Small wonders turn big

Already celebrities in their own right, two kids from the city and one from Patiala have made it to the final stage of the POGO Amazing Kids Awards. Parbina Rashid reports

Priya has already tasted stardom
STAR & STYLE: Priya has already tasted stardom

They are amazing kids. They are POGO kids. And guess what? Among 40 such kids who have beaten thousands of children to go up to the final stage in the POGO Amazing Kids Awards, the city has a share of two.

Priya and Akrit Jaswal from Chandigarh and Isha Dang from Patiala are almost there, within the grasping range of glamour.

Well, perhaps it’s wrong to say that for they are ready already celebrities in their own right. Fourteen-year-old Priya is a scholar who is a leading child artiste and also a scholar. “I try to balance both fields, acting and writing,” says this confident young girl, who is a student of Class X at Sriguru Harkrishan Public School in Sector 40. And as she lists her achievements (you have seen her in Mission Fateh on Sahara, Duriyan on Star Plus, a role in Desh Hua Pardesh too), you wonder how does she manage all that. For in her ‘all that’ also come prestigious scholarships like Literary Award by the Readers and Writers Association of India, Highest State Award from the Chandigarh Administration, Cambridge Young English Senior’s Award from the University of Cambridge and a selection for the National Innovation Award by the National Innovation Foundation of India. “My first award was the International Child Excellence Scholarship Award in 1996, when I was only four years old,” she says with a smile. Phew, that’s what we call an early start!

The next one to do us proud is Isha Dang, a student of Our Lady of Fatima School in Patiala. A kathak dancer of Jaipur Gharana, Isha has performed all over the country and also in places like Dubai. Looking at this danseuse, it is difficult to believe that this 12 year old has won 85 prizes at both the national and international level. “I am confident that I will win,” says Isha, who like Priya, has been selected in the Leader’s category.

Isha is waiting for the shooting on November 21. “I will perform folk and semi-classical dance items,” she signs off.

Akrit Jaiswal is our third POGO amazing kid in the Genius category. He attracts attention because from his resume we come to know that he is a child who had completed his Class X when he was only seven years old. But unfortunately for us, he is already in Mumbai doing his stint for the channel. We are told he also had done an independent surgery on a burnt hand when he was seven years old and that won him the National Child Award for Exceptional Achievement in the field of medical research in 2004. Hold your breath! This whiz kid is currently doing his second year B Sc from Panjab University.

They are indeed a source of pride. So for a change, switch on to POGO and extend your support because besides an eminent jury, your SMS will be a deciding factor in making them start. After all, a little regionalism won’t hurt.

On a Firm(iny) Footing

Diwan Manna’s forthcoming exhibition on Le Corbusier in France assumes significance with Chandigarh being placed on the tentative list of the World Heritage Sites by Unesco,
writes Parbina Rashid

Diwan Manna’s French connection is getting stronger by the day. On a trail of discovery (not just French wine and cuisines), Diwan is rediscovering Le Corbusier in a small city called Firminy in Saint Etienne. And when it comes to our own shutter-happy local lad, his discovery comes in forms and colours, which are well beyond your imagination. So, as he clicks on images of churches and buildings, which Corbusier had designed, your eyes get glued to his computer screen.

In the city on a 10-day break from his ongoing project, which requires him to capture images of Corbusier’s creations at Firminy, the artist is euphoric about his forthcoming exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art at St Etienne. The exhibition is being mounted to celebrate the completion of long-pending St Paerre Church.

Diwan had gone there as part of an exchange programme for photographing Corbusier’s designs and his final pictures will be exhibited along with Mitchel Dieudonne who had earlier come to Chandigarh to do similar work.

“Firminy is Corbusier’s second largest project after Chandigarh and this opportunity was God sent for me, especially to know Corbusier, who was not just a designer but a sculptor and an artist in the true sense,” says Diwan.

