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City to have child helpline
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 29
The city will soon have a government-sponsored child helpline of its own to help children in distress. This was stated by the Union Minister of Social Welfare and Empowerment, Ms Meira Kumar, at a press conference at Punjab Bhavan, Sector 3, here today.

“This helpline, already operational in 55 other cities, would be run on the same pattern in the city. The whole affair would be managed by the non-government organisation who would be there to address problems, assist and guide children, their parents or even guardians who call up 1098,” she announced.

Though no deadline for the implementation of the projects was announced, the minister also approved a school for mentally challenged children. Here, too, the ministry would rope in an NGO to manage the affairs of the school. “The school would be given assistance to the tune of 90 per cent in the project while the UT administration would be required to bear the remaining 10 per cent of the cost,” she said.

After reviewing the status of various schemes and projects in the city, it was also decided to the set up a special ward in PGIMER exclusively for senior citizens. “The Administration will send us a proposal. This will be processed in coordination with the ministry. Camps to distribute hearing aids would also be held during the year,” she explained.

Praising the UT Administration’s performance in the work done for the disabled, Ms Meira Kumar stated that drug de-addiction centres, managed by the Municipal Corporation, would come up. “They would process the number of such centres needed in the city. We want to have such counselling centres near schools and the university”, she added.


125 participate in Bal Shree contest

Chandigarh, July 29
The Indian Council for Child Welfare organised Bal Shree competitions at Bal Bhavan in Sector 23 here today. As many as 125 students in the age group of 9 to 16 participated. Two mentally challenged children from Sector 32 also participated.

Students who secure the top position at the zonal level will participate at the national-level competition for the National Bal Shree 2004 to be held at National Bal Bhavan, New Delhi. TNS


NIIT function
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 29
An alumni felicitation ceremony was hosted for the NIIT alumni at CII, Sector 31, here today. Mr Vivek Attrey, Director (IT) was the chief guest.

The alumni shared their success stories and experiences in the industry with the NIIT fraternity and students.

Mr I.G. Sethi, vice-president, GPIL, Mr Anil Khurana, CMO, IDBI and Mr B.M. Chitrajan, group head, IDS Infotech, were present on the occasion.


New Release
David Dhawan’s film promises excitement

David Dhawan, the editor-turned-director and student of the late Manmohan Desai school of film-making is back with a bang with his new movie ‘‘Mujhse Shaadi Karogi’’. This Rs 25-crore comedy has created a lot of excitement among viewers with its eye-catching promos and foot-tapping music. The movie stars Akshay Kumar, Salman Khan and Priyanka Chopra in the lead roles. It is presented by Sajid Nadiadwala, the maker of “Jeet” and “Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega.” The movie will be released today at Piccadily, Chandigarh, Fun Republic, Manimajra, and K.C., Panchkula.

David Dhawan’s track record has made him one of the most reliable directors in the Bollywood. The buzz is that his peculiar brand of humour may get bumper opening. This is the first time that Akshay Kumar and Salman Khan are doing a film together. ‘‘Mujhse Shaadi Karogi’’ revolves around glam doll Priyanka Chopra. Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar both want to marry her. They try their best to influence their lady love. Who will win Priyanka’s heart remains a secret for long.

Jalees Sherwani has penned the lyrics for Sajid-Wajid. The compositions are excellent and catchy.

Kadar Khan, Amrish Puri and Rajpal Yadav also star in the film. — DP


Ghalib’s confessions stir souls
Aziz Quraishi unravels the poet through his letters
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Aziz Quraishi Chandigarh, July 29
Actor-director Aziz Quraishi could not have given himself a better gift. When he initially began working on the letters of Mirza Ghalib, hoping to translate the poet’s works for stage, he had not the least idea that the going would be fairly smooth.

In Chandigarh today with his celebrated production, “Aetraf-e-Ghalib” based on the numerous letters Ghalib wrote to people close to his heart, Aziz Quraishi spoke about the project which evoked the best in him. “I have worked on Ghalib earlier. In that sense this production and its theme were not all new to me. I was only searching for the best medium to communicate.

And what better that Ghalib’s letters to talk about him and to unravel his personality, bit by bit. He does it himself in his letters. Believe me; his letters are purely conversational in nature. As you read them you feel you are speaking to the poet in person.”

No wonder Quraishi’s play, staged at Tagore Theatre today, retained the contents of Ghalib’s letters as dialogues for the script. “Every letter is like a dialogue in which Ghalib is baring his core to those he felt would understand. Whatever we know of Ghalib today is through his letters which reflect the dilemma he faced as a poet, a husband, a lover and an aristocrat. Ghalib sounds thoroughly perplexed in some of his letters. He splits his personality into parts and then strikes a conversation, as if making all attempts to locate his trauma. Like all of us, Ghalib was a commoner, suffering from a split personality.”

Justifying the contradictions which Ghalib suffers from, Quraishi makes it a point to bring three Ghalibs on stage — Ghalib, the sufferer who is listing his discredits as he awaits death to escape pain; Ghalib, the poet, who justifies his moves, earthly and unearthly; and finally, Ghalib, the aristocrat, who curses the poet for having squandered all his resources.

