CHANDIGARH INDEX

 





Kitchen Katha
Kitchen is a woman’s domain, but men are re-writing the script, says Parbina Rashid
Do you think the kitchen as essentially a woman’s domain? You are right, but only partially. A woman may spend a major part of her productive life cooking and cleaning in this area, but when it comes to the designing part, guess what, its once again man who has marched ahead. Meet Malkit Singh, the kitchen proud man of the city who lives in Sector 48, who has not just designed it but works full time in it too. And his kitchen bears all masculine signs if you care to look around carefully.

                                                                    Sonia Manchanda’s spacious kitchen 

Reformatting the mind
You can get rid of negative feelings brought about by social conditioning and other factors by simply rebooting the CPU of your mind, says Saurabh Malik after talking to a brain programmer
Logging on to a network of accomplishments, he has reprogrammed his mind to push bad habits into the recycle bin of his memory after reformatting his life.

FUTURE PERFECT: Rajinder Rozy and Mallika Singh.Rozy future
Theatre artistes Rajinder Rozy and Mallika Singh have a reason to celebrate. This mother-daughter duo has been invited by the Ajoka Theatre group in Pakistan to act in one of their productions called Dukh Dariya, which is going to be a part of the International Theatre Festival, scheduled to be held in Lahore from February 18.

 

FUTURE PERFECT: Rajinder Rozy and Mallika Singh. — Photo by Malkiat Singh

The three American educators conducting a workshop on hairstyling at Salochna’s, Sector 8, Chandigarh.Romancing the locks
Anandita Gupta
Valentine hype must have fizzed out, but the city’s still brimming with romance. And as the lovebirds let loose and have fun, they’re getting to embrace, not just each other but also—style. A hint of chutzpah, some firebrand energy and a snazzy look. Well, that’s what style’s all about and the city saloons seem to be knowing best. For, luxuriating in a hair styling lounge seems to be the latest happening thing in town.

HAIR RAISING: The three American educators conducting a workshop on hairstyling at Salochna’s, Sector 8, Chandigarh.

A brush with Page 3
Glamour wrapped it may be, but page 3 journalism is much more than just shimmer and glitter, says Anandita Gupta, after meeting Nupur Mahajan Sinh, brand director, Verve, at a local party
A husky Konkena Sen (remember Page 3?) with a jhola on her shoulders and a hunger for a scoop in her kohl-rimmed eyes. A hesitant Karishma Kapoor, entering her royal palace, post her wedding to a Rajput prince (who’ll forget Zubeida?). Wonder what’s the connection between these two?

Nature beckons
Gayatri Rajwade
Olive, jade, emerald and fern greens mingled with muddy browns, muffled yellows, splashes of red and brushes of ink blue, all create vibrant hues of nature cascading lushly in each painting.

Satinder SartajSufiana spell
S.D. Sharma
The very flash of the memory of a standing ovation accorded by a multitude of artists and connoisseurs at the 32 nations Dubai  International Cultural Fest-2003, rejuvenates the young sufi singer  Satinder Sartaj from Punjab University. The singer had won the  Best Sufi singer award there, besides having been  commended as lead vocalist and performer in folk dance competition at the prestigious festival.

Satinder Sartaj — Photo by Vinay Malik

COOLSTUFF
Autumn collection
Pepe Jeans London, the number one denim and casual wear brand is all set for the Autumn Winter season end sale. Avail discounts upto 50% from January 25, 2006 till February 20, 2006. Pick up the trendiest, stylish and chic designs at much lower prices.

The show begins
The show must go on..’ and keeping up the spirit of the saying , once the  noted theatre director Surender Sharma was constrained to cast his younger brother in the lead female role of Mallika while staging a show of Mohan Rakesh’s  ‘Ashad ka ek din’ at Karnal. Commencing with a mundane and hesitant start versatile actor Rajender Sharma rose to the occasion and portrayed the feminine sentiment with brilliance winning lofty applause especially form the women audience.

Colours of freedom
Parbina Rashid
It was a sense of inner freedom, which brought two old friends Neenu Vij and Preeti Sahota together to work on a series ‘Somewhere I Belong’. Preeti found it in the vast open spaces in the USA and for Neenu, freedom came from the realisation about life’s significance. So as colour flows in gay abandon in Neenu’s paintings, balanced aesthetically with finger strokes, Preeti’s paintings stand out for their textured effect, which the artist has successfully achieved through the back-of-the-brush method.

