CHANDIGARH INDEX

 





More of less on  New Year’s eve
Curious to know about the long and short of party do on the New Year’s eve in the city? More and more of less, says Saurabh Malik after taking a round of the party venues.
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eeny-weeny skirts concealed under life-size coats so far away from high-heel ankle boots brought dancing divas close to the stature of glam-goddesses in the New Year eve bashes. Slight skirts and lanky boots exposing dancing damsels to the passionate heat of cool parties.
Skimpily clad ladies tapped their best foot forward at the varous bashes organised in the city on New Year’s eve
BOLD ‘N’ BEAUTIFUL: Skimpily clad ladies tapped their best foot forward at the varous bashes organised in the city on New Year’s eve. — Photos by Vinay Malik 

Cobra comes calling
H. Kishie Singh

I
t was a beautiful day. Bright blue skies, not a cloud in sight. The sun crisp and hot. And a Saturday. Just the day to sit in the lawn and soak in all this white sipping a room temperature beer. Kansal forest in all its greenery is always visible, this day Kasauli was also visible. I looked forward to doing nothing, enjoying the scenery and beer and good company.

A village scene weaved in phulkari Rang Phulkari De
J.P. Singh
T
he phulkari travelled to India from two fronts. One is from Persia and the other is from Mohanjodaro Harappa, which could be verified from the murals of Ajanta where the designs and floral patterns could be seen on the clothes of the female folk. The finest of all folk arts of Punjab is Phulkari. After great immigration consequent to the Partition of the country in 1947, east Punjab has emerged as a granary of India. Phulkari became out of fashion. At present, a few interior villagers of Punjab embroider them now. The young generation has not even heard of it. The cultural loss has to be recovered somehow.
ART IN THREADS: A village scene weaved in phulkari. — Photo by the writer 

YOUTHSPEAK
The brainy city
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ur city beautiful is known for its brainy students. There is hardly any national competition without young lads of this city as its champs. The new ‘Scholarship winners fly to Singapore today’ published in Chandigarh Tribune dated December 26, 2005 mentioned about over a dozen genius youngsters being taken to Singapore for free education. It was indeed a moment of celebrations for them, their parents, teachers and friends. But amongst all those celebrations, what drew me to grief was that a foreign country was taking with it about 60 immensely talented Indians. These meritorious students will soon be groomed into efficient professionals, working diligently, but for some other country instead of their own motherland.

MATKA CHOWK
Lake Litter Bugs
Sreedhara Bhasin

S
ukhna Lake is one of the most cherished and beautiful landmarks of Chandigarh. The lake is unparallel in its beauty. It has been designed with great creativity, landscaped with amazing grace and style and maintained with great zeal despite all odds.

Dancing Diva sizzles on Telly
S
he has come a long way since her first film and is no more recognised just as the grey-eyed third generation of the royal family of Indian Cinema. Today the well-sculpted professional actress of Bollywood and with her recent popular win of SaharaOne Television’s Indian Diva—2005, she has proved her mettle once again.

Colour in the hair
Rajiv Bhatia
H
ey guys, it is party time! And with it comes the opportunity to get all dressed up and win those hearts. But with that swanky attire, you need to get a hairdo. The cool thing about treating your hair with artificial colours is that you can change these often and do a lot of interesting things with these. So why not try something special for Christmas and New Year parties? Red is the in thing this time around as it will go with the spirit of Christmas.

Film & FASHION
Radiohead’s best albums
T
he highly acclaimed rock band Radiohead have released two of the best albums of all time, according to a new poll by the British magazine Q. According to contactmusic.com, Radiohead’s albums “Ok Computer” was voted the greatest album ever followed by the band’s earlier release “The Bends”.  

SNAPSHOT

TWILIGHT ZONE: As the new sun sets in the horizon, the city once again resumes its normal life. — Tribune photographers Parvesh Chauhan and Pradeep Tewari capture two different faces of the city






More of less on  New Year’s eve
Curious to know about the long and short of party do on the New Year’s eve in the city? More and more of less, says Saurabh Malik after taking a round of the party venues.

