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Vocational training project for the disabled
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 22
The disability of physically-challenged persons will no longer be a handicap for them in earning a livelihood. With the Union Government sanctioning a prestigious vocational training project for them at the Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology (CCET) in Sector 26 here, at least 40 such persons have been assured of a better future.

In fact, the training for a batch is already under way at the CCET. Under the training programme, extending up to six months, training in carpentry, electrical repair, desktop publishing and information technology will be imparted to make them self-reliant.

The Head of the Centre for Physically Challenged Persons at the National Institute of Technical Teachers’ Training and Research, Dr J.S. Saini, said under the Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995, it was incumbent upon the Central Government to make such persons partners in all spheres of economic activity.

“With a view to discharging their responsibilities under the Act, the Ministry of Human Resource Development had identified 50 polytechnics and 12 resource institutes for integrating the disabled in technical and vocational education,” he added.

As per the government guidelines, each polytechnic has to train 100 disabled children each year in an informal way. Besides, an exclusive three-year diploma course with an intake capacity of 25 students was started by the CCET under this project two years ago.

The government spent an amount of Rs 1,700 every month on each trainee, Dr Saini said. Officials said four types of handicaps —orthopaedic, hearing and speech, visibility and mental retardation —were taken into account while admitting students.

The disability of candidates should be at least 40 per cent, which has to be certified by a medical board.



Engineering students make automatic wheelchair
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 22
Students of the final semester of electrical engineering of the Shaheed Udham Singh College of Engineering and Technology, Tangori, affiliated to Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar, have built an automatic wheelchair as their project.

“The automatic wheelchair was on our mind during our training period. When we consulted our faculty members, they inspired us to go ahead. Automatic wheelchairs are still not manufactured in India. These have to be imported from abroad, which costs in lakhs whereas our wheelchair cost comes to just Rs 15000,” said Mohit Walia, one of the eight-member team that undertook the project.

“The idea came when we saw a physically-challenged person sitting on an ordinary wheelchair in a garden and waiting for his caretaker to take him back. At that time we decided to make a wheelchair for these needy persons. This is a boon for the physically-challenged persons,” said Parampreet Singh, the other team member.

“After going through calculations, we decided to use a single phase capacitor start induction motor of 220V, 970W. The chair can move forward and backward by pressing a push button and stops by applying brakes. This chair is fully automatic and operates on battery,” said Rahul Bhardwaj and Abhinish Kumar.

The team has extended its thanks to Mr Gurpartap Singh and Mr Arvind Dhingra and Principal Prof S.K. Girdhar. The wheelchair is proposed to be used for philanthropic cause. Other team members who worked on the project include Simrandeep Singh and Parvinder Singh.



From Colleges
Welcome party for freshers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 22
New entrants to the college got a chance to shake their legs at an energised fresher’ party organised by the Department of Commerce and BCA at Government College, Sector 46 here today. Solo dance, group dance and skits were highlights of the party.

Dr A.N. Garg, Principal of the college, was the chief guest. He urged the freshers to focus on studies and co-curricular activities. Prof Pahlad Aggarwal, Head of Department of Commerce, introduced the Principal to the new students.

‘Corporate Czars’ ends: A two-day event ‘Corporate Czars’ was organised by IMAGES, a group of student from Punjab Engineering College, concluded at Art Gallery, Sector 10 here today. During the event, the participants from schools in Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali participated in presentations, quiz and group discussions to show their stage presence, intellect, mental agility and creativity. Earlier, the organisation had, organised science fairs, a mock UN assembly, launching of a website and simulating corporate environment for school students.

Lecture on self-development: Swami Brahmeshanadan, secretary of Ramakrishan Mission Ashram, at Government College, Sector 11, delivered a lecture on self-development. As many as 150 students listened to his views on self-confidence and power of praying and meditation. The lecture was organised by Department of Physical Education of the college

Painting contest: A painting competition on ecology and environment was organised by the CII as part of CII’s Green School Project. Mr Ishwar Singh, Director (Environment) Chandigarh Administration spoke to the participants. The competition was the first in series of inter-school competitions followed by environment quiz and children’s cycle rally. Students from classes VII to XII, from various schools, participated in the competition. The winners of the contest would be honoured at a function to be held on October 31, 2004.

