CHANDIGARH INDEX


Youth mantra: Time, love and yoga

The yoga craze is no more restricted to just the graybeards. So many youngsters in the city are tuning their mind and bodies after hanging up their Adidas and Nike shoes on the shoe racks, says
Saurabh Malik
She hammers her stomach inside out, instead of pumping iron, for that ah-inspiring look! Every morning Jeena Sharma (name changed to protect identity) slips into a branded tracksuit, and the role of a yoga exponent, before inhaling and exhaling her breadth all the way to good health, merrily.

THE YOGI: Aerobics and workouts give away to yoga for the young who are now moving out of the gym to practice asanas in fresh air. — Photo by Vinay Malik

Aerobics and workouts give away to yoga for the young who are now moving out of the gym to practice asanas in fresh air.



Get animated
Flexible labour force and high quality work at amazingly low costs is helping India to emerge in the field of animation, says Akanksha Bansal
The Indian animation industry is certainly soaring high as the global eyes view India as the best place to outsource their work. The Hollywood blockbusters like Shrek 2, Spiderman 2, and The Chronicles of Narnia exhibited inputs from the India-based animators and visual effect specialists.

Spring at your doorstep
Growing flowers is no trouble, of course. A handful of seeds thrown in a waste patch or a grassy lawn, and a few months later, there they are— en masse, doing their samba in sunshine. What’s a challenging task, however, is preserving this nature’s bounty forever. But, if sprays of delightful spring flowers dot your drawing room throughout the year, wouldn’t it be simply wonderful? And making this dream cherished by many nature lovers a virtual reality is a group called Nature’z Art.

PAMMY’S BEAUTY TIPS
Forever happy feet

Summer is the best time to play up your feet. Our feet are often the least pampered part of our bodies, put the spring back in your step this summer by giving some tender loving care to your feet. Our feet carry our weight but we tend to neglect them until they start hurting, forgetting they deserve the best especially after long tiring summer days.

Editing a radio show
Friends, whatever you hear on the radio is the result of a lot of hardwork, put in especially by the sound editor, who cuts out all those mistakes and of course, those funny uumms, aahs, ahems etc. Sounds easy, bet your last rupee on it…it’s not?  

FUN WITH FASHION
Get wrapped
Finally, the city did see some showers lashing outside, drumming on our windowsills. Sprinkling a dash of romance around. Whiffing delicious myrtle smells. Humming sweet melodies of nostalgia. Caressing our senses with delight…

MATKA CHOWK
Fashion, India-American
India has invaded the American stores. Never have I seen before, the presence of Indian fashion, art and handicraft in such great abundance – as I see now in the hangers and racks in the malls. My next-door neighbor invited me out for dinner last week. She was looking beautiful in a crisp white cotton kurti with embroidery – something I would easily find in a Shoppers’ Stop – she, of course, paid a great deal more than what I would have paid.

WRITE TO RENE
Leave your past behind

I am a 27-year-old woman who has had a very hard life. All the problems of the world seem to beseech me, sometimes I want to run away from everything familiar and all that I can relate to as I feel I just cannot deal with it any more.

FILM REVIEW
A thrilling experience

Rakesh Roshan, the filmmaker with the midas touch is back with Krrish, the sequel of Koi Mil Gaya. The film released yesterday at Nirman and Neelam, Chandigarh, Fun Republic, Manimajra and Suraj, Panchkula, and all over the world with 850 prints. Krrish got a bumper opening all over.

Wisdom of words
The days of studded couch potatoes in front of the idiot box and the net seem to be getting over for the kids. The British Library has taken the endeavour to inculcate the conventional reading pattern among the students. “ The Reading Voyage”, a six- week workshop was conducted for this purpose. It was directed to unravel the pleasures of the fantasy derived from books. Bipin Kumar, Manager of the British Library says, ‘‘ Basically, this is an UK based programme and has been introduced here for the first time.’’ The event that stressed on reading at least six books from a collection of 120 books on display, initiated on 10th May.

HOOKED: Children take part in the Reading Voyage workshop. — Photo by Vinay Malik

Children take part in the Reading Voyage workshop.