NEW RELEASES
A still from ‘Chingari’Fly high with ‘members only’
A Sohail Khan production ‘Fight Club’ is directed by Vickram Chopra. The film has a tagline ‘Members Only’. Zayed Khan, Dino Morea, Sohail Khan, Suniel Shetty, Aashish Chaudhary, Ashmit Patel, Yash Tonk, Dia Mirza, Amrita Arora and Neha Dhupia stars in ‘Fight Club’ which is an exhilarating journey of four friends in a constant endeavour to help each other get entangled in a web of incidents—romantic, funny and all that test the extremes of their friendship. The movie opens today at Piccadilly and the Fun Republic, Mani Majra.

A still from ‘Chingari’

FILM & FASHION
Sienna, Jude finally separate
Sienna Miller has finally put an end to her torrid relationship with Jude Law once and for all, by moving out of her fellow Hollywood star’s home.

YOUTH SPEAK
Make education result oriented
The future of my country depends to a very large extent on the quality of its future citizens, namely the youth. And the quality of life that the youth is leading inturn depends on their environment, the value system they inherit and the education they get.

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






Kitchen Katha

Kitchen is a woman’s domain, but men are re-writing the script, says Parbina Rashid

Malkit Singh making his favourite dish

FOODIES’ DOMAIN: (Top) Malkit Singh making his favourite dish, (below) Raj Tanwar’s favourite place of the house. Photos: Manoj Mahajan and Vicky Garu

Raj Tanwar’s favourite place of the house.

Do you think the kitchen as essentially a woman’s domain? You are right, but only partially. A woman may spend a major part of her productive life cooking and cleaning in this area, but when it comes to the designing part, guess what, its once again man who has marched ahead.

Meet Malkit Singh, the kitchen proud man of the city who lives in Sector 48, who has not just designed it but works full time in it too. And his kitchen bears all masculine signs if you care to look around carefully. And prominent among them is the big decanter, which is used for making homemade wine. Before you wrinkle your nose in disgust, we assure you, this renowned artist, who retired from the Government College of Art, is not the bohemian-type who will survive on wine and toasts. With the equal ease and finesse with which he handles his easel and brush, he can make makki ki roti and sarso ka saag.

"Since I spend a major part of my life in this area, I have done it according to my tastes," says Malkit and looking at the huge pile of dirty dishes in the sink, we know he is telling us the truth. So the wall that originally divided the cooking area from the dining area has been pulled down so that it gives the artist a sense of life around. The black granite shelf that dominates the kitchen is well coordinated with wooden cupboards speaks of the aesthetic sense of the artist.

Another artist who knows about his kitchen as much as his wife does is Viren Tanwar, another famous artist living in the same sector. Done in black and while, a little bit of red thrown in, the cooking area of Tanwar’s home is as artistic as the rest of the flat. "The black and white gives the impression of space and the red adds a little zing to it. The area is designed to accommodate everything, right from the utensils to the fridge and the washing machine and working it in is a pleasurable experience," says Raj Tanwar, his wife.

For Sonia Manchanda, her only demand was that it should be spacious. And she got what she wanted. Her newly-build Sector 19 has a kitchen big enough to feed the army. "We all chipped in the designing part, right from choosing the titles to the design of the cupboards. The main emphasis was a neat look and the basic comfort," says Sonia.

But that was all about amateur designers. With modular kitchen making a big entry in the city, the real designers are once again the man folk. Modern Kitchens, which promises innovative range of mix-n-match, has three men designing modular kitchens for the city. "We create our own designs according to the availability of space, needs and of course the budget," says Vikram Joshi. So whose opinion they usually seek when doing up a kitchen? "For the designing part the woman of the house and for the estimation the man," says Joshi.

And if there is a tussle between creativity and money, which one wins mostly? "Money of course," he says, confirming what we already suspected. But then was there ever a doubt?

 

Reformatting the mind

You can get rid of negative feelings brought about by social conditioning and other factors by simply rebooting the CPU of your mind, says Saurabh Malik after talking to a brain programmer

Photo: Vinay MalikLogging on to a network of accomplishments, he has reprogrammed his mind to push bad habits into the recycle bin of his memory after reformatting his life.

Of course, rebooting wasn’t easy. Business executive Rajbir Singh (name changed to protect identity) had to take the help of neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) experts. Together, they scanned the hard disk of his mind to terminate the virus of smoking and drinking that had been deleting healthy files of his life ever since he was in his teens.

Just in case you are unfamiliar with NLP, it’s a science that originated in mid-seventies with a linguist and a mathematician taking strong interest in successful people, psychology, language and computer programming.

NLP experts claim that the science helps people in bringing about a change in their existence by teaching them to programme their brains. One such professional Ashwani Kumar, in Chandigarh all the way from Ahmedabad for a session, says: "We have no instruction manual for the brain. The NLP offers a user-manual for the same".

Describing the NLP as "software for the brain", he says it can help in generating happiness and bringing about excellence. In fact, with the help of few simple techniques, the NLP can transform the personality by eliminating negative thinking brought about by social conditioning and other factors`85. It is already being used by corporate houses to improve management operations, besides inter-personal and intra-personal skills, for achieving excellence.