Teeny-weeny skirts concealed under life-size coats so far away from high-heel ankle boots brought dancing divas close to the stature of glam-goddesses in the New Year eve bashes. Slight skirts and lanky boots exposing dancing damsels to the passionate heat of cool parties. The cool winter breeze was obviously no dampener as flappers of the world descended on the polished dance floors of life in city clubs and discotheques to cut foot loose to the thumping beats of reverberating bhangra music in teeny-weeny denim skirts refusing to stoop down to the level of high-heel ankle boots.

For so many revelers, heaven was a place on earth indeed as the pretty lasses in short tops displayed more than wee-bit of their flat tummies and a bare to dare mood before tightening the knots of the scarves around their reed-thin waists for twirling around the floor all the way into the New Year at the Chandigarh Golf Club.

Among them was Ruhi Sen in an adorable black skirt well above the knees under a cheerful red silk top with neckline plunging deep down perilously. After all, it was the big day’s eve; time to say good-bye to the dying year and compunctions. For her companion Zuhi Mallar dressed to allure in a denim skirt with twin tantalizing cuts on either sides, net stockings were not required as she trotted around the blaze, clutching in hands sparkling cut glass full of invigorating golden elixir with excited beads busting at the brim.

Well, folks, party glad rags were hardly any different in the discotheques and the night clubs on December 31. As tearing passion broke loose just before the hands of the clock moved towards each other for an apparent kiss, bomber jackets went up in the air, revealing bikini tops and belly buttons with sparkling diamond studs dangling glamorously.

For the guys with super-spike look, jeans fashionably worn out at strategic places, even three piece suits with gleaming brass buttons, were good enough. But for the dancing divas with beads of perspiration dotting their fair brows, nothing but shoulder less and backless cholis sufficed at Blue Ice and Aeerizona, even Las Vegas. If straps holding the garments peeped from inside gorgeously, they made no attempts to tuck them back away from the admiring glances of appreciating guys.

“Why should we be worried?” whispered Sheetal before flashing a bright smile. Refusing to divulge her full name, she asserted. “It’s time of the year when you actually allow silky brown tresses with golden streaks to tumble down your uncovered shoulders before letting the steam out…. Let the guys ogle. That’s their habit”. Folks, that sums up the entire thing. Don’t you agree?

Cobra comes calling
H. Kishie Singh

It was a beautiful day. Bright blue skies, not a cloud in sight. The sun crisp and hot. And a Saturday. Just the day to sit in the lawn and soak in all this white sipping a room temperature beer. Kansal forest in all its greenery is always visible, this day Kasauli was also visible. I looked forward to doing nothing, enjoying the scenery and beer and good company.

As I drove into the house there was a slight commotion with the staff all grouped in one corner. I got out of the Gypsy and walked over. “Saabji, Naag!” said Jai Singh, a little frustrated. “This big!” said Baldev cupping both hands together and indicating the size of the snake’s head. “Cobra!” he added. “And it’s high up on the tree”. Cautiously I approached. I’m not afraid of snakes. I just don’t like them much and then a cobra? If Baldev was right, it was a matter of great caution.

The duo pointed and sure enough there was a snake about three metres high, entwined in the limbs of a poplar. The tree, a poplar grows in the neighbour’s plot but the branch is over our property. If the reptile fell we’d have a cobra in the house. I looked over my shoulder to see how far I would have to run to the gypsy just in case! One must always have an escape route.

Jai Singh got an extra long bamboo pole and approached the tree and shook the branch. Instantly, the cobra was in action. Hood failed, tongue flicking and beady eyes focused on us. If all this was not intimidating, he hissed. Two, may be three times. Long drawn out exhales, crisp, low but sharp enough to be heard over a distance. I learnt first hand what a wild cobra’s hiss sounds like.

The cobra was in control. All eyes were on him as surely he was eyeing us. We backed off. I was convinced we had a naag visiting us. I am told it’s a sign of good luck, as long as the cobra does not get you.

Quickly, I got to the phone. Got through to the People for Animals. They gave me two phone numbers. The first was the snake man, Capt Verma. He was not available. The time was 1.15 pm.