Toast of the season
Breezy, handcrafted chikankari seems to have found cheery flavour this season, for exhibitions galore are sprinkling the city and getting lapped up, what’s more! Yet another one drapes the city and is on display at Hotel Aroma with its richly embroidered salwars, unstitched suits, stoles and kurtis (Rs 450 upwards) and saris in hues that do a wonderful job of chasing the summer blazes away.








Youth mantra: Time, love and yoga

The yoga craze is no more restricted to just the graybeards. So many youngsters in the city are tuning their mind and bodies after hanging up their Adidas and Nike shoes on the shoe racks, says
Saurabh Malik

She hammers her stomach inside out, instead of pumping iron, for that ah-inspiring look! Every morning Jeena Sharma (name changed to protect identity) slips into a branded tracksuit, and the role of a yoga exponent, before inhaling and exhaling her breadth all the way to good health, merrily.

If you haven’t seen her sitting on the mat listening to the mantra CD on her personal hi-fi, just drive down the road meandering its way to well-being, and her house in Sector 16. As the glowing incense sticks add a whiff of freshness to the surroundings, you will find her there indulging in sort of meditation in motion that promises to balance her mentally and physically.

Guys don’t get the impression that the Home Science did not try to stay in top shape by paddling a stationary cycle in a gymnasium. The pampered little daughter of a senior Punjab Government functionary did that for some good three weeks only to find demand for payment, instead of clean health bill.

“So I abandoned the gym, and all the thoughts of sweating it out on all those up-to-the-minute machines for retaining that age-old glory,” she asserts. “Believe me guys I am absolutely happy with the decision of joining the yoga team, and the results.”

Flashing a broad smile, she says, “It makes me feel so relaxed, I just cannot explain. In fact, the soothing ambience and the mantras flowing out of the compact disc make me feel so light, and the sessions all the more worthwhile”.

Guys, she is not alone. Like her, so many youngsters in the city are waking up to the benefits of yoga in the mornings. “Gone are the days when you would only see the not-so-young sitting on the green turf combining breathing exercises with postures,” says city-based yoga instructor Sandeep Sharma. “Go to any yoga centre in the city and you will see even the youngsters tuning into mellow `inhale’ and `exhale’ commands from the instructors, after removing their air-cushioned shoes, for releasing negative energies and reviving their chakras.”

You may have to exercise your minds into believing this, but in Chandigarh alone there are over 12 yoga centers patronized by youngsters, including the ones run by the Divine Life Society in Sector 29 and the Arya Samaj in Sector 32. Then there are individual sessions for the youngsters in Sector 8 and so many other places in the city.

“Besides this, a substantial number of schools and colleges in Chandigarh have their own yoga teams,” says Sharma. “They first compete at the state level and then prove their mettle at the national level in contests held from time to time”.

Makes sense! After all, the stars of the tinsel town nowadays vouch for yoga. Even singing sensation Madonna swears by it. To top it all, corporate big wheels are giving up gyms and lining for it. So why should the young lag behind!

Some sign in the yoga sessions to get rid of medical ailments like backaches and stomach disorders, even to lose stress or weight. The mainstream comes to stay in top form. Almost all go home satisfied after the end of the session. “Yoga combines meditation, asanas and breathing exercises. That is why it is effective. It cures and improves the health internally, while visit to a gym primarily helps in flexing muscles,” Sharma insists.

Well folks the element of style has also creped in with youngsters practicing the art. “You do not have to wear saffron robes and long beards for practicing yoga,” says yoga veteran Anoop K. Kapoor. “The entire programme has now been repackaged to suit the urban sensibility. In fact, you can these days go to the arcades and pick up Lycra tees, cotton pajamas, and even lungis, besides comfy mats, for making your mind examine your body’s actions, carefully”.

So all you guys and gals still relaxing on the sofa-sets; listen to your body, heart and mind — for this is what yoga is all about. Enroll yourself for the classes now and graduate from distress to de-stress.

General precautions

Never go to a yoga class on a full stomach. In fact, you should always wait for an hour after munching a snack. Also, some yoga experts say you should wait for 15 minutes after the session to re-hydrate yourself.