To a discerning ear, it may sound just like another "management funda". Those critical of the technique insist definitions like the NLP meaning different things to different people, is all very vague and ambiguous. Furthermore, it relies heavily on the notion of unconscious mind constantly influencing conscious thought and action. Some practitioners advertising on the WWW do not project the right picture by making grand claims about the NLP’s power to help just about anybody, claim critics.

But to Rajbir there is much more to it. Sitting in his Sector 34 office, he recalls with a shudder: "Disturbed family life, existence in a hostel away from separated parents and easy flow of money from both of them, all contributed to make my life hell."

Surrounded by pals, Rajbir would sit alone in the room and pull the stick of doom out of the cigarette case with automatic fingers.

Tapping the ash into the sparkling cut glass full of golden liquor, he would gulp drink after drink before dancing away the evening into wee hours. All this continued till he was picked up by a multinational for looking after its operations in this part of the region.

"It was then I realised something has to be done," says Rajbir. "I tried meditation, but couldn’t concentrate. Counseling did not help. A psychiatrist I bumped into made me feel worse. It was then I heard about an NLP session. I took the risk. For, I had nothing to lose. It paid off. Today, I am cured and heading the operations". Well folks, it’s a matter of faith, trust and taking the first step. You can give it a try.

 

Rozy future

Theatre artistes Rajinder Rozy and Mallika Singh have a reason to celebrate. This mother-daughter duo has been invited by the Ajoka Theatre group in Pakistan to act in one of their productions called Dukh Dariya, which is going to be a part of the International Theatre Festival, scheduled to be held in Lahore from February 18.

It comes as a special honour as Rajinder Rozy is the second artiste from this region to act in a Pakistani production after famous actor Zohra Sehgal, who a couple of years ago acted in a famous play Ek Thi Nani across the border.

“It will be an honour to work with famous Pakistani theatre personality Madiha Gauhar,” says Rozy, who will portray the character of ‘Koser’, the main protagonist of this female oriented play by Shahid Nadeem. “It’s a challenging role which is based on real incident,” she adds. What is more, her 9-year-old daughter, who is already an established stage actor (with two Best Actor’s award by the Punjabi Academy Delhi to her credit), is going to portray the role of her daughter on stage.

Rozy, who has given about 1500 stage performances, is a recipient of the Best Actress award by the Punjabi Academy Delhi for her outstanding performance in Pinjar and also for Prindey Jaan Hum Kithey.

— Parbina Rashid

Romancing the locks
Anandita Gupta

Valentine hype must have fizzed out, but the city’s still brimming with romance. And as the lovebirds let loose and have fun, they’re getting to embrace, not just each other but also—style.

A hint of chutzpah, some firebrand energy and a snazzy look. Well, that’s what style’s all about and the city saloons seem to be knowing best.

For, luxuriating in a hair styling lounge seems to be the latest happening thing in town. Every woman wants to stop the hands of time and look much younger than she actually is. And fiddling with her locks seems to be the key towards achieving it!

Cashing in on the growing love for styling of hair, most city saloons are busy pampering our crowning glories no end. Not only are these saloons styling, colouring and conditioning our hair in a lounge like comfort, but also organising various interactive programmes for their staff and customers.

In line with the growing trend, Salochna’s hair studio recently organised an interactive workshop, wherein three L’Oreal hair experts from USA trained the saloon’s stylists on hair colouring and styling.

Holding the designation of Artistic Educators, these three professionals (Anthony Skoog, Mary Anderson and Angela Oberoi) educated the saloon hairdressers and guests about the current trends in hairstyling. Comparing Indian fashion with American, they talked about the colours that work well with the Indian complexion. They discussed how black plain Jane hair were fast giving way to browns, reds and mochas.

Tress Lounge, Sector 35 held this workshop wherein Peter Dutton, a hair expert from New Zealand conducted a training programme on straightening, haircuts and hair stylists.

Beams Salochna Ahuja, “ Earlier I conducted a workshop on bridal make-up and it worked quite well. In fact it was such a hit that I’ll soon be having another one. In these workshops, we get not just information but very interesting inputs too. Plus, it’s very important to upgrade our knowledge about both national and international beauty and hair styling trends and workshops help in the same. ”No wonder, the lady’s organised about 60 workshops in since last 25 years.

Agrees Munish Bajaj, director Tress Lounge, “Perfection is something which can’t be claimed ever. So I want my hair stylists to constantly improve and it comes only with exposure. So its there that the workshops come in.”

So, isn’t it all a publicity gimmick? “Not really, as saloons can do that by calling celebs, but they prefer hair and beauty experts,” chips in famous beauty and hair expert Indira Alhuwalia, who’s busy conducting many workshops in India and abroad.