But to go all the way to Firminy to know Corbusier, especially for someone who lives in Chandigarh?

“That is the whole point. When one becomes parts of the set-up and complacent—and to a certain extent immune to one’s surroundings—that’s how you stop seeing things. An outsider’s view is always refreshing,” Diwan explains. Besides, for him a different cultural milieu gave him a fresh perspective too. However, the major difference between Chandigarh and Firminy is that while in the former Corbusier’s role was that of a planner, in the latter he was an architect, pure and simple.

The element that stands out in Diwan’s pictures is light. The ‘Master of Light’, as he calls Corbusier, has made beautiful use of light, somewhere with artificial means and in natural light, too. Diwan has played with the element well, be it for the St. Paerre Church or one of his most memorable creations, Ronchamp Church or the La Tourette monastry.

Diwan has clicked about 20,000 images of different buildings but only 30 will be displayed during the exhibition that opens on November 25. “It took me about three months to select the best and an eminent jury that had people like Dr Martin Dancer, curator of Museum de Modern Art, selected 30.” Looking at the images on his computer at his Sector 15 studio, we can understand why.

So how does this experience enrich him, apart from making a mark on the international art scene (he has already been invited to participate in two shows, one in Paris and another at Havre)?

“I have learnt to appreciate Corbusier better though I have learnt in the process that his buildings need a lot of maintenance.” And Diwan offers a suggestion to the Chandigarh Administration. “Open the buildings like the Secretariat and the High Court, which were designed by Corbusier, to tourists, the way they do in Firminy.” Anyone listening?

Roomy ramp

You do not have to land on the ramp from abroad like Katrina Kaif and Yana Gupta. Even small-town models are making it big in the fashion industry, says Saurabh Malik

Impeccable accent accentuating flawless and fluent English! An assured gait brought about by prolonged exposure to the ways of the world! And poise that comes from sashaying down the ramp of life—all the way to popularity! Anyone will think models born and bred abroad like Katrina Kaif, Nina Emanuel and Yana Gupta are pushing the “resident” beauties off the ramp.

But all you girls with fiery looks, wanting to set the ramp ablaze, just don’t worry. There is enough room on the ramp for you to make your way to the top, gorgeously and glamorously. And if you still have doubts, ask Mehak Chahal, Vaishali Desai, Jatin Grewal, Anchal Kumar and Sucheta Sharma.

In Chandigarh for a fashion show organised as a part of the “Second Fashion Knowledge Forum 2006” all the way from Mumbai, Delhi and so many other places, the stars of the fashion world say “it is more essential to be yourself” than savouring the experience of moving to not so greener pastures across the seas.

Born and brought up in Norway with roots in Punjab, model-cum-actress Mehak thinks coming back to India after spending her initial years abroad “rather works to your disadvantage”. “The first thing everyone wants to know is: Can you speak Hindi,” she says.

Passing her fragile fingers through silky brown tresses covering her shoulders, she asserts: “Another thing, you do not know a lot of people in the industry. So you have to walk the ramp before getting your big break in movies.”

Well, standing tall at five feet seven and a half inch Vaishali Desai agrees. The attractive lady from Bangalore says the ever-expending industry has no room for suffocation. “Even small-town models are doing exceptionally well in the industry. Incidentally, girls from this part of the region, including Punjab, attract admiring glances.” Good for you gals! Just mug up some more cool funky words and get ready to flaunt your attitude.

In any case, Vaishali says, more than anything else, hard work pays. She knows what she is talking about. The maiden with gleaming eyes, who believes in reaching for the stars with her feet on the ground, has done commercial advertisements for Ponds, Tanishq, Indian Oil and Compaq along with print shoots and ramp shows.

After bagging the “Elite Model Look of the Year 2004”, Pepsi face Sucheta Sharma has no doubts about the aptitude of the India models. “Rather, they are good…. If you also wish to make it big in the glamorous business of fashion, just be yourself and have the right attitude,” she says before signing off with a smile. So gals, put on your modelling shoes and get going!

