What do women of style and substance have to say about the inhuman practice of female foeticide that is so rampant in our society today? Why is the jet set not more vocal? Anandita Gupta finds out why by talking to some of them
She’ virtually floats alone in a strange, alien world—piercing darkness, agonising solitude and simmering silence. But then, there’s something more painful than all these pre-natal discomforts, and that’s the pain of rejection. Yes, for the first ever signals this developing foetus gets are that of some angry voices erupting, “What? It’s a girl? No, we don’t want it.”

DO OR DIE: Niyati Chitkara calls out for a visible and loud campaign.
— Photo by Manoj Mahajan and Malkiat Singh

Niyati Chitkara call out for a visible and loud campaign

Designing woman
Navneet Kaur Hundal
Designing is what comes from your own passion and creation,” says Sohi, a city-based designer. She likes to accept challenges and experiment along the way. With a gifted hand, she is able to bring the abstract designs alive. Nina Sohi, a city girl who did a fashion-designing course from Singapore, says: “I am seeing my dreams being accomplished while I am flying on the viewless wings of risks.”

Gala night out
Life at sea came alive at the glittering dinner of the Chandigarh Merchant Navy Officers Association held at the Golf Course on Friday night. The fresh team of office bearers of the association hosted the dinner. Sponsored by the Centurion Bank of Punjab, the event saw a big gathering of officers, their wives and children. Sailing stories were exchanged as the officers mingled with each other, some of them meeting each other after years.


ON SHORE: Komal Anand (centre) with seafarers’ wives at the Merchant Navy Officers Association Dinner on Friday night.

Komal Anand with seafarers’ wives at the Merchant Navy Officers Association Dinner on Friday night

The Write Approach
Gayatri Rajwade
God gave us sound but shabd (word) is created by man. Style in the form of drama, poetry and narratives are creative expressions, whimsical and changing but the basic requirement remains the same,” articulated Dr Naresh, Chairman of the Chandigarh Sahitya Akademi, at the inauguration of their third creative writing workshop for school children held today at the State Library Building, Sector 34.

CATCH THEM YOUNG: Students at a workshop organised by the Chandigarh Sahitya Akademi. — Photo by Vinay Malik

Students at a workshop organised by the Chandigarh Sahitya Akademi

A dash of the exotic
Anandita Gupta
True a city never sleeps to get tired of those haute couture Expos, be it any season. But recently, like it happens every year, Expos are getting drenched in some deep rich hues–to colors of celebration. And why not for the wedding season is almost here. No wonder the city shelves seem brimming with sensuality and spunk. But how are today’s bridal collections hipper than the last year’s? We sneak peaked at the recent two day expo held at the Kidar”s Gallery to scoop out the hottest bridal trends.

Chandigarh Proverbs
Sreedhara Bhasin
While doing research for a project, I stumbled onto a web page full of proverbs. As I idly started reading those, the realisation dawned upon me that I could possibly delve into the exercise of trying to see how many of these would apply to the ways of our beautiful city. Don’t cross your bridges before you get to them: Don’t worry about future problems before you need to.

Tuning-in with Hardeep S. Chandpuri
Friends, before we take that very first step and get into the exciting world of sound, digital mixing, editing, SFX and other technical jargon, it is pertinent for us to first have an understanding of the fundamentals of audio. Every sound consists of rapid variations in air pressure (or any other medium that conducts sound). Anything that makes sound; guitar strings, drum heads, vocal chords etc., do so by vibrating back and forth.

No blame game, please
Dear Renee, I am a smart and intelligent man in my 30’s and I am an art professor in a reputed college. My problem is that every time I begin to feel that I am really happy in a job situation, I find someone who is my senior trying their level best to show me down or throw me from my job situation. I feel people are resentful or jealous of me as I am very popular with my fellow students.

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