Well, consumers are the kings now. Not only are the service providers pampering them with the best of services, but also roping in resources to get them infotainment and entertainment! 

A brush with Page 3

 Nupur shaking a leg at a bash thrown in by the Finesse Institute for Language, Sector 32, Chandigarh.
CHILLING OUT: Nupur shaking a leg at a bash thrown in by the Finesse Institute for Language, Sector 32, Chandigarh. — Photo by Parvesh Chauhan

Glamour wrapped it may be, but page 3 journalism is much more than just shimmer and glitter, says Anandita Gupta, after meeting Nupur Mahajan Sinh, brand director, Verve, at a local party
A husky Konkena Sen (remember Page 3?) with a jhola on her shoulders and a hunger for a scoop in her kohl-rimmed eyes. A hesitant Karishma Kapoor, entering her royal palace, post her wedding to a Rajput prince (who’ll forget Zubeida?). Wonder what’s the connection between these two?

Well, city girl Nupur Mahajan Sinh is actually all that these two movie characters were—a page 3 journalist and an abiding daughter-in-law of a royal gharana (in Saurashtra). But what outstands these two facts is the sheer weight of her achievements.

At a young age of 28, this lady’s already the brand director of Verve, India’s premium luxury and lifestyle magazine. And that’s not all. She’s worked with Bombay times, Life & Style, radio city, Downtown and even Star News. With country’s who’s who as her chuddy-buddies (the list includes Sushmita Sen, Amisha Patel, Salman Khan, Urmila, Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Ambani, Imran Khan and many more, how does this woman feel?

We find out—

Many say that Page 3 journalists don’t do any serious stuff. How frivolous is this kind of journalism according to you?

Well, doing the society pages is as frivolous as one makes it. If one just writes about parties and how glamorous or shabby the society’s who’s who looked, it’s not good journalism. However, if you use these events to make contacts with biggies and do more serious, human stories on them later, page 3 stuff is a great platform.

How would relate yourself to the kind of work you do?

I’m a very different person professionally and personally. I may be a cut-throat professional, meeting new challenges everyday, travelling and interacting with people extensively, but personally, I’m a housewife too, who respects the traditions of her family

Your lifestyle?

Very challenging. I’m married in a royal Rajput family, where the daughters-in-law keep their faces veiled and don’t work. I work, but at the same time, respect all the other customs.

Something about your ‘prince charming’?

(Laughs) Well, he’s literally a prince. But he’s indeed a gem of a person. He’s always inspired me to strive for greater heights. I remember the days when he used to pick me up at 3.30 in the morning. Who says there’s always just a woman behind a man’s success? The vice versa holds true too.

How’s Chandigarh as a place.

I’ve travelled extensively but find Chandigarh one of the most beautiful places of the world. It’s well planned with so much of lush wild open spaces and expansive trees. My parents are staying here and I just love it whenever I come here from Bombay, which is all concrete.

Mantras for success

Never get overawed by any personality. Ask them the questions which no body else has till now and do offbeat stories on them. Remember, if you are looking for a good story, even they are. Build contacts, and also a name for yourself. And one day, you won’t go to the country’s top notch personalities. They will come to you!

Well, the handful of cues that the lady dispels off shelves are through experience and success. As we raise a toast to her success, lets remember that page 3 journalism is only petty if we make it. Otherwise who wouldn’t like to know the spiritual side of Yash Birla or the entrepreneur in Sachin Tendulkar?

Nature beckons
Gayatri Rajwade


—Photo by Parvesh Chauhan

Olive, jade, emerald and fern greens mingled with muddy browns, muffled yellows, splashes of red and brushes of ink blue, all create vibrant hues of nature cascading lushly in each painting.

Rumina’s burst of ‘Dialogue with Nature’ is about sharing, experiencing and feeling the abundance of nature through oils on canvas.

Her first solo exhibition, Rumina has participated in several group showings all of which without any formal training in art as a child. “All I remember is picking up the pencil and drawing lines with it endlessly.”

A diploma in textiles and a graduation did not deter her from going back to her first love and in 1997 she joined the Bama Academy of Fine Arts, Panchkula, to hone in her talents.

“Nature inspires” is her simple mantra. “I relate each of my paintings to life for life is alive, abundant, magnificent, glorious and beautiful like nature.”

Seventeen works of art give due credit to her ‘muse’—Manali replete with images of mountains, vistas, woods and dales.

With an almost fervent attention to detail, each painting holds depth of meaning. ‘Epic journey to green pastures’ is a confident work depicting death (in a chopped tree-trunk), life (greenery in various shades) and a hutment with the door ajar and light glowing within.