Science exhibition: A science exhibition was organised at Shishu Niketan Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 22, here. Mr P.I. Sabu, Regional Officer, CBSE, inaugurated the exhibition. Mrs S. Khorana, Director Principal and Ms Amita Khorana, Principal of the school, were present on the occasion. Students of primary, middle and high classes displayed various models.

Music competition: Around 44 solo music items were presented at a music competition held at Government College of Education, Sector 20 here. The solo items were held under the classification of shabad, bhajan, ghazal, song and folk song categories.



Freshers welcomed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 22
A freshers’ party was organised by senior students of BCA and Department of Commerce, Government College, Sector 46, here today.
Solo dance, group dance and skits were presented at a colourful function to welcome new students.

Mr A.N. Garg, Principal of the college, was the chief guest. Prof Pahlad Aggarwal, Head of the Department of Commerce, welcomed the chief guest and the students.

Parul (MCom-I) was declared Ms Fresher, while Atul Mahajan (BCom-I) was adjudged Mr Fresher.

The Ms Charming title went to Shiny Yadav (BCom-I), while Amardeep Singh (BCom-I) was given the title of Mr Personality.

Prof Amarpreet Singh, president of the Commerce Society of the college, presented the vote of thanks.



Coaching centre honours students
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 22
To encourage the students who were selected in this year’s CBSE PMT and Punjab PMT, the Excellent Coaching Centre today organised a function to honour the meritorious students. Cash rewards of Rs 5,100, Rs 1,100 and Rs 500, depending upon the ranking of the students, were given on the spot.

Over 20 students, who had taken coaching at the centre, were honoured. Topper in the Punjab PMT Mukesh Chawla shared his experiences about coaching at the centre. Another student, Anmol Sharma, who ranked 28th in the Punjab PMT, spoke about the help he got from Prof S.C.Gupta, director of the centre. Other students who had topped in last year’s PMT were also honoured on the occasion.

Professor Gupta said that this year around 40 students of the centre had bagged positions in the Punjab PMT. Four students, Ankan Gupta, Rahul Mahajan , Sandeep Tewari and Vishav Deep Singh, had cleared the CBSE PMT. 



PEC student performs at S Korean youth fest
Tribune News Service

Swati Parijat, a PEC student, during the ‘Youth Festival for Peace-2004’ held at South Korea
Swati Parijat, a PEC student, during the ‘Youth Festival for Peace-2004’ held at South Korea. — A file photo

Chandigarh, August 22
It was a memorable experience for Swati Parijat, a student of Punjab Engineering College, who has retuned after attending ‘ Youth Festival for Peace 2004: colour of Asia Programme’ at South Korea.

Talking to The Tribune, she said her dance performance was applauded by the audience who were mostly from Asian countries. She was part of a five-member team, which visited South Korea.

The participants were taken out to a demilitarised zone, one of the most unusual tourist destinations in the world. During the festival, 12 articles of UNESCO’s Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity were discussed. A brain-storming session was also held on water and air pollution, urbanisation, global action to address land degradation and role of youth in addressing the problem, of environment pollution presentation on India and two dance performances.

The participants also stayed with Korean families after the festival to learn about their culture. “This gave us an opportunity to accept to learn gratitude the diversity of all cultures”, added Swati.



Pathak invited to meeting on celebration
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 22
Dr K.N. Pathak, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, has been invited to New Delhi to attend a high powered committee meeting being held under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, to finalise the programme for the celebration of 400th year of the installation of Guru Granth Sahib.

Other prominent personalities who would attend the meeting include Ms Sonia Gandhi, Capt Amarinder Singh (retd), Mr Surjit Singh Barnala, Ms Sheila Dikshit, Mr Rajmohan Gandhi, Professor Ausaf Ali and Professor Nambiar Singh, Dr Amrik Singh, Dr Kapila Vatsyayan, Malana Wahiduddin Khan, Vincent Concess, Mr Karam Masih, Mr Samdhung Rimpoche and Dr Sayeeda Hameed.