Through a beautifully woven script, fed with Ghalib’s dialogues and verses, the play moves rather sensitively, bringing the audience in touch with the reality of Mirza Ghalib, the poet, and Mirza Asadullah Beg, the nawaab. In between these two stands the courage of conviction which makes the poet so revered and the aristocrat so loathsome. And then the director debates the issue of entitlement to Ghalib’s love. His wife Begum Ghalib suffers in silence; her eyes loaded with questions about her own identity. “Do you have any verse for the woman who walked with you in sun and in shade,” she questions, pricking the conscience of Ghalib, who hunts for answers but in vain.

On the other side is Mughal Jaan, the nautch girl to whom Ghalib owes his fame, his poise, his very existence. Says Quraishi, “Ghalib’s letters show how remorseful he was towards the end. He often sounds indebted to his wife. But Mughal Jaan remains a part of his life and his poetry. The play seeks answers to who the real Ghalib was.”

In its present form, the play puts across the director’s theme beautifully. Not only does Quraishi succeed in blending the dialogues beautifully to create an aura typical of Ghalib, he also places the poet in a new perspective, clearing doubts that often shroud the legend.

Quraishi himself plays one of the Ghalibs, and he plays the one who suffers in the end. “Anguish was Ghalib’s inspiration, but hope was also basic to his writings. He believed in the acceptance of his works after him. He always said, “Ghalib ki shauhrat Ghalib ke baad hogi.”

The plays ends on an melancholic note as Ghalib dies hungry and sick, only to inspire generations after him. The cast included Mala Kumar, KK Kohli, Rajesh Amrohi, Danish Hussain, Mohd Ayyub, Salima Raza, Zaheer S.M. Umesh Srivastav, Faisal Kamal, V.M. Badola, Mangatram and Moinuddin. The production was presented under the aegis of the Sufi Foundation of India.


Style i
Bedazzle the world with glam nailsGeetu Vaid

If tattoos and body art were used to make a fashion statement till recently then nail painting and art is the latest mantra for the fashionistas. If simple nail paint or plain neat and blunt nails bore you then it is time to try out the whacky and dramatic designs and nail accessories. Elegant French polish tips to intricate beach scenes and animal skins can all be on your finger tips for a few hundred rupees. Professional nail artists and specialised nail salons are becoming popular the world over. With over 54,000 nail salons the business is worth $7 billion in the USA and these salons dot the major malls and streets. The trend is equally popular in the UK and in Japan. Keeping up with the international trend nail art is becoming popular in the city too as more and more youngsters in the city are patronizing it and most beauty saloons are offering this service now.

The choice of design and styles in this art form is limitless and range from the very simple to dramatic and varies according to the occasion and the latest fashion trend, says Pammy Kaul, nail artist and member of the Guild of Professionals from the UK. Along with the traditional nail paint sequins, transfers, foils, rhinestones, pearls and even jewellery is being used to create stunning and unique nails, says Richa Aggarwal of the Cleopatra Day Spa.

Nail make up has many forms. It can involve painting an intricate design with hand with the help of special brushes and tools. Stripes, dots, flowers etc are the most common designs. Nail artists use nail enamels or special acrylic paints sealed with a good top coat.

Airbrushing is another technique used to bring nails to life.

Stencils are also used for intricate designs. The backflip polishing technique or the two-tone effect adds a new dimension to the dull white back of the nails. Usually a contrasting colour is applied at the back of the nail for added appeal.

Acrylic overlays with various designs are also available and these can just be stuck on to the original nails and can stay for up to 20 days.

Apart from this nail rings and studs are also loved by young dames with an attitude. In this the nail is pierced and a nail ring or stud is worn in it. These accessories can be in gold or silver too. But piercing should be done with a lot of care, says Richa as it can damage the natural nail.

Nail is the canvas for the nail artists but these have to be in perfect health and common nail problems like chipping, bad cuticles, ridges, white spots etc have to be treated first to have those exotic designs on nails.

The shade of the nail paint should be chosen with care according to the skin tone. Pale and light shades are not very good for those with fair skin as they make the hands look pale. Bright colours are good as these add colour to the skin. Wheatish skin tone can carry any colour especially yellow and orange based reds or rust hues but those with dark skin should avoid bright pink or orange shades and go for dull and subtle shades.

According to Richa, bad circulation, wrong diet, lack of calcium and occupational wear and tear are some of the causes for various nail problems. She recommends a weekly massage with olive oil for strong nails. A paraffin dip is also good for nails and hands too. For those suffering from a chronic chipping problem five to 10 sittings of special treatment with vitamin E ampules and aloe vera is very helpful. Nail wrapping is also used to mend torn, weak nails.

For all those not willing to burn a hole in their pockets trying to keep up with the latest trend a steady hand and fertile imagination is all that is needed to bedazzle the world with a perfect set of glam nails. TNS


Short nail base
Wear light to medium shades as dark colours make tiny nails look smaller. Light and shimmery tints are preferred

Long nail base
Can wear any colour but stay away from very bright and metallic colours as these make the nails look like claws

Wide nail base
Avoid using dark shades. Slim the look by leaving a narrow strip on each side of the nail unpainted

What’s In
Glitter, shimmer, transparent, bronze and copper shades
Pale purple and pale peach


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