Another thing, always opt for loose and comfortable clothing. You have to be bare-footed to conduct electromagnetic energy through your feet. So, leave behind socks and shoes. Check the instructor’s credentials and decide upon a style that suits you. Also, remember to inform the instructor about your medical condition.

Get animated

Flexible labour force and high quality work at amazingly low costs is helping India to emerge in the field of animation, says Akanksha Bansal

Animation Institutes

  • Industrial Design Centre, IIT, Mumbai
  • National Institute of Design, Ahemedabad

  • ZICA, Hyderabad

  • Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics, Chandigarh

  • Toonz Animation India Pvt. Ltd., Kerala

  • ANTS – Animation Training School, Bangalore

  • Arena Multimedia, Chandigarh

  • Academy of Digital Arts and Communication, Mumbai

  • Digikore Studios Ltd, Pune

The Indian animation industry is certainly soaring high as the global eyes view India as the best place to outsource their work. The Hollywood blockbusters like Shrek 2, Spiderman 2, and The Chronicles of Narnia exhibited inputs from the India-based animators and visual effect specialists.

The reason why we are emerging as a big BPO sector for animation production is the flexible labour force and high quality work at amazingly low costs. According to Prerna Kairon, Career Advisor, Arena Multimedia, "A full-length animation film in the USA costs $250 million but in India only $ 50 million". Not only outsourcing, the home production scenario is also gaining recognition. After Hanuman, Hanuman 2 is in the pipeline and numerous music videos have already set the scene.

Indian animation studios are also making full-length animation films for Cartoon Network- Pandavas: the five warriors and Sindbad- beyond the veil of mist.

Therefore, animation is the next big and lucrative career option for those who have a creative bent of mind and talent to draw or sketch. Many training institutes have spurred up recently to meet the growing demand of CGI (computer generated images) specialists. Most of the institutes receive candidates on the basis of their art background. Maya Academy has also students studying in class VII. But some of the schools like Industrial Design Centre-the IIT and NID prefer only graduates of fine or applied arts, architecture, technology or engineering. Apart from the technical knowledge and usage of the ‘software’, a good institute must teach its students the knacks of

  • Building drawing skills

  • Story boarding skills

  • Writing story for animation

  • Film making process

  • Acting for animation

  • Voice designing

  • Story and theme development

  • Film direction

  • Lighting etc

Not only Films and Television, animation is also required in advertising, game technology, online education and industry specific applications.

The future prospects in this field seem to be very bright. India’s growing sophistication in film production work has attracted Western studios like Nickelodeon, Walt Disney, Cartoon Network, Sony Entertainment etc. NASSCOM has pegged this industry to grow by $1 billion by 2008. "In the next 3-4 years around 30,000 producers and animation experts will be needed", says Tapas Chakravarti, head of DQ Entertainment, Hyderabad.

As per the pay package, it can vary from Rs 12, 000 to Rs 35, 000 depending upon the quality of work and experience. If there is an increase in the complexity of work done, then more than Rs 50, 000 can be drawn.

Though training in animation does not come cheap, this is the area where you can literally draw a big ‘real’ salary through ‘virtual’ movements.

Spring at your doorstep
Anandita Gupta

Growing flowers is no trouble, of course. A handful of seeds thrown in a waste patch or a grassy lawn, and a few months later, there they are— en masse, doing their samba in sunshine. What’s a challenging task, however, is preserving this nature’s bounty forever. But, if sprays of delightful spring flowers dot your drawing room throughout the year, wouldn’t it be simply wonderful? And making this dream cherished by many nature lovers a virtual reality is a group called Nature’z Art.

Artifacts made with preserved real flowers and foliage greet us as we step inside the office of Navpreet Singh, whose brainchild the whole concept is.

But Navpreet is not alone. He has a team of seven people, passionately engaged in preserving flowers in their natural form for creating everlasting impressions, and to bring it close to you to cater to your quest for nature. Informs Singh, “We create world-class framed collages using flowers, ferns, leaves and other botanical parts of Indian flora, which become masterpieces and are regarded as collectibles.”