An “experimental work” titled ‘Fusion of Liveliness’ with two butterflies flitting carelessly, draped in colour flowing down within the fixed images of the two creatures is a lovely splash of creativity.

Even—‘Awe of raindrops’—an outsized leaf nestled between two others is lively in form bathed in green, Rumina’s favourite colour depicting “prosperity and the soothing aspects of life.”

‘Beginning to and end’ is a long shaded road casting its tints in the glow of autumn in effervescent colours of yellow, stretching as far as the eye can see—the long leaf-crunching journey of life.

Light and shade, warm and cold tones (‘Beckoning of woody nature’—the only sombre work in rich textures with zinc oxide in browns and greys), “things may not be resplendent in nature but may still draw you to them,” is an attempt at reaching a wider panorama called life.

The exhibition is on at the IndusInd Bank Art Gallery, Sector 8-C till February 17, 2006

Sufiana spell
S.D. Sharma

The very flash of the memory of a standing ovation accorded by a multitude of artists and connoisseurs at the 32 nations Dubai  International Cultural Fest-2003, rejuvenates the young sufi singer  Satinder Sartaj from Punjab University. The singer had won the  Best Sufi singer award there, besides having been  commended as lead vocalist and performer in folk dance competition at the prestigious festival.

“ Though Satinder had been credited with various presentations on radio, TV channels and awards but winning the top position in Sufina music among the contenders from the hub of Sufism was by no means a small achievement, says Dr. Pankaj Mala Sharma, his mentor and guide.”

Living in the sleepy village of Bajrawarpur  in Hoshiarpur , the prodigious child, Satinder was too naďve to understand and realize the phenomenon of ecological growth.

Curiously, he used to marvel at the beauty and fragrance of flowers, spectrum of rainbow, the water springs in the calm surroundings besides the melodic strains of music that flowed from a flute and sarangi which the wandering folk  and sufi musicians played.

As a child he developed a taste for the pristine Punjabi folklore and the sufiana qalaams though seemingly it was not within his conceptual grasp. However an intense yearning to learn and imbibe the rich mysticism of sufiana music dominated in his educational career.

Following the dictates of his inner soul, Satinder  concentrated on his sufiana musical career having done his M. Phil in Sufi gayan and is pursuing a doctorate in Sufi gayan from Punjab University. With a view to have an intimate feel of the divine effulgence and mystic experiences of the  greats like Jalludin Rumi , Shams Tabrezi from Iran , Satinder had secured a diploma in Persian with distinction.

Reveling in the glory of  the mysticism of  Baba Farid,  Bulle Shah, Sultan Bahu,  Shah Hussain and others, the  accomplished singer Satinder Pal had just recorded an album of Sufi gayan  being released shortly. 

COOLSTUFF
Autumn collection

Pepe Jeans London, the number one denim and casual wear brand is all set for the Autumn Winter season end sale. Avail discounts upto 50% from January 25, 2006 till February 20, 2006. Pick up the trendiest, stylish and chic designs at much lower prices.

The Pepe Jeans Autumn Winter collection truly inspired collection from themes like ‘Bits and pieces’ and ‘Dream catcher’ for women and ‘Eaton Fields’, ‘Expedition’ and ‘Indigo Eccentrics’ for men has many exciting things to offer. Ladies can choose from vintage cords, scarves, cotton twills and double dip denims. Men can look sporty with graphics of various sports and sporting heroes. For the rugged, untamed and adventurous there are shirts with heavy cords, heavy pigment canvas and close woven nylons. Trousers are multi – utility and are truly outdoor functional.

Don’t forget to grab the smart accessories like scarves, wallets, caps, skull caps to belts, socks, bags, duffle bags etc. They too are on sale!

What you waiting for then, rush to the nearest Pepe Jeans outlet and make most of this opportunity as everything on sale is for grabs. High-fashion rarely comes cheap! Hurry before the best pieces last!!

Marica introduces Saffola Gold

Marico Limited, maker of Saffola oil, has introduced Saffola Gold with improved LoSorb Technology that allows upto 22% lesser absorption of oil while frying. Available in packaging of 5 litres, 2 litres and 1 litres, Saffola Gold with LoSorb is priced at Rs.449, Rs. 178 and Rs. 89 respectively.

Retro inspired sunglasses

Tommy Hilfiger has introduced retro inspired sunglasses for both men and women. These sunglasses define the youthful style of American tradition. They also feature 100% of the recommended ANSI Z80.3 for sun protection. A wide range of colours include Silver, Gunmetal, Brown, Blue and Pink. Tommy Hilfiger eyewear comprising of over 70 styles across and are priced between Rs. 3,000 and Rs. 5,800.