Haute & Heady

The scorching has begun. Across seven cities, fourteen designers are putting up 21 winsome shows as part of the Blenders Pride Fashion Tour—2006.

With a gala kick-off in Kolkata, this annual ‘haute’ event is proving to be a ‘do’ that must find an entry in the diaries of the city’s glitterati, all this in the mere five years that it has been on show. What is more, this fashion fiesta is all set to charm Chandigarh on November 21.

And catering to the city’s couture needs this year are Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna, Nikhil and Shantanu Mehra, Aparna Chandra and Ranna Gill. What is more, matching body and feet to these prêt lines (hopefully prêt and not all outlandish!) are some of the biggest names of India’s modeling world (think the dusky charms of Monikangana Dutta or the willowy walk of Indrani Dasgupta!)

Designer Tarun Tahiliani who has showcased at each of the tour editions believes this to be one of the most comprehensive traveling fashion events. “It highlights couture to smart ready-to-wear with a diverse range of designers and of course, is the only one that allows people across the country to partake in its magic and madness, first hand” In fact fashion is the ‘big buzz’ nowadays, what with the city playing host to the Fashion Knowledge Forum and this Fashion Tour all in the same month.

So what do we get to see?

Well, a little birdie tells that while Aparna Chandra shows us that not everyone needs to join the embellishment bandwagon, Ranna Gill hopes to spin her yarn with her fall-winter interpretation of an ikat-based collection in Tussar and Bhagalpuri silk, fabricated to suit the coming winter season.

Nikhil and Shantanu Mehra making their debut at the event this year are presenting men’s wear in shades of gold, beige, red, pink and ivory—the grey side of Indian royalty with a deliberate feminine touch to the prints with Indian motifs, they say. While Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna, kings of “bling”, whip up silhouettes with lots of satin, lace and crochet in rose-pinks, browns and beige.

We need to wait to find out whether the ‘birdie’ is spot-on or whether we need to start peering into our mothers’ boudoir for those old zari blouses. God knows what’s really coming back into fashion, but we sure will soon find out!

— Gayatri Rajwade

‘Vivah is today’s film’

Amrita Rao
Amrita Rao

Young and gorgeous, Amrita Rao may be just 10 films old but she is the talk of Bollywood with the release Sooraj Barjatya’s Vivah. She is bubbly and cheerful, yet intense and thoughtful in her own way. What strikes you is that she is so essentially Indian in her mannerisms in the lead role of Poonam in the movie. On the eve of her latest release, she expresses her views:

How does it feel to be a Rajshri heroine?

It is a privilege. My mother, in fact, always wanted my first film to be a Rajshri film. I am playing the lead role in Vivah and am excited about it.

Tell us more about how you landed the role?

Well, after I got a call, I met Soorajji and Raj Barjatya. The meeting lasted six hours and it was not even a narration. We bonded instantly. As for the role, I was given the choice whether I wanted to do the film or not. And that by itself was a great honour.

What was most interesting about the meeting?

Sooraji chose me after seeing my role in The Legend of Bhagat Singh. He said he liked me in the film and wanted me to be the Poonam of Vivah.

Yes, we heard that you sang on the last day?

I did. It was one of Soorajji’s favourite songs. I did not want the moment or the shoot to end. The shoot was a beautiful experience. In fact, most of the days, even if none of us had any scenes, we would still go and sit on the sets.

This is your second love story with Shahid after Ishq Vishk…

I would say this is my first. In Ishq Vishq, Shahid’s character discovers that he loves me, while in Vivah, the relationship grows with the love that blossoms between us post-engagement. Vivah traces the sanctity of arranged marriage. And yet, it is so much a film of today. That is what I love about Vivah. — D. P.