With a passion is to preserve God’s creation, which is truly bountiful only during the short-lived spring season, the team slogs quite a lot. “It involves dedication and hard work of months to preserve a flower or fern in its original natural colour for making collage paintings. The creativity of our eco-artists can be viewed in our collages where the delicacy of flora is highlighted in each design ensuring natural blending of different shapes of flowers, leaves, ferns, buds, tendrils etc,” they chorus happily.

And they don’t seem to mind the hardwork. For, each of their artifacts—a painting of preserved flowers, is being sold for anything between Rs 400 to Rs 5,000 in different parts of India and Canada. Moreover, as they claim, their endeavour is to inculcate a sense of conserving and protecting the beautiful flora of our planet earth.

The rewards may be handsome, but imagine the dedication involved in this creative art of picking up very thin flowers and ferns with tweezers for assembling them in a design wherein a slight whiff of breeze while exhaling a breath can suddenly disrupt the incomplete design! Elaborates the Nature’z Art team, “Preservation of flora involves blending of modern technology with ancient art. Our botanists and collectors travel to meadows and mountains of Himalayas, plains of Punjab, deserts of Rajasthan, forests of Assam and coastal areas of Arabian Sea to pick and choose the very best blossoms, buds, ferns, leaves and mosses. Then these are assembled in beautiful motifs—Om, Ik Onkar, Ya Allah, Cross, Khanda, Ganesh, logos and delightful patterns etc,” informs Singh, himself passionate about the power of flower healing therapy. “But the art created through this long process never looses its colour and is a great stress reliever,” he adds.

As we get increasingly involved in our sci-fi, techno-savvy world, the umbilical chord between man and nature seems to be getting snapped. But, then through little endeavors like this, humans remind us that they won’t let this happen!

PAMMY’S BEAUTY TIPS
Forever happy feet

Summer is the best time to play up your feet. Our feet are often the least pampered part of our bodies, put the spring back in your step this summer by giving some tender loving care to your feet.

Our feet carry our weight but we tend to neglect them until they start hurting, forgetting they deserve the best especially after long tiring summer days.

The biggest favour we can do for our feet is to make sure that feet skin is in good condition. According to the Chinese, washing your feet at night is a must as during the day toxins are excreted through the feet, which can be reabsorbed at night and helps you stay clear of infections.

Tackling foot problems

Your feet need comfort at all times, choose fashion footwear sensibly. Chiropodists are of the opinion that trend for high heels and narrow toes make it much more likely for today’s women to develop Bunion. Bunion is an enlargement of the joint at the base of the big toe, it is not an old age disease; younger women are getting them often these days. Nobody is born with bunion, wrong footwear encourages the disease mostly by toenails growing into the nail bed and causing infection.

Diseases like hammertoes, bunion and corns are result of crowded toe conditions. Always do shoe shopping after morning hours as your feet are still rested in the mornings. So next time you go for fashion shoe hunting, look for comfort!

Diabetics must not let neglect take a toll on their feet. For happy feet they must have their feet examined regularly to look for problems as early as possible, with diabetes under control, the chance of developing foot ulcers is always less.

A close look at feet everyday between toes and for reduced sensation or numbness must be made into a habit. Any cut, abrasion, redness and swelling must be attended to immediately by your doctor or chiropodist. Avoid dealing with corns on your own.

Do not use corn remover plasters (acid) without the knowledge of your doctor. Tread carefully, avoid injuries. Do not walk bare feet as there is always a chance of damaging your skin.

Take care that you don’t want exposure to chemicals. Poor circulation is another challenge for diabetics. Avoid socks that are too tight around the ankles.

For silky, soft feet

Add honey in your footbath. Apparently, honey forms hydrogen peroxide, which is a great anti bacterial agent. It also contains anti- oxidants and attracts moisture (humectants).

Wash your feet in warm soapy water; do not soak them as the soap will rob your feet off natural oils. Dry thoroughly especially between toes.

Use moisturiser liberally as severe dry skin may result in deep cracks in the skin’s surface, especially in the feet.

