CHANDIGARH INDEX


HORSE SENSE
It takes grit and passion to enjoy riding and there are many among the new gutsy tribe who have the gall, says Anuradha Shukla
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ou need a horse yourself to catch up with the riding enthusiasts in the far corners of the city. Quietly galloping their way to live out their passion, are six-year olds along with their mothers and youngsters— all hooked to hoofed charm. Not a sport for the meek hearted, the royal pastime of the brave, the city youngsters are game for the sheer challenge of riding, in the purest of all human pursuits.



RIDING HIGH: Young riders in action at Chandigarh Horse Riding School. — Photo by Manoj Mahajan
Young riders in action at Chandigarh Horse Riding School

Dancing away to fitness
Dancing to the fitness tune with trained instructors teaching yoga, meditation and even Salsa, gymnasiums across the city are fast building up the reputation of being fitness centers, instead of just exercise rooms, says Saurabh Malik
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iving in the thick of slimness, the walky-talky damsel carries a sleek mobile, and a slender figure. And to remain that way in good shape, Plus-One student Tanya Sharma goes to a gymnasium near Panchkula’s Sector 4 everyday. Nay, not for pumping iron, but to pump up the volume of the high-wattage stereo before twirling her way to fineness and fitness! Right guys, the Sector 6 Panchkula resident dances on the polished floor of the gymnasium to the tune of latest Western numbers, even soft reflective music! Well, there are no psychedelic lights, but then who is bothered about it! For, the setting and the ambience are just perfect for a quick calorie-burning jive. Five years back, the very thought of dancing in a gym would have made you sweat without working out on a treadmill.

Photo by Pradeep Tewari

MATKA CHOWK
Pooch-taachh
Sreedhara Bhasin
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e, Indians are very casual about asking questions – of utmost strangers. We think it is quite okay to ask a pedestrian directions, whether he is a resident of that area or not is of no consequence. We even think that anyone who is passing by ought to know intimate details of the area and the people. I have been asked on a few occasions, locations to a certain yoga centre and a Prachin Shiv Temple with a big Pipal tree in front. On both occasions, I have disappointed the folks.

Vishal and Navjot Khosla are gifted as they come. He is a qualified electrical engineer who had plush jobs in big companies and she is a dentist who was running her own clinic. Both had a passion for travelling and collecting handicraft Vishal and Navjot Khosla are gifted as they come. He is a qualified electrical engineer who had plush jobs in big companies and she is a dentist who was running her own clinic. Both had a passion for travelling and collecting handicraft
Gifted couple: Vishal and Navjot Khosla are gifted as they come. He is a qualified electrical engineer who had plush jobs in big companies and she is a dentist who was running her own clinic. Both had a passion for travelling and collecting handicrafts. One fine day some years ago they decided to quit their respective occupations and together open a gift shop in Panchkula’s Sector 2. Visit Al & Jo and one finds oneself in the midst of the most colourful and interesting handicrafts of the country. When they started some five years ago, the response was slow but now people come especially to their store to pick up curiosities for their homes. The wares at Al & Jo include, glass, pottery, woodcarvings, brass, pewter, linen and much more. In this gifting season the couple are busy packing Divali gift hampers and these are a hot sell. Photos courtesy Al & Jo

FUN WITH FASHION
Set for explosion!
Anandita Gupta
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he grand Divali evening is slowly crawling nearer to you. Soon, the festivity would begin, setting the poojas and parties in full swing. The Champagne bottles would be fizzed over the fun and bonhomie. However, the evening isn’t only about getting high on music, wine and friendship. It’s also about lighting up this special night. Not just with diyas and candles alone, but also with your sparkling dress. So as you watch the cracker sparks electrifying a hundred kilometers in the sky, razzle-dazzle the night [by that jaw-dropping look] and watch the admiration sparks fly thick and fast.

Festive jewels
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t is time for festive jewellery and the range of exquisite designs from Tanishq’s classic jewellery collection launched at the Tanishq store in Chandigarh on event of the festive Diwali season. The collection ranging from Colors of Royalty, inspired by the Victorian age, to Everyday Diamond especially created for working women were showcased by models sashaying the ramp at President Hotel on Friday evening.

FILM REVIEW
‘Unkle Bhoot’ comes calling
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ith two successful films Makdee and Hanuman to fall back on, Vishal Bhardwaj has another of his ventures lined up for this Friday release. Specially, for children comes Bhoot Unkle released at Fun Republic Manimajra. This Jackie Shroff film has lots of masti, thrills along with a spooky element to it and shall be liked by kids and their families.

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