Sir, I have a scooter, I will be there immediately!”. And sure enough, in five minutes Salim arrived. Empty handed. I really do not know what I had in mind. He swung into action and walked briskly to the tree.

“I need a large jar”, he said. We had a large plastic disposal bottle. Salim grabbed it and with a knife he punched a few holes in the lid. And then began “Operation Cobra”.

1318 hours —Salim jumps over the fence.

1319 hours —Shakes the tree. Cobra fails to the ground.

1320 hours —Salim pounces on the cobra, grabs it behind the head and holds it up. It is over two metres long.

1321 hours —Salim finally puts the cobra into the bottle, screw the lid.

1322 hours—Salim thanks us and leaves.

1323 hours—The operation is over.

It was efficiency in action.

Moral of the story: Private entrepreneurs should run the government. 

Rang Phulkari De
J.P. Singh

Paramjit Kaur Kang, the artiste, whose mission is to popularise this art form
Paramjit Kaur Kang, the artiste, whose mission is to popularise this art form. — Photo by the writer

The phulkari travelled to India from two fronts. One is from Persia and the other is from Mohanjodaro Harappa, which could be verified from the murals of Ajanta where the designs and floral patterns could be seen on the clothes of the female folk. 

The finest of all folk arts of Punjab is Phulkari. After great immigration consequent to the Partition of the country in 1947, east Punjab has emerged as a granary of India. Phulkari became out of fashion. At present, a few interior villagers of Punjab embroider them now. The young generation has not even heard of it. The cultural loss has to be recovered somehow.

The origin

Paramjit Kaur Kang, a young artiste, who has done her masters in Fine Arts from Punjabi University, Patiala, devoted herself in making innovative patterns in phulkari, which speaks of Punjab’s rich culture and heritage. Her paintings have text imbibed on them in shape of tappas or couplets of folk song, which are very relevant to the situation picturised in phulkari.

According to Paramjit, phulkari is not the prerogative of Jats alone. The best phulkari and bagh are known to have been from Hazara and Chakwal areas of northern Punjab, which is dominated by non-Jat Sikhs. The phulkari traveled to India from two fronts. One is from Persia and second is from Mohanjodro Harappan, which could be verified from the murals of Ajanta where the designs and floral patterns could be seen on the clothes of the female folk.

According to Sir Denzil Ibbetson in 1883, it was customary for the Punjabis of all caste to give phulkari and chopes to their daughters on the day of their marriage.

From mother to daughter

Paramjit learnt the art of phulkari from her mother. She learnt the short and darning stitch (the chief characteristic of the phulkari work), which involves counting of threads.

She started to learn phulkari from her mother and grandmother from the childhood who traditionally started a ‘bagh’ for her wedding day when she was born.

All the way from China

Red is considered to be auspicious by Sikhs. Other colours, including brown, blue in various hues and shades, are used in daily living. ‘Pat’ is used in embroidery phulkari and baghs. Paramjit reveals that it is fluffy to touch and clings to the fingers particularly in summers. Little more care to handle it is required while doing phulkari. The silk thread strands used in phulkari were from Kashmir, Afghanistan and Bengal and best quality silk threads were from China.

Interpreting emotions

A distinctive type of embroidery painting by Paramjit is a sincere effort for the presentation of rural domestic tradition and its originality.

She has interpreted emotions of villagers through this device. These paintings create colourful aura around us.

She is also working in making sculptures based on Punjabi folk art. Her paintings have roots in the Sainchi type of phulkari of eastern Punjab, which make use of human figures and animals as well as abstract motifs.

Documenting phulkari

Paramjit Kaur is documenting and making new designs, which will be later on translated on the khaddar cloth with silk thread by herself, which will be on display for the next exhibition at Chandigarh.