Keep hard skin at bay with using a pumice stone, foot file on ongoing basis. Do not remove all the dead skin on the hard heel padding, leave some to protect and cushion the heel.

Minimise the risk of ingrown toenails. The trick is to cut the nail across to discourage infection.

Athlete’s foot is a common disease that causes flaky skin and cracks between toes sometimes causing infection. Best treated by anti- fungal cream.

For clean feet and to get rid of bad odour, mix together half water and lemon juice. Dip a paper towel and wipe feet.

People with corns must see a chiropodist every 10 to 12 weeks.

Always dry feet after bath and before wearing socks and foot wear to avoid fungal infection.

When your feet have notched up plenty of miles, it is advisable for tired feet to go for a footbath. Add up to 12 drops of cypress oil to warm water for smelly feet and the same amount of lavender or peppermint in cool water on hot days.

Never wear the same shoe for two days; it takes 24 hours for them to dry thoroughly. Damp shoes encourage fungi to thrive.

Happy feet make happy people. But the happy feet don’t just look lovely they are truly healthy!

Editing a radio show
Tuning-In with Hardeep S. Chandpuri

Friends, whatever you hear on the radio is the result of a lot of hardwork, put in especially by the sound editor, who cuts out all those mistakes and of course, those funny uumms, aahs, ahems etc. Sounds easy, bet your last rupee on it…it’s not?  

As in other fields, technology has played a vital role in making the life of a sound editor much easier. Gone are the days, when editing on the ancient machines used to be such a pain.  I mean you had to do it on a huge spool player-based editing machine, which could actually scare you at first glance…just kidding. It took hours to produce even a five-minute show. You had to first physically identify the exact point on the ribbon where the mistake had occurred, mark it, physically splice it with a blade, paste it with a special glue and voila….. you had the sound bit you wanted. But God forbid, if by any chance you missed the exact spot and went awry even by a micro-second, be prepared to repeat your performance.  

Basically, radio editing is to prepare a programme or a piece by starting with raw sound elements and obtaining a finished product, ready for broadcast. It is to take raw elements, treat them and end up with an ear pleasing sound. It is simply cutting and linking different pieces of sound together.

And today, sound editing has advanced by leaps and bounds. And radio is one major beneficiary, after the ubiquitous sound studios. It has brought in a lot of freedom in producing a quality radio show, the ability to add special effects without the need to have expensive limiters, processors, reverb machines, compressors etc. 

Now like everything else, computers play the role of a major weapon in every studio’s arsenal. Microphones can now be hooked up directly to the computer by using state-of-the-art sound cards designed especially for professional use.  If one wants to do away with the sound mixer…well, that can also be done, as all the controls are now available through the system. Nowadays, sound editing software have become very popular and they provide you with the freedom to cut, copy, paste, mix, loop, match beats, add reverb, control levels, add background score/SFX, change the pitch or even add multiple plug-ins. The result – a 30-minute radio show edited in less than 60 minutes flat. 

If you are a novice and possess a PC, but have no knowledge of sound then I guess, arm yourself with an inexpensive microphone, get hold of a sound editing software, throw in a couple of music tracks, record your voice and mix it all the way to glory. Remember, this could be your first step towards becoming a sound editor, with some really cool job openings awaiting you in the world of sound.  

(The writer is a renowned radio personality running Radio Buzz and The Take-One Academy of Broadcasting, a Radio Jockey trainer, voice expert and an international broadcaster)

FUN WITH FASHION
Get wrapped
Anandita Gupta

Photo by Pradeep TewariFinally, the city did see some showers lashing outside, drumming on our windowsills. Sprinkling a dash of romance around. Whiffing delicious myrtle smells. Humming sweet melodies of nostalgia. Caressing our senses with delight…

Definitely, not the time for curling up in our homes with a dozen Agatha Christies. Rather a time to rejoice and get wrapped in the romance of it all. A time for long walks on that grass turned sinfully lush. And when one’s to move out, enjoy the cool breeze and who knows, shake a leg if drenched by a sudden downpour, one needs to dress up in something comfy yet chic. And what else can it be than the wispy wrap around?