Relive the Raj

Thoughts of The British influence bring in the memories of imported tea caddies, tufted footstools and Regency-style antiques, accessorizing a velvet English sofa for a spot of hi-tea with scones and cucumber sandwiches. English style is about things collected along the way and displayed all around the house. The character of the room changes as you add bits and pieces, but even as it evolves, it always feels like home.

One option to transforming a little flat from nondescript box to a stylish British abode is the strategic use of animal accents, so evocative of the late 19th century when the English began exploring Africa and other exotic lands. Running leopard-print carpeting up the stairs may be too adventurous for most, but wall-to-wall sisal topped by a zebra-print rug in the dining room looks fascinating.

English adventurers might have thrown a cheetah pelt over an old wing chair, but update that idea in your living room by dressing an Armchair in a favorite velvet animal print. Create a Cosmopolitan version of the Colonial version with odd number pieces in the room sporting the same fabric and lavishly trimmed with contrasting beads. You may use this theme on a pair of 19th-century George III-style chairs, which preside over the living room like royal elders.

Don’t be afraid of the modest size of your room. British had thought of multi-utility furniture long before the Scandinavians developed the IKEA range. Thanks to upholstered ottoman that doubles as a coffee table and another tucked beneath a console for extra use, you and your guests will never be short of pleasantly designed multi use items around the house. Basic idea being, “If it’s on legs, stick something underneath it. That’s the English way”!

The 19th-century George III-style chairs can be flanked by a mahogany cabinet that conceals television. An antique tea caddy and a lap desk, perched atop custom-made stands, serve as end tables. Paint your dining room in solid bold colours to showcase any collection that you may possess. Pieces of porcelain collection, matchbox cars, blue pottery vases or plates, can be rested on the buffet cabinet or even put on little shelves on the wall right behind the dining table.

You can have furniture in your hallway and a slim Regency-style black lacquer cabinet for landing or hallways is perfect mix of utility and beauty. Another touch may be added by hanging artwork to the ceiling. In the dining room, reproduction of botanical prints may take center stage. Whilst in the living room, framed prints may vie for space with porcelain plates and oil paintings.

Don’t forget the side tables sporting glass lamps near the fire place to beat the chill. Bring the Victorian era with big roses on your upholstery fabric and window drapes. Invite the Elizabethans with paisleys and other formal patterns on your rugs. Gothic is the undisputed queen of dark colours and arches.

Traditional upholstered furniture can be detailed with classic touches such as skirts, fringes, tufting, and welting. Emphasize the vertical by hanging draperies and artwork high on the walls. Tall gold-framed mirrors look just right over a mantel or sideboard. Arrange objects and furnishings with an eye for symmetry.

Courtsey: A.P. Singh Besten & Co

Décor Diva
Anandita Gupta

Many a life’s beautiful moments may slip away easily into the deepest recesses of the past. But there are some very precious ones, which form warm, indelible memories. And these are the special moments, which never fade away, caressing us always—like a lingering kiss. A meeting with Ashu Bhallani would leave you with similar reflections. For, the surreal radiance of creativity, that surrounds her like a halo, is hard to forget.

As one walks into Ashu’s tastefully done home in sector 2, Chandigarh, you’ll find an unbridled surge of creative energy, cascading down her imaginative brain. Little wonder then, that all her pursuits are imbued with a dash of drama, a pinch of innovation.

Be it designing costumes for Vinta Nanda’s super-duper hit tele soap ‘Tara’ and Suraj Barjatya’s blockbuster ‘Hum Aapke Hain Kaun,’ handling set décor for TV productions, designing signature lines for Neena Gupta, Muhnesh Behl, Gulshan Grover and Saif Ali Khan from her boutique in Mumbai (Vezda), or organizing theme parties for Corporates and wedding couples, Ashu does it with equal élan. “I’m basically a fashion designer with stints in costume and décor designing for Bollywood and its stars, but I’m most at peace when I’m organizing a wedding or an event,” reflects Bhallani.