YOUTHSPEAK
The brainy city

Shweta Kapur
Shweta Kapur

Our city beautiful is known for its brainy students. There is hardly any national competition without young lads of this city as its champs. The new ‘Scholarship winners fly to Singapore today’ published in Chandigarh Tribune dated December 26, 2005 mentioned about over a dozen genius youngsters being taken to Singapore for free education. It was indeed a moment of celebrations for them, their parents, teachers and friends. But amongst all those celebrations, what drew me to grief was that a foreign country was taking with it about 60 immensely talented Indians. These meritorious students will soon be groomed into efficient professionals, working diligently, but for some other country instead of their own motherland.

The plight of professional education in India is such that every second graduate is preparing for GRE to seek scholarship from some foreign university and study there. Most of the doctors want to clear USMLE and practice abroad. Be it engineers, architects, scientists, IT professionals or any other field, the brilliant ones are being lured by foreign countries with attractive scholarships.

Just see the contrast! A foreign university giving free education to intelligent Indians students, with a small condition to work for them afterwards (to which we Indians promptly agree). On the contrary, an Indian university charging in lakhs even from national toppers.

It is a high time for India to wake up to the problem of brain drain. Before its too late, the Indian government must take this issue seriously.

— Shweta Kapur

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The voice of Akshay Kumar

Arnab Chakraborty
Arnab Chakraborty

He is the voice of Akshay Kumar in Khakhee and now the soon-to-be-released Family. He is Arnab Chakraborty, the singer whom director Rajkumar Santoshi repeats in his ventures for Akshay Kumar. With three numbers in Family, Arnab is here to stay. A tete-a-tete with the singer—

How did Family happen?

My song ‘Wada Raha’ from Rajkumar Santoshi’s earlier film Khakee was a huge hit and earned me a nomination for best male playback singer at the Zee Cine Awards 2005, held at Excel Arena, London. I was lucky to get another opportunity to work with the same team in Family. Music director Ram Sampat was so happy with the prior performance with my singular song ‘Wada Raha’ in Khakee that this time he gave me three songs in Family!

Three songs rendered for Akshay Kumar as against the one in Khakee…

Yes, and interestingly, ‘Qatra Qatra’, ‘Janam Janam’ and ‘Quick Byte’, are distinctly different from the other.

Though recognition comes to you now, it is not like you are a new entrant. Ad films, remixes and full-length films – was this a planned move? And which of the mediums would you consider most satisfying?

Each medium has its own attraction and creativity in any medium is always a satisfying experience. Yes, remixes are great testing grounds as one gets to recreate legendary songs. There is always a comparison drawn between the two versions, which helps a lot in self-analysis.

Singing jingles is a different challenge as you have to convey emotions within a few seconds and also do justice to the concerned brand of product.

Can we know some of the brands where we have heard your voice?

Well, I have done jingles for Airtel, Ponds, Vimal, Samsung, ICICI Bank, Revital, Horlicks, Mortein, 7Up, Siyarams, Fortune Cooking Oil, Suncity, Manikchand, Odonil, Britannia and various others.

Of course, the most satisfying are film songs, where you get the maximum freedom to express your creative abilities, lend an original touch and create your own distinctive style. The onus is on you to make or break an original song. It gives one the highest recognition, as it is the most popular form of music in India.

You are basically from Kolkata. Was it difficult entering the Hindi film industry?

Six years back, I came to Mumbai from Kolkata. And the beginning was normal and humble. I made a demo tape and started my rounds of music directors’ offices, and went on to sing remixes, jingles and regional movie songs. And today, here I am.

How effective is formal training in singing?

I have done formal training in music under the tutelage of Shri Gautam Mukherji. I also did a two-year PG in light music from Mumbai University under the guidance of Pandit Achyut Thakur.

Does training help make singers?

No, it helps mould them. Music is God-gifted. Training helps polishing a singer’s skills.

How much has modern technology changed the way music is created?

It helps save studio time and costs. Technology is best when put to good use. And the music industry has surely done that.

Music transcends languages. But you have sung for Bengali, Telugu, Assamese and Oriya languages among others…

Yes, after ‘Wada Raha’ became popular, I also sang in Assamese, Oriya, Bengali and Telugu, the south foray was with Mr M M Kreem. The foray into different languages is because it gives me a different satisfaction and confidence to sing in various languages.