Kenwood system

Kenwood, the best known in Indian Car entertainment segment, has introduced KDC-MP3029, the car stereo systems with state-of-the-art technology user-friendly features. KDC-MP 3029 is an impressively specified real looker with a digital display and smart-looking buttons. Compatible with both the mainstream MP3 compressed music data format and high compression WMA format that delivers high quality sound with a smaller file, KDC-MP3029 also features a folder selection function that makes finding folders that hold various music files fast and easy.

The show begins

Rajender Sharma
Rajender Sharma
— Photo by Vinay Malik

The show must go on..’ and keeping up the spirit of the saying , once the  noted theatre director Surender Sharma was constrained to cast his younger brother in the lead female role of Mallika while staging a show of Mohan Rakesh’s  ‘Ashad ka ek din’ at Karnal. Commencing with a mundane and hesitant start versatile actor Rajender Sharma rose to the occasion and portrayed the feminine sentiment with brilliance winning lofty applause especially form the women audience.

It was much before the renaissance of Theatrical arts when region faced a dearth competent female actors.

A veteran of over fifty productions including twenty directorial assignments staged under the aegis of his Nirupama Rangmanch and later ‘Act and Art academy ,Rajender Sharma is emerging stronger as a proponent of quality theatre striking an adequate  balance between his passion of performing arts and profession of Income tax consultant.

‘ A good script with a potent theme of prismatic quality is necessary for a successful production’ says Rajender. He had so far produced and directed plays by the celebrity playwrights like Romesh Mehta, Rajinder Sharma and above all Vijay Tendulkar , the angry playwright of Indian theatre . Rajender  is an ardent admirer of  dramatic genius of Vijay Tendulakar and his creative writings which are endowed  with infinite subtlety and  built on a pattern of contrast. As a salutation to the literary prominence of Padmabhushan Vijay Tendulkar the Art and Act Academy under the direction of Rajender Shrama is dedicating a five day festival of his plays from February 19 to February 23 at the Tagore theatre. The much acclaimed plays from the playwright icon Vijay Tendulkar include Kanyadaan, Baby, Panchh Aise aate hain, The Chief minister and Jaat hi puchho sadhu ki.

—S.D. Sharma

Colours of freedom
Parbina Rashid


COLOURFUL BONDING: A landscape in oil by Preeti Sahota.

It was a sense of inner freedom, which brought two old friends Neenu Vij and Preeti Sahota together to work on a series ‘Somewhere I Belong’.

Preeti found it in the vast open spaces in the USA and for Neenu, freedom came from the realisation about life’s significance.

So as colour flows in gay abandon in Neenu’s paintings, balanced aesthetically with finger strokes, Preeti’s paintings stand out for their textured effect, which the artist has successfully achieved through the back-of-the-brush method.

Neenu’s abstracts are visually appealing for the movement each of her paintings possesses. And once you give them a close look, forms appear giving you a direction amidst the riot of colour. While ‘Soulmate’ has the silhouette of two persons, ‘Companion’ — two trees side-by-side —shows the established relationship between two individuals.

An abstract by Neenu Vij in acrylic on paper.
An abstract by Neenu Vij in acrylic on paper.
— Photo by Parvesh Chauhan 

Similarly ‘The Autumn Cascade’ has no symbolic tree, only colours to indicate the rhythm and the lyrics of nature.

Neenu started her career with painting portraits and then slowly graduated to landscapes and semi-abstracts. She is always ready to experiment with forms as she says, “I did not want the intensity of my thought to be enslaved in the boundaries of shape and brush, by letting my fingers to feel the sensitivity of colours and spreading them into forms which comes naturally and instantaneously. I am giving the viewer the total freedom of imagination.”

While Neenu has tried to bring in a variety of texture into her paintings by using acrylic on paper, Preeti does it by scratching the oil paint with the back of her brush. Though her works have a well-defined layered look, the texture infuses life among the trees and grasses, which are the dominant variants in her landscapes.

Her paintings ‘Infinity’, ‘Sing Silence’, ‘On the Way’ and ‘A Walk on the Central Park’, among others, reflect simplicity with a sense of infinity. The sensitivity of the subject and the finery of technique make the exhibition a must see.

Fly high with ‘members only’

A Sohail Khan production ‘Fight Club’ is directed by Vickram Chopra. The film has a tagline ‘Members Only’. Zayed Khan, Dino Morea, Sohail Khan, Suniel Shetty, Aashish Chaudhary, Ashmit Patel, Yash Tonk, Dia Mirza, Amrita Arora and Neha Dhupia stars in ‘Fight Club’ which is an exhilarating journey of four friends in a constant endeavour to help each other get entangled in a web of incidents—romantic, funny and all that test the extremes of their friendship. The movie opens today at Piccadilly and the Fun Republic, Mani Majra.