Punjabi artistes perform at a Teej festival at a cloth mall, Mohali Teej celebrated

Mohali, August 22
The two-day celebrations of the Teej festival ended at a local clothes mall here on Sunday. Punjabi singer Dolly Guleria was the chief guest where she sang some of her popular songs. Many students and elders participated in a kite flying competition and a Limca Book of Record holder in kitemaking, Dr Davinder Pal Singh Sehgal, also participated. — TNS

Punjabi artistes perform at a Teej festival at a cloth mall, Mohali, on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph



Workshop on traffic rules
Chandigarh, August 22
Parents and their wards attended a workshop on traffic rules at Evergreen Academy Preparatory School at the Traffic Park in Sector 23 here today.
Traffic policemen informed the participants about various road signs. Ms Kuljit Suri, Principal, ensured that parents and teachers pledged to use helmets and not to use mobiles and tie the seat belts.

Students of Evergreen Academy Preparatory School attend a workshop at Traffic Park, Sector 23, Chandigarh on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph
Students of Evergreen Academy Preparatory School attend a workshop at Traffic Park, Sector 23



Lok Adalats to be held on Aug 28
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 22
Lok Adalats will be held at Fatehabad, Tohana and Gohana on August 28.
While stating this here today, the Member-Secretary of the Haryana State Legal Services Authority, Mr Shekhar Dhawan, said 646 cases were settled at the Lok Adalats which concluded at Sonepat, Kurukshetra, Ganaur and Hansi last evening.

These included 104 cases pertaining to death or injury arising out of vehicular accidents under the Motor Vehicles Act. A compensation amounting to Rs. 1.23 crore was awarded in these cases. Also, 542 other cases like those registered under the Indian Penal Code, Hindu Marriage Act and those pertaining to bank loans were decided. He said the main aim of the Authority was to settle disputes between the people in an amicable manner without wasting time.



Success is in their blood

Sibal family
Sibal family.

This is a story that has its origins in Dingah village of Gujarat district in Pakistan, when 18-year-old Hira Lal Sibal married 14-year-old Kailash Rani of Bhimbar which is now a part of PoK. Mr Sibal went on to practice in the Punjab High Court in Lahore where his five children were born. Partition forced them out of their home in Lahore. Mr Sibal is nostalgic when he says, “We shifted from Lahore to Jalandhar, hoping that we would be able to return to our home after conditions improved. But that was not to be, so we moved to Shimla, and then when the Punjab and Haryana High Court shifted to Chandigarh in 1955, we did too”.

Sibal’s reputation as an advocate specialising in civil, criminal and election law is well-founded. He has been Advocate-General four times and was elected as the first non-official president of the Chandigarh Club, Rotary Club. He has been president of the High Court Bar Association twice.

Mr Sibal’s eldest son, V.K. Sibal, qualified for the IAS and opted for a UN deputation with the FAO. He is presently a judge with the Punjab Human Rights Commission. J.K. Sibal also qualified for the IAS and was assigned the MP cadre. After 18 years, he quit to return to legal practice in Chandigarh and is presently an advocate of repute.

Kanwal Sibal qualified for the IFS and rose to become India’s Foreign Secretary. He has recently been appointed Ambassador to Russia. The youngest Kapil Sibal also qualified for the IAS but chose the legal profession and went on to become a reputed Supreme Court advocate before he joined the Congress and is now a minister. Mr Sibal’s only daughter Asha is married to the former MD of Metalbox and former Chairman of BATA.

Mr Sibal’s wife, Kailash Rani, keeps a beautiful home and garden in Sector 5, Chandigarh. She has a photographic memory and follows a disciplined schedule, “Discipline is the quality I passed on to my children”, she says. Excerpts from an interview given to Bilawal and Punam Khaira Sidhu:

You must be a very proud father. What inspired your children to join the civil services ?

V.K. Sibal qualified for the IAS and set the trend for the others. I am indeed very proud of all of them as they are all good humans.

Were all of your son’s good at studies and academically inclined at an early age?

Yes, they all excelled in academics. I rarely had to tell them to study. They were all very motivated youngsters, who I knew would succeed in whatever they chose to do.

What schools did they go to?

They have studied at various schools and colleges in Shimla, Chandigarh and Ludhiana as we shifted from Shimla to Chandigarh. The youngest, Kapil, studied in St Johns and then moved on to St Stephens College in Delhi.

What were your sons interests/hobbies?

V.K. was an avid reader. There is hardly a book or an author he has not read. J.K. and Kanwal excelled in debates etc while Kapil was an all-rounder excelling in sports, dramatics and a cinema enthusiast.

Was there a lot of sibling rivalry?

Yes, but it was healthy and that is why each has tried to set the bar.

What are the qualities you ascribe to their success?