Though she studied fashion in Mumbai and went on to work with films and TV productions as a costume designer, décor manager and later the personal dress-designer of film stars, all these creative pursuits have coalesced into the one occupation that gives her complete satisfaction—event management. “Of course, people in metros are more open when it comes to doing their parties. But Punjabis restrict us to experiment with colours and lights. However, doing my own thing and meeting lots of people in the process, keeps my creative flame burning,” she brims with vivacity.

Bhallani may have decorated many high profile weddings and events, arranged theme parties, but her real forte lies in her never say die spirit. “ My mom fell terribly ill, and that forced me to leave Mumbai and shift to Chandigarh to join her here. It was tough giving up what I was doing in Mumbai, but I decided to do something new.”

So, just when it seemed she’d had enough, and tragedy was about to overshadow her triumph, like a phoenix that rises from its ashes, she emerged yet again, emitting enough oomph and glitz, to dazzle our flashbulb-happy world.

Painting in two minutes
Gayatri Rajwade

Vinod Mehta demonstrates his skill
HAND PAINTED: Vinod Mehta demonstrates his skill. — Photo by Manoj Mahajan

City-based artist Vinod Mehta is on a new roll. Not content with experimenting with art all his life, he is now making paintings with his hand, in a matter of a few minutes!

And this new style came upon him quite by chance, just a few months ago. “I had to attend a formal dinner at a hotel in the city and the hosts came up to me and said please make us a painting in two minutes before you leave. And I said, okay if you say two minutes, then that is the time I will take,” he smiles.

The paints lay in front of him; the canvas all ready and he just dipped his hands into the colours and created a work of art in two minutes flat.

Working with acrylic on canvas and paper with water he can actually produce remarkable paintings in a jiffy with nature, religion and even moral issues, all find interpretation in his works. “I feel this is a rebirth because I can sense so much when I paint with my hands,” he explains.

Mehta started painting at the age of ten but it was a letter of appreciation sent to him when he was 12, by then President of India, Dr S. Radhakrishnan, for a painting he had done in charcoal, on him, that really spurred him on and continues to inspire him even today.

He started an institute of fine arts in Sector 18 and ran it till 1980. He was 20 years old then and his father was very keen he took up a regular job instead of dabbling in art. A Masters in Public Administration, Marketing Management and even a diploma in officer organisation and procedures from Panjab University, but his heart lay with his art.

Finally in 1998, Mehta decided to go back and now is one of the city’s well-known art teachers with students as young as 4 years to 92 year-old veterans.

And what he teaches them is really just about everything he knows. “I have worked on a variety of mediums and techniques and what I teach is not just art but interior decoration, fashion design, even design of structures.” Along with painting on glass, using spatulas for that fan-brush technique and even a special form that he has developed called fire-painting where literally you use fire on the canvas to create artworks.

His paintings are all an extension of him, “for I really believe I have been to the places and gone through the incidences that I portray,” finds pride of place in various collections including the Government Museum and Art Gallery, Sector 10.

But a memorable moment came when renowned fellow-artist M. F. Hussein, who came to see him in 2004, remarked that he would carry the mantle of art forward after him. “I do not know how he said this, but I felt wonderful,” he says.

And in a bid to carry his mantle of art forward, Mehta is preparing to exhibit his works abroad sometime next year and also wants to start his own art gallery in the city where anyone with artworks to showcase will be welcome.

Until all this happens, his hands will continue to work their magic.

Romance of ghazal
S.D. Sharma

Vocal music has been endowed with a far higher status than instrumental music as only the human voice is said to be capable of expressing the whole spectrum of human emotions”, agrees young ghazal maestro Arshad Khan. But he holds that a similar emotional depth can be achieved with instruments like the Sarangi and Esraj if they are played with immaculate perfection.