Called Feneng by the tribal Nagas, lungi by the boisterous Punjabis and sarongs by the Burmese, the hip yet very economical wrap around is the new age fashion garment. Can be picked up in just Rs. 150 to Rs. 350 (depending on the shop from where it’s being picked up), but they’ll surely make you donned with a thousand dollops of glamour.

Flirty floral prints, digital motifs, Punjabi phulkari, Hindi and Sanskrit shlokas, besides the Kutch embroideries from Gujarat and Bandhini patterns of Rajasthan, they are all dotting these teeny weeny wraps. While most of them are in flirty chiffons and georgettes, the wrap around skirts are available in cottons and lycra.

And the racy colours on display could make a rainbow ashamed. For, stroll through any market (Sector 22, 19, 9, Chandigarh: Sector 7, 9, 11, Panchkula, Janpath, Delhi and Mcleodganj, Dharamshala, if you happen to go there) and you’ll find flowing wrap arounds in scarlets, mauves, ash greys, peacock blues, sunshine saffrons, fuchsias and emerald greens.

Coming to the most important part of getting wrapped in wrap arounds, lets see how we can glam them up. After all, the idea is to flaunt them as a style statement and not wear them as a plaid lungi of yester summers.

So, always be careful, first of all, to pair these up with the right kind of uppers. A crisp white chicken shirt or kurti is a good bet, if you wanna play down the overly colourful wrap around. Girlie halters and bustiers can be sported for that dare-to-bare evenings. Otherwise, tops with three quarter sleeves or chiffon kurtis with asymmetrical cuts are a safe option.

Beaded and sequined belts, chunky bracelets sporting stones in colours of the rainbow and elegant little clutch bags can add that much-sought-after jazz to your wrapped delight.

Chiffon or voile scarfs and kaftans can also be teamed with spaghettis and worn over your wraparound. Embellished slip-ons and chappals can further raise the outfits appeal.

In case you are slightly on the heavier side, wrap around skirts with lots of flare, that are flooding the market can make you look slimmer. But for that perfectly slim and well-toned body, even a lungi style tightly wrapped wrap around you can look amazing!

Well ofcourse, a flowing wraparound twirling and swishing down your curves can do wonders to your style quotient. With so many fantastic shapes and fabrics available, wouldn’t it be a crime to choose only one?

MATKA CHOWK
Fashion, India-American
Sreedhara Bhasin

India has invaded the American stores. Never have I seen before, the presence of Indian fashion, art and handicraft in such great abundance – as I see now in the hangers and racks in the malls.

My next-door neighbor invited me out for dinner last week. She was looking beautiful in a crisp white cotton kurti with embroidery – something I would easily find in a Shoppers’ Stop – she, of course, paid a great deal more than what I would have paid. And yes, the malls are full of pretty kurtas and kurtis – in all conceivable Indian colours and patterns. I couldn’t have found this congregation even in all the FabIndias! Jane Fonda wore an Indian Kurti in “Coming Home” as a symbol of being exclusive. And now the entire country has followed suit. I packed some of my kurtis in for this trip, hoping to impress my friends with the superiority of Indian fabric and design. I was out staged before even I could begin!

Of course, then there is India galore at every jewellery counter. I found look alike of a pair of earrings that I inherited from my grandmother - called kaanbaala in her days. Those are being sold here as ‘chandelier’ earrings for a very steep price. And there are many designs, from balis to jhumkas. I found anklets, bangles, earrings – all very much like those we see on the footpaths of Sector 17 or M-Block. And the handbags – stitched in silk and decorated with mirror work have also found a niche in the stores along with Gucci and Prada. – the sector 17 vendors always have some pretty ones and you can even bargain when you buy more than one!

I saw many ladies wearing the Jaipuri print skirts – the kind with lots of crinkly pleats – a favourite when we were college girls. They are also wearing bead bracelets – treasures I have saved from my childhood trips to Darjeeling and Nepal.