My wife and I tried to imbibe the qualities of discipline, honesty and perseverence in all of them.

How much has Chandigarh changed since you first moved here?

The changes have been dramatic. Chandigarh was a city of barely one lakh population and today it is over 10 lakh. It is dirty, polluted and crowded. The civic infrastructure and law and order set-up is under tremendous pressure.

What improvements would you like to see in the city?

Planned development of the periphery and satellite cities of Mohali and Panchkula can ease the pressure on Chandigarh. Each resident also needs to be aware of his civic responsibility to keep the city beautiful.

What is your message for the youth?

Work with sincerity and honesty to achieve your goals. Let it be like an obsession and you will achieve great results. As for the rest, destiny also determines your fate.



Colours of life spill over from poetry

One of the poetesses, Santosh recites her verses during the trilingual poetic symposium organised by the Chandigarh Sahitya Akademi at State Library
One of the poetesses, Santosh recites her verses during the trilingual poetic symposium organised by the Chandigarh Sahitya Akademi at State Library, Sector 34, on Sunday.— A Tribune photograph

The Chandigarh Sahitya Akademi could not have managed a better gathering of poets. Choosing the best from the realm of Urdu, Punjabi and Hindi poetry, the Akademi put together a delightful show made memorable by some extremely delightful recitations of poetry.

In true tradition of a “mushiara”, Madhav Kaushik, the effervescent host for the evening, made sure he invited the budding and the upcoming first, and left the seasoned and the mature for later. However, by his own admission, “What does one do when everyone in the gathering is seasoned.” One breaks rules, what else?

The evening thus progressed well, with Kaushik inviting representatives of different streams of poetry one after the other. Age was no bar as far as invitation to the dais was concerned. Among the many eminent poets who recited their verses at the State Library, Sector 34 today, were Prof Iqbal Dhillon, Dr Sultan Anjum, Arun Aditya, Sudershan Walia, Santosh Dhiman, Gurdeep Dhir, Dr Jagmohan Chopra and Bhagwant Singh.

To begin, Prof Iqbal Dhillon’s poetry drew tremendous applause for the hope it asserted. He read, “Fookan naal nahi buj sakde ae jo jagde dive…Chakhad vich vi turde hanske ae jo jagde dive.” Dhillon’s utterances were closely followed by those of Sultan Anjum, regarded among the brightest stars on the horizon of Urdu poetry. His recitation only testified his popularity.

The very first ghazal he read won him great admiration, “Usne likha nahi zyada kuch…khat magar keh gaya zyada kuch; Umr bhar hum bhula na paaye use, kaam aaya apna jashn-e-vada kuch; Haal-e-dil keh diya tha khushboo ne, phool ka to na tha irada kuch; Uski baaton ka kya gila Anjum, keh diya hoga beirada kuch.”

A mention of budding Hindi poets brings Arun Aditya’s name to mind. He was also present for today’s symposium. He made his presence felt yet again with his heartfelt poem on the mental status of a jawan defending the border. His poem spelt hope. Taking off from a melancholy note, he narrated the woes of a jawan who finds his father’s reflection in the face of the enemy.

Renowned Punjabi writer Sudershan Walia came next with her treat of Punjabi ghazals. She began amid thunderous applause, as she recited, “Har ek sine de vich dil hai…dil vich dard hazara, jyon foolan de naal rehndiyaan har pal tikhiyaan taaran…Saanje Ram Rahim te Nanak; jis thaan di sanji boli, Ban sarhadaan oh thaan vandan, kyon kande diyaan taaran…”

Gurdip Dheer, another promising Urdu poetess, brought romance back to the ambience as she recited, “Rubaru tere koi geet bhi gaaya na gaya, abke to ruthne pe tujhko manaya na gaya; Sila yeh khoob mila tujhse dil lagane ka, mehmaan phir koi kabhi ghar mein bulaya na gaya…”

Another brilliant representative of Hindi poetry present at the symposium today was Dr Jagmohan Chopra whose plain yet powerful poem about the political health of the country impressed one and all. “Saarthak kavita ki talaash mein main phir aaonga…,” he read, handing over the dais to Bhagwant Singh, who has over six decades of literary creation behind him. Also present during the function was Maj-Gen Himmat Singh Gill (retd), Chairman, Chandigarh Sahitya Akademi. TNS



Amit on strong beat
Parbina Rashid

Amit Sachdeva
Amit Sachdeva

In a time when youngsters are abandoning their musical roots in favour of Western instruments, a proved formula to achieve easy money and fame, here is one die-hard musician, aiming to put Indian rhythm at the international arena with his tabla. Amit Sachdeva, already a recognised tabla player in this region, is on his way to make it big in the music world.