Trained at an early age in the family tradition of Esraj-playing by his father and guru, Ustad Allaudin Khan, of Delhi gharana, he gradually became inclined to the romance of ghazal singing. This was apparently due to a regular interaction with ghazal maestros like Ghulam Ali, who was a family friend.

Talking to Lifestyle at Pracheen Kala Kendra, Arshad maintained that the idea was to delineate different emotional moods, be it the ghazal or an instrumental composition. The nuances and complexities of raagdari can be better achieved if one specialises in any musical instrument. “This has been an asset to my ghazal singing. Besides, I have had the privilege of accompanying icons of the classical and light-classical genre like Ghulam Ali, Salamat Ali Khan Saheb , Ustad Nusrat Ali , Reshma , pop singers and Robert Miller, the US saxophone maestro, in various concerts. There was a lot to be learnt from these celestial musicians, he says with reverence. 

Arshad observed that Indian classical music or ‘systematic’ music as they call it, is much more popular among the western audience because of its sublime character rather than light music. He is at present associated as a performer with the Taj group in Dubai and performs in Gulf countries.

He rues that there is a substantial decline among the performers and the audience for both ghazal and Esraj as they are obviously difficult to learn. Ghazal singing demands a profound knowledge of literature, pronunciation and andaaz-e-byan. An in-depth grasp of technique, swar and shrutis can only embellish your performance. Arshad Khan is here to perform at the 112th musical baithak of Pracheen Kala Kendra.

History in search of Culture

Ishwar Dayal Gaur
Ishwar Dayal Gaur

The times that we are living in call for a new approach to the writing of history. It must be other than what we studied in the classrooms at school. It is no longer just dates of battles and the obsessive details of the ruling classes. It has to be people’s history and not just a mere record of the dead and gone past but a living document that sees the positive factors of societies and the bonds that held them together in a humane manner. This is more so important in the case of Punjab, a land that faced many invasions and yet held together different religions and culture until the great betrayal at the time of Partition. Since the ides of August in 1947, the divided Punjab on both sides of the border has seen many mutinies and many miseries. What does the historian do in such a scenario? Ishwar Dayal Gaur, a Professor of history in the city, teaching at the Evening Studies Department of Panjab University, has found a way out. He is a historian of Punjab in search of not just the culture of Punjab but also its folklore. Gaur says, “What pains me most is the fact that the cultural landscape of Punjab is totally absent in the history text and my effort is to enter the empty spaces and reclaim the culture and folk ethos of Punjab that held together the diversity of the land of the five rivers.”

Poetics and politics

The reason for invoking Gaur and his work this week as one goes hopscotch and jump is the publication of his second book of verse called Charkha Bole Sayin Sayin. His first book of verse was called Surmedaani and was published in 1999. Punjab and its rich past of a culture shared by different communities is the theme of the poems in the two volumes. The first poem in the collection is called Panchnaad, the old name of Punjab. Gaur invokes the rich past of the land to understand its present and also dream of a better future. Like Kundera, his is a struggle of memory fighting forgetting. The poem is long but very enjoyable and in it he uses the metaphor of a reporter for a historian:

Khabar-navis di

Juarat kithhe!

Chalda hai

Uh maar ke

Aksar adkal nu jinde!

Kahe Hussain Fakir

The poetry of famous Sufi poet Shah Hussain, who is also the pir of the city of Lahore, has been the endless source for titles of Punjabi, ranging from the poetic to the prosaic and so it is with Gaur’s book that is inspired by a kafi of the poet who used the metaphor of the charkha or the spinning wheel for the human form and Sayin is the Lord or the higher force that Sufi poetry always tries to reach through the physical expression:

Charkha bole Sayin Sayin

Bairrh bole tu

Kahe Hussain fakir Sayin da

Main nahi sabh tu…

— Nirupama Dutt

Religion and stereotypes

Diya Sodhi
Diya Sodhi

Religion — a wide term, one that most of us are familiar with, but not many of us take time to understand it. A term that has been misunderstood and misinterpreted by most of us, it has led to the division of the entire human race. Not only have countries been divided, but also cities and even societies are also divided on the basis of religion today.