You are being talked about as the Voice of Akshay Kumar, and feel to get such adulation?

I am grateful to God, my listeners and all those who have helped me reach where I am today. I am enjoying every bit of recognition, but the key is in focusing on my work and not getting carried away by the adulation. I have a long journey ahead…

What next?

I want to better myself as a singer with each passing day, sing more and more meaningful and melodious songs and spread the message of love, peace and unity through music.

MATKA CHOWK
Lake Litter Bugs
Sreedhara Bhasin

Sukhna Lake is one of the most cherished and beautiful landmarks of Chandigarh. The lake is unparallel in its beauty. It has been designed with great creativity, landscaped with amazing grace and style and maintained with great zeal despite all odds.

It is one of my most favourite places in the city, although I wouldn’t be caught dead there on a Sunday evening. On weekends the lake is under siege. Masses congregate at the lake, seeking every possible city entertainment in a rustic setting.

They take boat rides, feed the ducks, indulge in games and fun and of course, eat a lot. Most eat in disposable containers and then true to the name, dispose them off everywhere and anywhere.

I enjoy the morning peace and beauty at the lake. The lake is even more attractive these days, since the migratory birds are resting there. But, come Monday morning and the lake is not a pretty sight. There is garbage everywhere – paper plates and plastic cups are rolling on the grass, Lay’s packets and candy wrappers have started wars amongst the critters, peanut shells and popcorn packets are stuck in the flower beds crushing the Dahlias. There is trash under the trees, between the hedges, on the trails and even wedged in the speakers. Of course, a good number of those are floating in the lake water.

An army of sweepers is usually out, using conventional as well as ingenious methods to collect this huge mass of trash. Some ride their bikes and scoop up the trash like polo players, some harpoon them up, some simply gather at terrific speed and some take to age-old brooming techniques. They do an amazing job! Within a couple of hours they restore the lakeside to its usual clean self. But, I can still see the mallards swimming around the Bisleri bottles. If you peer into the bushes on the walking trail, you too might see the squirrels burrowing around Pan Parag containers.

I am sure the authorities will deal with this in due time. Meanwhile, I have an idea! Everyone seen littering at the lake – why don’t we give him or her a badge stating that he/she has qualified as a successful littering agent? Maybe, we can make them wear the badge on their next visit to the lake and even give a discount from the food vendors! How about car stickers? They can be offered discounted parking, if they would be willing to display the sticker on their car – stating something like – “ I litter at the lake.”

I am afraid, the cleaning crew might lose this battle and one Monday morning I will be a witness to the scene of a final victory of trash over beauty!

Dancing Diva sizzles on Telly

Kareena Kapoor being declared the winner at Sahara One’s Indian Diva 2005
DANCING QUEEN : Kareena Kapoor being declared the winner at Sahara One’s Indian Diva 2005.

She has come a long way since her first film and is no more recognised just as the grey-eyed third generation of the royal family of Indian Cinema. Today the well-sculpted professional actress of Bollywood and with her recent popular win of SaharaOne Television’s Indian Diva—2005, she has proved her mettle once again. Beaming after her victory, the gorgeous lady lets out her excitement. This is what she has to say about her success;

Did you expect to be crowned as the Indian Diva-2005?

I danced to the tunes of the songs from my films and with the support of my fans, I guessed that maybe I could win and here I am really crowned as Indian Diva 2005! It does feel great!

Considering that you have had no formal training in dance, how did you manage?

Dancing has been in my genes and I have grown up watching a lot of movies. And I learnt it on the job.

Who was your favourite dancer you were competing with and why?

Bipasha Basu was my favourite because she danced extremely well with a lot of grace and she is very sexy, which made her performance so amazing to me.

What does dance mean to you?

I love to dance but Karisma is my all time favourite diva, who is simply an incredible dancer. This award is really close to me.

You danced to a beautiful medley of ‘Aisa Lagta Hai’, ‘Khushi’ and ‘Ore Kanchi’. Why did you choose these numbers specifically?