Director Vickram Chopra is excited about his project ‘Fight Club’. This is a maiden venture marking his debut as a director. Pritam of ‘Dhoom’ fame has composed music for ‘Fight Club’ that give action a whole new meaning and take you on a maiden voyage full of comedy romance, thrills and action like never before.

‘Chingari’ explored

Made under the banner of the Perfect Magic ‘Chingari’ is produced by Vikas Sahani and Kalpana Lajmi. This one is Kalpana Lajmi’s sixth presentation, which brings out the real life love story of a prostitute with a village postman. It is an unusual story that plays out on two levels. The film deals with religious opposition and exploitation of the illiterate. The film is a bold attempt by Kalpana Lajmi and has been scripted by Bhupen Hazarika. ‘Chingari’ is being released at Kiran, Chandigarh, and the Fun Republic, Manimajra.

Mithun Chakraborty plays a priest while Ila Arun is the madame of the brothel Sushmita Sen works in. Former Miss World-Universe Sushmita Sen has cast herself in the role of a village girl. Anuj Sawhney also plays an important character.

Aadesh Srivastava has composed 10 soundtracks with meaningful lyrics by Sameer.

Kalpana Lajmi is confident that her new film ‘Chingari’ will highlight the aspects of the lives of sex workers which were untouched so far.

— D.P.

 

FILM & FASHION
Sienna, Jude finally separate

Sienna Miller has finally put an end to her torrid relationship with Jude Law once and for all, by moving out of her fellow Hollywood star’s home.
The British actress, who has maintained an on-off relationship with Law since his affair with his children’s nanny last year, and has ever since made numerous unsuccessful attempts of reconciliation, was spotted removing all her possessions from Law’s Maida Vale, London home. “She begged Jude to give it one last try, but he had moved on and he thinks it’s time she does, too. She eventually got the message and packed up all her stuff,” Contactmusic quoted a friend of Miller’s, as telling The Daily Mirror. — ANI

The ‘psycho’ mom

Singer Peter Andre’s model wife Jordan recently revealed that the post-natal depression she suffered after the birth of her son Junior last year, turned her into a ‘psycho woman’.

The tabloid favourite said as a result of the post-natal depression, not only did she end up arguing with people for little or no reason, but she also had a difficult time bonding with her newborn son.

“I was a right psycho woman. I was arguing with everyone and no one knew why. My feelings were all mixed up and it was really confusing. I felt like people were giving Junior more attention than me. I wasn’t bothered about touching Junior,” The Sun quoted her, as telling OK! magazine. — ANI

Joss StoneFather is the driving force: Joss Stone

Soul sensation Joss Stone has thanked her father for being the driving force behind her singing career, insisting he taught her the values of hard work and dedication.
The 18-year-old star, who resented her patriarch’s domineering attitude during her childhood is, however, brimming with gratitude now, as she strongly feels that a good parenting is responsible for shaping a child’s future. She also urges every parent to treat their children the same.—ANI

Madonna on world tour

It’s the announcement fans of music icon Madonna have been waiting for a long time, and now the wait is over, for the queen of pop recently revealed that she will be setting out on a tour this summer.
The ‘hung-up’ singer tried to keep a lid on her plans, but her excitement got the better of her, and she confirmed that she would indeed be hitting the road soon.—ANI

Ally Mcbeal suffers from eating disorder

Actor Harrison Ford’s ladylove Calista Flockhart has blamed the exhausting schedule of her hit TV show Ally McBeal for fuelling rumours that she is suffering from an eating disorder. The 41-year-old actress, who played the role of the flustered lawyer McBeal for five years, said that it was her hectic schedule that had caused her to lose weight.
“I am thin. I have always been thin. When I was doing Ally, I remember at one point it was like a runaway train and I thought, ‘What’s going on?’” Contactmusic quoted her, as saying.—ANI

Lindsay LohanLindsey Lohan dates Ryan Adams

Hollywood actress Lindsay Lohan has been linked romantically to rocker Ryan Adams, after her pals spotted her dating the handsome star several times.

Lohan is said to be thrilled to have bagged a hit making hunk, as she finds musicians “sexy”, but her friends insist it’s nothing but love, as the pair have become almost inseparable.

“She’s spending all her free time with him and stayed at his Greenwich Village apartment in New York almost every night,” Contactmusic quoted a friend, as saying.—ANI

 

Ex-Spice girl plays music for unborn baby

Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell is so keen for her unborn baby to be born musical, that she keeps playing her old hits, as she wants the child to get accustomed to music, right from its pre-birth stage. The pregnant star believes that her soon-to-arrive baby has already become a huge fan of their former girl band, as the foetus inside her womb responds whenever it hears their old songs. The expecting hit maker is sure this is a good sign.
“The baby loves the Spice Girls. She’s awake and kicking whenever I play our old songs,” Contactmusic quoted her, as saying.—ANI

Make education result oriented

Sumit NarulaThe future of my country depends to a very large extent on the quality of its future citizens, namely the youth. And the quality of life that the youth is leading inturn depends on their environment, the value system they inherit and the education they get.