Why? What happened to the preaching by all religions—ones that taught love, brotherhood, harmony, peace and togetherness? We all claim to follow our religions (“religiously”, if I may be so bold), but whatever happened to all those teachings? Where did they get lost? When did we stop practising our religions and make way for cynicism, hatred, enmity, sadness, sorrow and anarchy in our minds and our hearts?

Today religion has become a vehicle for politicians and sometimes the media to move the masses. We have started typecasting people on the basis of their religion. Just because one person from a certain religious group does something wrong, we brand the whole group as bad or wrong. That’s how we create negative stereotypes and fuel issues like racism and communalism.

It is heartbreaking to see that it is more the ritualistic aspect of religion that is observed as opposed to the spiritual aspect. Religion, sadly, is losing its essence.

In the old days, when religion had a stronger hold on the life of people, they were understanding towards one another and lived in mixed communities They were more tolerant towards one another, lived in peace and were much happier (i.e. as far as I know).

Religion should be confined to our homes, hearts and religious places and should not be flaunted on the streets. That will make the world a better place.

— Diya Sodhi

Beyonce in Mariah’s footsteps

Mariah CareyIt seems Beyonce Knowles is following in the footsteps of fellow singer Mariah Carey, as far as diva-demands are concerned.

The Crazy In Love singer shocked organisers of a British gig by asking for an unlimited supply of Pepsi cola and a two-man ‘love seat’.

Beyonci’s demands didn’t end here, as she stunned organisers further when she ordered her dressing room be heated to exactly 78 degrees Fahrenheit to maintain her voice, before her performance at the BBC Chart Show Live in Brighton on Sunday.

“Beyonci wants to make sure her vocal chords are in tip-top condition so she needs the temperature to be just right,” the Mirror quoted a source, as saying.

The other items the pop superstar requested were: boxes of Honeynut Cheerios cereal and a supply of turkey sandwiches.

Kate for a Titanic family

Kate WinsletHollywood beauty Kate Winslet has revealed that she is enjoying motherhood so much that she plans to have more kids.

The Titanic actress already has two children - Mia, six, with ex-husband Jim Threapleton and Joe, three, with her current spouse Sam Mendes, but insists her maternal urges still aren’t satisfied.

“I’m hoping to have more kids. “I don’t know whether (to have) one or two. Oh God, I would love to have more,” she said.

And Winslet insists the most satisfying part of motherhood is bringing her children up as far away from the Hollywood lifestyle as possible.

“Mia said to me the other day in the car, ‘Mum, I really love your cooking,’ she was quoted by Contactmusic, as saying.

JLo gets homely

Latino diva Jennifer Lopez may have made it to Harper’s Bazaar’s best-dressed list, but the singer/actress insists that her days of gracing red carpets in eye-catching outfits are over.

The ‘Jenny from the bloc’ singer has revealed that she would rather stay at home than dress up to go out.

Lopez has deliberately toned down her look from the days where she appeared in slashed-down-to-her-navel dresses and now prefers “clothes that are closed up to the neck with bows.” Lopez, who designs her own fashion range called Sweetface insists she is “not into ‘sexy, sexy,” and also claims she’s not into attending events just to show off her great sense of style.

“That going-out-and-being-glam thing gets old fast. People keep saying to me, ‘You’re not out there anymore.’ “And I say, ‘That’s because I don’t want to be!’” she was quoted by Contactmusic, as saying. — ANI

Health tip of the day

Swinging the head around at a full range of motion i.e. head rolling should be avoided as this can cause pain, dizziness and vertigo.

— Dr. Ravinder Chadha

What the cards say today...