Rhythm is what attracted this youngster towards music at the tender age of 10. After fiddling with instruments like bongo, congo, jazz drums for a long time, he abandoned all in favour of tabla.

“As my father was also a light classical instrumentalist, I grew up in the atmosphere where music was a part of almost every conversation. I too showed inclination towards classical music. My father gave me an opportunity to try out a few instruments till I found my true love — the tabla,” says Amit who is all set to represent Chandigarh at the national classical music festival in New Delhi, scheduled for August 25.

Amit received his initial education in tabla from Ustad Manmohan Dixit of Ajrada Gharana. His skill was further honed by eminent tabla players like Ustad Chhaman Khan and finally Padamshree Ustad Shafaat Ahmed Khan, both of Delhi Gharana.

“Delhi Gharana is the parent of all gharanas and this is what I want to highlight through my performances,” says Amit. An approved tabla player by All India Radio, New Delhi, Amit has performed all over the region, both as a solo artist and accompanist.

Amit, who is open to experimenting classical art form with modern to cater to a wider range of audience, is toying with the idea of cutting his first solo album.

“Under the guidance of my guru I am going to record my album which will be based on fusion music, tabla with Western jazz.” The album is expected to reach the audience by the end of this year.



Jupiter’s movement to affect zodiac sign
Arvind Katyal

Normally, most of us go by sun signs and judge our planetary position, but it is a western system. According to Indian system, during the birth of a child, 'Janam Patris' horoscope are made, when 'Pandits' guide a parent to name the child according to its moon sign, not as per sun sign, says Kabir Arora, a young astrologer of Sector 18. He said Moon also have affect on the 12 signs of the Zodiac. He says, based on the positioning of Moon in one's birth chart, Jupiter will enter Virgo for another 13 months beginning August 28 onwards affecting all the 12 signs of Zodiac.

As Virgo is considered to be a feminine zodiac sign and ruled by mercury overall, this year would be favourable for those who are related to speed, fast communication, media and businessmen.

However he said the exact nature of effect of Jupiter on all the 12 signs as per Moon signs are as,

Aries; As Jupiter move in sixth sign for Aries. This year Arians will have large friend circle, making new friends. Those involved in court cases and those awaiting approval from bank loans would get positive response. The effect of Jupiter on Aries will have mixed results this year.

Taurus: Those students who want to pursue higher education will have best time. Couples expecting birth of a child will be blessed with healthy children. As fifth house is considered for fame and Jupiter will move in 5th house for Taureans, so fame and sucess is assured. Those in media, television should expect better prospects.

Gemini: As Jupiter moves in 4th sign for Gemini, those planning change of place will move to different places. Construction, purchase of property, vehicles may take place. Little bit of mental tensions might prevail, but otherwise a better year than before.

Cancer: As Jupiter moves in third sign for cancerians, journeys within India will increase. You will have lot of courage for your ventures. Those involved in communication services or business will have excellent time.

Leo: When Jupiter moves in second sign for leos. wealth, family reunion and happiness is assured. Your investment in share market will be profitable. Your appetite may increase, you may be inclined towards delicious foods. Overall it will be an excellent year.

Virgo: As Jupiter moves into number sixth Zodiac which is Virgo itself, Virgos will take decisions with their mind. As Jupiter transit on their natal moon, you will have stable mind, better decision making power. Spiritual inclination will increase immensely.

Libra: As Jupiter moves in 12th sign from your Zodiac, expenditure will be on the higher side. Those expecting foreign journey will get favourable news. Librans will have to overdo their energies while any kindof litigation should be avoided this year.

Scorpio: As Jupiter moves in 11th sign for you, gains, lot of increase in income, is foreseen this year. When jupiter transits in 11th house, one is blessed with overall gains, good health and prosperity. Those expecting hike and promotion in job will get their wishes fulfilled. Business men will have a very profitble year.

Sagittarius: They will have Jupiter in 10th House of their Zodiac. Hardwork and labour will on the higher side.Those in search of employment will find good job but hard work is not denied at workplace. Tenth house is house of karmas so efforts will be more than rewards this year for this sign people. You may have to change place for job purposes.