Unfortunately, however, the system of education in our country has reached a very decadent stage. The basic problem here is that the people belonging from economically lower strata have always been ignored. Education is a fundamental right in our country but only on papers. Everyone deserves education but does not get it. There’s need for more and more vocational and professional courses. There has to be a switch over to result oriented education. Only this can truly make India a great country.

 

— Sumit Narula
Student, PU

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

ARIES : “The Ace of Wands” reveals that you make progressive professional and personal commitments. A crisis concerning friendship or your place in an organisation could reach a pivotal point. Saturn is showing its weight around. On Wednesday  you’ll be looking for romance in all the fun places. Lucky colour: White. TIP OF THE WEEK :  Listen to your voice of wisdom.
LIBRA : You will probably be in a state of contentment on Monday and Tuesday.  If you’re single, take a risk and ask someone out or have a friend fix you up. Be flexible, work toward compromise and adjust your view of a situation. You may feel affectionate, emotional and full of love. Lucky colour: Burgundy. TIP OF THE WEEK:  Don’t settle all business in one summery meeting.
TAURUS : “The Priestess” infuses a gracious influence in your life. Entertainment will be on your mind on Tuesday. Financial gains seem likely. Health wise you are full of beans. Children will bring happiness. Lucky colour: Forest green. TIP OF THE WEEK:  Do not delegate your tasks to anyone, do it yourself.  
SCORPIO:  You are strong and full of energy to make breakthroughs and changes in personal relationships and professional situations this week. A romantic involvement flowers into a lasting commitment or marriage. A Leo person will bring joy in your life. Lucky colour: Purpule. TIP OF THE WEEK:  Understanding your priorities helps to cut away negativity.
GEMINI : “The Wheel of Fortune” spins good luck and new opportunities. You are best to concentrate on your professional endeavors. Someone may be trying to take advantage of you. You will be tempted to shop till you drop. Property investments will payoff. Lucky colour: Sea green. TIP OF THE WEEK : Don’t read too much into ordinary situations. 
SAGITTARIUS : “The Magus” blesses you  sensitivity  and creativity in whatever you do. You are ready to shatter old patterns and limitations that may have blocked you in the past. Monday is best day to express your plans, feelings and ideas. A Scorpio person can be relied upon. Lucky colour: Royal blue. TIP OF THE WEEK:  Feel free to change your mind.   
CANCER : “The Prince of Cups” brings you to your truth hopes and desires. The planets Venus and Mercury remain in your sign helping you make headway in love and relationships. Any secret liaison or a clandestine affair could land you in deep trouble. Lucky colour: Purpule. TIP OF THE WEEK: Shake hands with former enemies only if you thoroughly vindictive.
CAPRICORN : “The Universe” opens up new horizons as a host of business and new opportunities flow in. Tackle difficult tasks and encounter tough people on Sunday. Don’t condemn yourself for having a change of heart. Taking a completely new direction turns out to be a blessing on Tuesday. Lucky colour: Cherry. TIP  OF  THE  WEEK: Focus on meditation and spiritual discourses.
LEO : Beware of ego conflicts and look honestly at your own faults. You will have ample energy and will participate in competitive activities. You need to focus on one thing at a time, putting your hands in many jobs will get you nowhere. A spiritual experience is elevating. Lucky colour: Crimon. TIP OF THE WEEK: Lack of confidence or lack of caution can leave you in losses; so be confident.
AQUARIUS : You are likely to splurge on yourself and loved ones. Beware of shameless person who doesn’t stop taking advantage of your good nature. The Earth  sign of Taurus will stand by you. Concentrate on the practical side of the things. A journey is on the cards. Lucky colour:  Royal blue.  TIP OF THE  WEEK:  Try to rid out of negative feelings through love.  
VIRGO : “The Magician” conjures up some travel and business opportunities sure you are ready to make new beginnings. Experiment a little, you’ll soon see some fantastic results. Do not be impulsive and plan the things carefully.  Lucky colour:  Silver grey. TIP OF THE WEEK: Try to relax and devote your time to a favourite hobby in view of your financial burden.  
PISCES: ‘The Moon”  spins in some good luck, travel and opportunity in your life. It’s a good time to make breakthroughs at work and changes at home since good fortune is with you. Be cautious about new ideas. Deep, quiet study and solitary reflection is favoured. Trust your intuition on Thursday. Lucky Colour : Coffee. TIP OF THE WEEK:  Do not give money to strangers.




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