On my trip to Walmart, I found a significant area of an aisle devoted to Indian food items. To my utter joy, I found many of my favourite “Kitchens of India” items – like mango and jeera chutney. They have matar-paneer, biriyani, alu-gobi – all freshly frozen (I guess). They even have aam-papad, Haldiram’s bhujia and sohan-papdi! I was amazed!

Also fashionable are now the Indian dining table linens and napkins. Americans are gushing over the cute little peacocks and palm trees printed on cotton table covers. And in the kitchen stores, to my amazement, I found a tea-cosy – an original with cotton lining and a jacket of Kashmiri embroidery. By the way, although coffee has not stepped aside – tea is in! You can get hot water and tea bags practically in any place now!

Next time I am here – I will be able to able to get my friends some really ‘in’ gifts!

WRITE TO RENE
Leave your past behind

I am a 27-year-old woman who has had a very hard life. All the problems of the world seem to beseech me, sometimes I want to run away from everything familiar and all that I can relate to as I feel I just cannot deal with it any more. I feel that the stress I have been going through has turned me into a mentally unbalanced woman. I seem to have these nervous attacks. I keep having a constant and slow stomach ache, and sometimes feel I can’t breathe freely. I feel I am going to suffocate. I believe in holistic healing, and have tried all the methods available but nothing seems to work. Please can your suggest something which will make my life more beautiful and worth living.

Ritu Mirocha, Chandigarh

Dear girl, at your very young and tender age you have become too focused on stress. You must remember all that you focus on has a spiraling effect, so please do not allow these feelings to invade your mind. Each time you feel panic taking over, or you have a breathing difficulty, please stop and try and take long deep breaths. Try and make a conscious decision to repeat to your self “I are well” at least three times. This will calm you down. Remember this is all happening in your mind you have to learn to love and bless yourself and you will automatically start healing within. You have to learn to relax before you solve your many self created problems. The whole world has something to deal with in their lives, It all depends on how you handle it. Just leave your past behind and trust in the process of life. All happiness will come to you.

I am a girl of 28 years working in a firm, in relationship with a man of 42 years. He has been through one marriage which did not work out due to his wife having run away with her office colleague and he has been single for a long time. I have been rather fascinated with him as he is one of the most charming men I have met in my life. He seems to have the kind of life style I have always admired, a fancy car and a beautiful home. He says all the right things when we meet, gets me lovely flowers each time we are on a date and takes the right holidays abroad. Just when I was thinking of committing to him, I discovered two other women from his past whom he has dated and than dropped. When I confronted him, he denied it completely. Now I am questioning everything he tells me. What should I do?

Arti Sachdeva, Chandigarh

My dear, that sounds like a familiar one, but then that is human nature. You both seen to live in the world of fantasy and are trying to turn them in to reality. You seem to be a bit naive on the relationship front. It is not necessary that along with the joy and excitement of an affair there also comes the right to know every detail of somebody’s past life. It is only after he has made a commitment to you that you can slowly perhaps enter into it at your partners discretion. Of course you have a right to know about his ethical behavior, but you can only do so in a very discreet fashion. All men who seem to have fancy lifestyles will also have some interesting adventures with the opposite sex. Learn to accept that. Keep an open mind and trusting attitude. But do check on your own feelings and the man’s stead fastness before making a commitment.

Rush in your queries to Renee at lifestyle@tribunemail.com or care of Lifestyle, The Tribune, Sector 29-C, Chandigarh

FILM REVIEW
A thrilling experience

A still from Krrish
A still from Krrish

Rakesh Roshan, the filmmaker with the midas touch is back with Krrish, the sequel of Koi Mil Gaya. The film released yesterday at Nirman and Neelam, Chandigarh, Fun Republic, Manimajra and Suraj, Panchkula, and all over the world with 850 prints. Krrish got a bumper opening all over.

Produced and directed by Rakesh Roshan, under the banner of Film Kraft (India) Pvt. Ltd., the film has Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra, Rekha and Naseruddin Shah. Krrish starts off with mushy love story culminating into high-impact sci-fi thriller.