Capricorn: Long travels , foreign journeys assured for them during this year. As Jupiter moves in 9th house for your zodiac, fortune will always favour you.Those planning for immigration to foreign country will have favourable response. Increase in income, promotion or a reward is assured this year.

Aquarius; As jupiter moves in 8th sign, this year you may have to face lots of hardships and you may struggle a lot. Obstructions in your ventures will be on higher side.

Pisces; Bachelors awaiting good news regarding their life partnerships will find their alliance. Those trying to enter any type of partnership will have lot of profits and gain for next one year. Partnership wise, this is best year for Pisces. Happy married life and profitable partnership indicated for next one year.



Documenting travails of illegal women immigrants

Iqbal Ramoowalia
Iqbal Ramoowalia 

For those who though Iqbal Ramoowalia could at best recite Punjabi verse, here is a piece of information. His first English book, “Death of a Passport” is receiving rave reviews all over for a sensitive documentation of a problem which illegal immigrants to Canada face. A poignant account of a girl exploited to the hilt due to her unlawful status in an alien land, the book also highlights the subtleties of the immigration law.

As an education counsellor and a teacher working with the District School Board in Brampton, Canada, Iqbal Ramoowalia could not have offered anything more realistic than the new book which was released at the Chandigarh Club this evening. Centred on a Ludhiana girl left in the lurch in Canada, the book traces the travails of illegal women immigrants, who find it hard to survive without the stamp of a landed immigrant. After the protagonist is deserted by the man who brings her to Canada, she is forced to marry a physically and morally corrupt man so that she can attain a legal status in Canada.

Destiny, however, plans otherwise for the girl who finds herself in trouble yet again when the man she proposes to marry dies. The title of the book finds justification in the death of this man who is compared to a passport. As Ramoowalia says, “Men have value because they have passports. Even Indian girls marry NRIs for the significance which their passports lend to them. The book addresses many other issues which we, as immigrants to Canada, face. I also literally rose from the ranks. I worked as a dish washer and a taxi driver before I decided to upgrade my degrees in Canada.”

An MA in English from Ludhiana, Ramoowalia migrated to Canada in mid seventies. Struggling for survival, he indulged in odd jobs before acquiring suitable degrees which helped him take up a decent job. Today he has a say in an alien society, so much so that the Canada Council for the Arts, a government funded body, gave him $ 2500 for the promotion of his first book. The book release ceremony was earlier held in Patiala and Ludhiana. TNS



Setting sights on Bollywood
Kuldip Dhiman


Prompted by her mother, who could not realise her cherished dream of becoming a model, Chirag started modelling about two years ago. She has already done a number of shows, designer shows, and launches for reputable products like VIP Suitcases, Spice Telecom, Schwarzkopf and Della. She was noticed in shows that she did for NIFD in Shimla, Chandigarh and Mohali. A Chandigarh-based book publisher recently signed her for the launch of one of his latest titles.

Born on August 6, this Leo studied in St. Mary’s Convent, Kasauli, and then passed Class XII from Army Public School, Dagshai. She is now doing her B.A. (Hons) from GCG-42. Keeping with the times, she has already done courses in e-finance and e-computers.

As the only child, Chirag’s friend in need is her mother, a lecturer in zoology, who is always there to help her in her career. When she is not busy with her studies or modelling, she reads murder mysteries. She also likes other genres, and her favourite authors are Sydney Sheldon and Jackie Collins. She is an expert in applying mehndi and loves to sing Spanish, Arabic, French and Latin songs, although she does not speak these languages. Over the years, she has made a number of friends with whom she loves to freak out on weekends.

Why modelling and films ? Why not some other profession? “Well, modelling and films are the only fields in which apart from creative satisfaction, you get fame, and you get paid to look good. The better you look, the more you are paid.” But Chirag is a practical girl. Though all her friends who are in modelling did not complete their studies, she intends to finish her postgraduation, no matter how busy she gets. “Studies are very important. Although I am sure I will realise my dreams, but just in case things don’t go the way I wish them to, at least my education will help me get a good job.

Chirag’s ultimate destination is of course Mumbai, where she hopes to get into films. Her face lights up in anticipation of joining her favourite actors like Salman Khan and Rani Mukherjee.


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