These numbers chart my beginning in the film industry, till this point of time. So my fans have been able to relate to me largely through these songs. Obviously, dancing to these numbers meant getting one step closer to my dear fans. —TNS 

Colour in the hair
Rajiv Bhatia

Hey guys, it is party time! And with it comes the opportunity to get all dressed up and win those hearts. But with that swanky attire, you need to get a hairdo. The cool thing about treating your hair with artificial colours is that you can change these often and do a lot of interesting things with these. So why not try something special for Christmas and New Year parties? Red is the in thing this time around as it will go with the spirit of Christmas.

Let fashion go straight to your hair. Wear warm shades in cool weather. Hair colours come in various shades, forms and qualities suiting your hair texture. Colours add beauty and glamour to our mundane lives.

“Red, light red, violet, blond copper, golden are in trend. You can get streaks of gold or get your hair coloured in burgundy. City youth prefer rich red and violet colours for New Year parties,” says Bhavana of Hair Raiserz Matrix, Sector-15, Chandigarh.

Hair colours have found a place in Bollywood as well. Serial kisser Imran Hashmi, stylish Vivek Oberoi, hot Mallika Arora and Big B have added a stylish touch to their hair in their recent flicks.

The new hair colours used these days are shades of red and brown. Hair experts go for hues of brown and red to suit the skin tone. Short hair looks more elegant with added colours. Colours are available in different forms like liquid cream and gel. Colour hairsprays are used for short-term treatment, whereas cream and liquid are used for permanent result.

“Hair colouring is done by various techniques like streaking, highlighting, global contrast. Youngsters mostly prefer streaking for long hairs and global contrast for short hair,” says Ishani Khan of Oleega, Fun Republic. To give best result to hair colour always use colour shampoo and conditioner, she adds.

“Honey, burgundy and brown are in vogue. Boys mostly prefer highlighted and streaks with brown and girls prefer honey colour,” says John of Tress Lounge.

“I will go for streaks of red and brown. It will suit my complexion and look better at the Christmas Eve party,” says Vikrant, a student of Panjab University.

Nowadays, customers mostly demand contrast and streaks than full hair colour. You can choose a number of shades like red, brown, burgundy. Rich red is also in,” says Ravi Bhardwaj, a hairstylist.

“I have light and short hair. I prefer to go with brown colour streaks on my hair to look better,” says Rajat of SD College.So folks, what are you waiting for? Go and get your hair a magic touch. 

Film & FASHION
Radiohead’s best albums

Radiohead
Radiohead

The highly acclaimed rock band Radiohead have released two of the best albums of all time, according to a new poll by the British magazine Q. According to contactmusic.com, Radiohead’s albums “Ok Computer” was voted the greatest album ever followed by the band’s earlier release “The Bends”. The band, fronted by singer Thom Yorke, has a total of three on the all time list with their 2001 release “Kid A” also placed high. The top 10 are as follows: Radiohead - “Ok Computer”; Radiohead - “The Bends” ; Nirvana - “Nevermind”; The Beatles - “Revolver”; Oasis - “Definitely Maybe” ; The Stone Roses - “The Stone Roses” R.E.M. - “Automatic For The People” ; Oasis - “(What’s the story) Morning Glory”? ; U2 - “Achtung Baby”; Radiohead - “Kid A”. —IANS

‘Kings and Queen’ is best foreign film

The French movie ‘Kings and Queen’ has been named the best foreign film on the site IndieWire’s annual poll. According to contactmusic.com, the film directed by Arnaud Desplechin beat out Wong Karwai’s film “2046” for the top spot. The German director Michael Haneke was voted the best director for his movie “Cache (Hidden)”. The actors Bruno Ganz (Downfall) and Roamin Duris (The Beat My Heart Skipped) tied for best actor and Emmanuell Devos was best actress. The director Desplechin also picked up the honour for best screenplay for “Kings and Queen.” — IANS

