- say- die attitude, her youthfulness to extract the cream of Punjab for her famous Gladrags Mega Model and manhunt contest.

Maureen is the woman who revolutionised the way modelling contests are held. Her Gladrags Mega Model and Manhunt Contest and Mrs World Contest has hooked on the entire country. Having launched the careers of Kelly Dorje, John Abrahm, Dino Morea, Preity Zinta, Lisa Ray and Lara Dutta, Maureen’s Gladrags Mega Model show has turned into a factory for bollywood stars. It is perhaps for this reason that “mummyjis” and “papajis” tag along with their aspiring “mega models”, and saas encourages her bahu to participate in the Mrs World contest. This acceptability of her modelling contests, says Maureen, speaks of her success.

In spite of being the wife of Mr Nusli Wadia — one of the most powerful men in the country, Maureen has managed to get out of her husband’s shadow, and carved a niche for herself. She has come a long way from a small town girl, who was trained to be a teacher. “But I was more ambitious. While I taught in Allahabad, I applied for a job as an air hostess with Air India, and got selected. Much against my family’s wishes, I joined Air India, and continued till my marriage to Nusli Wadia in 1970.”

Most people would have been content living a cushy life, socialising and partying, or holidaying, but Maureen chose to make her own identity. After visualising the “dream boy” ad for Bombay Dyeing, with Karan Kapoor as the model, there has been no looking back for Maureen.

Its not that her husband just gave in to her wishes of having an independent career and life. “I had to push him till he finally relented,” she adds. Maureen says half of her day is spent as the Managing Editor of Gladrags and the remaining part of the day as the Director of the Wadia Hospitals of Women and Children.

She now proposes to open a modelling and grooming academy in Chandigarh. “The Punjabis have a great physique and a face to match. So we will groom the aspiring models in the region, and groom housewives and young girls for personality development,” she says.


100 take part in model hunt

THE girls dared to bare, while the “Men in black” preferred to sit coyly in a corner, waiting for their turn to charm their ever so charming judge and Managing Editor of Gladrags, Ms Maureen Wadia.

For 100 young aspiring models, this was the day to use their charm and get into the Gladrags Mega Model and Manhunt contest. The youngsters had gathered at a hotel in Sector 10, for a walk in audition for the baap of all modeling contests held in the country.

As Amrita Saini, a young aspiring model from the city put it,” What better way to get into the modeling world than by being chosen as a Gladrags Mega model contestant.” Agrees B. Thandi, a former Mr North India and a contestant.” Considering the fact that Gladrags Manhunt models like John Abraham, Dino Morea, Lisa Ray, Lara Dutta and Preity Zinta , have gone places, this show would open many opportunities, if I get selected,” he adds.

Though a number of contestants had been selected earlier, almost 100 youths walked in from all over the region to participate in the contest. They were then shortlisted and called in for a small “walk on the ramp” and a quick personality assessment by the judges. The girls, dressed in the shortest of minis and halter tops, or jeans with sleeveless tops, and the men, most of them dressed in black formals, were more than willing to get into swimming trunks and swim suits for a special round.

Over 30 guys and gals were made to walk the ramp and asked questions like “ Is there a relation between Menaka Gandhi and Mahatma Gandhi?”, which got the reply, “Yeah, I think so...”, or, “What are your biggest assets, which got the reply, “My Legs, my height and attitude.”

Ms Wadia said she was judging the contestants not just on their physical assets, but also to see if they had brains to match. She said the screening process in other parts of the country would be complete by Sunday, and the contest will be held on April 2. — TNS


Traditional art, contemporary designs

A variety of exquisite papier mache and stone work has been brought to town by artisans from Gwalior. The designs, given to the artisans by the students of National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Delhi, are contemporary, and surprisingly, made with the most simple tools.

On display are the papier mache lamps, gift items, and stone chairs, tables, book holders, letter holders, candle holders and partitions. The exquisite stone- called Gwalior stone or Bamaur stone- with snow flake type designs because of fossilization.

The chairs taller than the normal size, had a steel frame, tables and partitions, too, had a steel frame. The artisans say that the designs were provided to them by students of NIFT, Delhi, who were sent to them under a Government of India scheme last year, in order to save the art of papier mache and the stone art.

This is how they made the new designs, which have already been showcased in Delhi and Jaipur. “But then, these were not for sale. It is only after we got a good response and orders from all over the country, that we launched our first exhibition-cum-sale in Chandigarh,” says Ramgopal Prajapati, exhibition incharge. The exhibition is on at Lajpat Rai Bhawan till March 6. — TNS


New fashion outlet in Sector 22

A new fashion outlet was opened by the house of Gawritex in Sector 22 here today. The outlet, Gawritex Fashion Mall, offers a collection of fine apparels for men, boys, girls and children. It has separate sections of gifts, accessories, toys, etc.

''We have strived to give the customer the best styles in trendy garments at affordable rates,'' claimed Mr Amar Gawri, managing director of Gawritex Industries Ltd., in a press release.

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