“Mind blowing sequences that have exclusive spine-chilling adventures shot exclusively in Singapore,” say cinegoers at all four theatres where the keenly awaited film of 2006 released. This one is a visual treat as it has global level action packed fantasy conceived by Hong Kong stunt coordinator Tony Ching Sui and Bollywood’s famous action director Sham Kaushal.

Krrish is an extremely beautiful movie that overwhelms you. It has the best script and its execution is even better. This is director Rakesh Roshan’s best work to date. With Krrish, Rakesh Roshan has proved once again that he is a brilliant filmmaker. In Koi Mil Gaya, Hrithik Roshan had you in tears but as the dashing and darling super hero in Krrish, the junior Roshan will have you on the edge of your seats. He is the life of the movie. Priyanka Chopra has played her role brilliantly. It has remarkable performances by Rekha, Naseruddin Shah, Puneet Issar, Sharat Saxena and Hemant Pande.

Salim-Sulaiman has come up with excellent background music. Debutant lyricist Vijaya Akela and Naseer Faraaz along with Ibrahim Ashq have penned lyrics for composer Rajesh Roshan who has come up with melodious and trendy sound tracks with romantic numbers. Photography is absolutely splendid.

Krrish is in the league of previous Rakesh Roshan flicks. It is one of the best movies under his banner.

— D.P.

Wisdom of words
Akanksha Bansal and Pankhuri Sood

The days of studded couch potatoes in front of the idiot box and the net seem to be getting over for the kids. The British Library has taken the endeavour to inculcate the conventional reading pattern among the students. “ The Reading Voyage”, a six- week workshop was conducted for this purpose. It was directed to unravel the pleasures of the fantasy derived from books.

Bipin Kumar, Manager of the British Library says, ‘‘ Basically, this is an UK based programme and has been introduced here for the first time.’’ The event that stressed on reading at least six books from a collection of 120 books on display, initiated on 10th May. The workshop included story-telling sessions, group discussions, puzzle solving and various other activities by the library and the tiny tots. The motive behind it was to develop communication skills, time management and an improvement in the body language. The event commenced on 21 June. A lively and synergistic quiz based on general awareness and children’s fiction, conducted by Ms Ritu Sehgal was held along a prize distribution ceremony three days later, on 24 June.

‘‘ It was a good gesture on part of the British Library and has helped me to assess the ability of my daughter, Simrat’’, comments Mrs. Ashu Bains.

As part of the appreciation and encouragement, Mukta Khaira, the chief guest, awarded certificates to all the participating kids and the winners were graced with medals.

Ms Suprita Gill, one of the judges felt that though it was an excellent initiative but the kids require more grooming beforehand. While judging the kids, five P’s namely, passion, pronunciation, pause, pace and power were being sought for.

With 70 kids ready to display their talents, the event ended on a happy note with beaming faces spreading their sunshine all around.

Toast of the season
Gayatri Rajwade

Lucknow’s Chikankari kurtas are a hot rage.
COTTON COUTURE: Lucknow’s Chikankari kurtas are a hot rage. — Photo by Vinay Malik

Breezy, handcrafted chikankari seems to have found cheery flavour this season, for exhibitions galore are sprinkling the city and getting lapped up, what’s more!

Yet another one drapes the city and is on display at Hotel Aroma with its richly embroidered salwars, unstitched suits, stoles and kurtis (Rs 450 upwards) and saris in hues that do a wonderful job of chasing the summer blazes away.

Coloured sequins, chikankari merged with zardozi and kangan work in spry greens with orange flowers, fairy whites, crimson pink, cobalt blue, peachy pinks, sunny lemon—the colours defy imagination as every outfit comes in pastels, deep shades and fiery mixes.

The work is neat and the stitches come together in lovely patterns of flowers, ambis and other traditional motifs with jali work highlighting this lovely art-form which repeatedly finds takers, year after year.

Ideal for the summers and perfect for that unusual look for no two outfits are really the same, chikankari is the ideal ode to the high degree of craftsmanship that the karigars from Lucknow achieve and maintain, consistently. On till June 29

Health tip of the day

When driving on a long trip one should make frequent stops and walk around for two minutes to restore circulation and relax the muscles of the body. — Dr Ravinder Chadha




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