Jhonny Depp
Jhonny Depp

Naomi Campbell
Naomi Campbell

Johnny Depp most wanted

Oscar nominated actor Johnny Depp was the most searched name in movies this year by users of the Internet film site imdb.com. According to contactmusic.com, Depp was the most searched person on a site, which receives close to 30 million visitors a month. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt came in second due to their high-profile relationship. The newcomers on the list this year were Rachel McAdams and Jessica Alba. The managing director of imdb.com Keith Simanton says: “The starmeter reflects actual public interest in an individual celebrity. This list captures a snapshot in time of just how much attention these stars attracted. “It’s also interesting to see who tumbled out of the top 25 this year - a list that includes Jennifer Garner, who was on maternity leave for a good portion of the year; Vigo Mortensen, who needed more than a “History Of Violence” to keep his standing of No 23 last year; and Halle Berry, whose “Catwoman” turn last year kept her in the spotlight at No 19 but who is at No 63 this year.” —IANS

No resolution for Naomi

British supermodel Naomi Campbell has vowed not to make any resolutions this New Year because she is disheartened by her inability to stick to them. According to contactmusic.com, Campbell has instead opted out to relax and spend more time with her dogs. And she started by lavishing luxury gifts on her pets this Christmas.
She says: “Well I’m not making any resolutions because you only break them.
I’m just looking forward to spoiling my dogs Luna and Venus in Africa, and Dolce in London. I got them gifts from Harrods this year. They’re gorgeous.” —IANS 

TAROT TALK
What the cards say today...
P. KHURRANA

ARIES : A father figure comes to your aid. Thoughts of giving up midway are high. So weigh pros and cons wisely. For some, a flirtation is a likely and happy distraction this evening. A Cancerian surprises you with a generous gift. Lucky number : 3. Lucky Colour : Red. LIBRA :  You could have many public rivals. A loving interaction with your beloved is indicated. Focus on routine work and maintain a low profile. Overseas contracts are lucrative. Lucky number : 10 Lucky colour : Scarlet. 
TAURUS : Finances need urgent sorting out today and your idea and plan is to invest and save wisely for a secure future. A happy event celebrated at home is enjoyable and keeps you on your toes. Lucky number : 1. Lucky Colour : Golden yellow.
SCORPIO:  You make an important effort to resolve family issues. A business venture is gainful.  Soul searching helps in many ways. Love wise, many promising opportunities come your way. Lucky number : 2. Lucky Colour : Coffee. 
GEMINI : You struggle to keep your temper in check today. Professional life today dominates your mind although not much is happening. Short work related journeys are tiring, bringing in not more than mixed results. Lucky number :10.  Lucky colour :  Jade. 
SAGITTARIUS : You will find yourself misunderstood and isolated. This day is going to test you mentally and physically. Business and  work opportunities are plenty. Take one step at a time to climb up the ladder of success.  Lucky number : 10 Lucky colour : Royal blue.  
CANCER : Participation in a charitable activity is indicated today. The share market yields good profits after the recent uncertain phase. Tune in to your favourite music and unwind with loved ones. Lucky number :  6. Lucky colour : Forest green
CAPRICORN : New business deals offered to you are worth considering.   Artists get acclaim for their work and make good money on their work. If married, you draw closer to your spouse and hence plan a romantic evening together. Lucky number : 12.  Lucky colour : Pale yellow. 
LEO : You are on your own, as friends and close relatives refuse to come to your aid. Poetry and literary gatherings hold your interest today. Despite your best efforts and willingness to compromise, domestic life may remain disturbed. Lucky number : 12. Lucky colour : Sky blue. 
AQUARIUS : Stability and inner strength is what you’re looking for and you will find Taurean lovers  helpful in your journey. Soul searching helps in many ways. Make amends and stay happy this evening. Lucky number : 18. Lucky colour : Crimson.  
VIRGO : If you are fighting a legal battle, you win after a slight delay. An important project is likely to encounter hurdles. You have to test a number of permutations and combinations to fine-tune your business strategy. Lucky number : 6 Lucky colour :Chocolate brown. 
PISCES: Be safe than sorry, is your motto today and a wise one too. An office romance for some gets you into trouble. Be assertive where and when you have to. Business people reap rich dividends from old/ new ventures. Lucky number :5.  Lucky Colour : Yellow.




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