ARIES: Chariot cardgives ‘focused energy’ and concentration on a goal. You have come to a stage in your life where ‘karmic speed breakers’ and circumstances will compel you to put aside grey thoughts and aim for the sunbeam instead. Pets, children, home, gardens can take much of your time. Lucky colour :  Black. TIP OF THE WEEK : Don’t waste an opportunity by being rash or impulsive.
LIBRA: Good time for relaxing  and rejuvenate yourself. Don’t  be in a hurry on Sunday. Hard work and perseverance will certainly get rewarded. Put behind the unpleasant events of the past and look forward to a nice week. Genuine appreciation and understanding will come your way. Lucky colour : Royal blue. TIP  OF  THE  WEEK  : There are challenges, no doubt, but the returns that follow will far exceed you estimate.
TAURUS: “The  Queen of Roads” brings love and romance. Personal relationship and friendship flower. New career opportunities due to your past efforts. Spending quality time with your partner will be a priority for you. There could be good news regarding a family member on Tuesday. Business needs your attention on Wednesday. Lucky colour : Saffron. TIP OF THE WEEK : Don’t try to end all the deadlock at one go.
SCORPIO:  “The Knight of Disks” supports you through a busy and tiring week. Working people, career women will do well despite work tensions. Computer and writing professional excel this week. Students may need to go slow for sometimes. Family situations will be generally peaceful and there will be spiritual activities in the family. Lucky Colour: Lotus Pink. TIP OF THE WEEK :  Feel free to change your mind.
GEMINI: “ Ace of Pentacles”  reveal  family pressure and responsibilities.  Do not get tangled with an idle and superficially attractive person. Timely support from an Aquarian friend surprises you.  Fitness routines and healthy diets are prescribed for your well being. You will strike a good bargain. Concentrate on your routine work. Lucky colour : Deep crimson. TIP  OF THE WEEK: Be articulate  to prevent people   from making their own conclusions.
SAGITTARIUS: “ Seven  Golden Cups” full of light an blossom greet you with happiness . A journey for business or holiday is likely. Drive carefully and give attention to any odd symptoms of your vehicle on Tuesday. Focus on investment on Tuesday and Wednesday. You delegate responsibility and allow others to flower and grow. Beware of strangers on Thursday. Lucky Colour : Forest Green.  TIP OF THE WEEK  : Don’t read too much into ordinary situations.
CANCER: The third eye of  Lord Shiva opens for an infinitesimal moment to instigate a major transformation. You have a renewed sense of enthusiasm, even zeal, in projects having meaning for you. Important issues come to light on Monday you must address them even though there is a dark underside to them. You’re challenged to turn around questionable circumstances for the better. Lucky Colour : purple. TIP OF THE WEEK  : Arrogance and pride will not be rewarded.
CAPRICORN: “The Hanged Man” opts for important changes at home and work. You are blessed with spiritual insight and clarity of vision as you move into the new current for the future. You can expect visitors and communications from overseas to be positive and helpful. Its best not to have great expectations in any aspect or you could be disappointed.  Lucky colour : White. TIP OF THE WEEK :  Leave things open ended for best results
LEO: Your card “The Sword” represents light and clarity. You have the courage to express your true feelings and emotions in a romantic involvement Avoid mental stress. A celebration or travel over land is on the cards. Focus on meditation, yoga & exercise. Lucky colour : Cherry red. TIP OF THE WEEK : You need to be creative if you want to retain your grip over your business.
AQUARIUS: “ Ten Golden Cups” suggests deep family roots , feelings and strong relationships.   Peace and compromise after crossing swords with a loved one are on the cards. Financially you may expect a windfall  on Tuesday. Visitors and news can be expected on Thursday. Be prudent in your speech. Lucky Colour : Scarlet. TIP OF THE WEEK  :   Try to be active in catching financial opportunities.
VIRGO: A calm and happy week is indicated. Sunday is good day to tackle difficult task. You work best with people who share a common vision. You focus on what you want and let those with different ideas go their way. Pay careful attention to financial solvency. Yoga & meditation bring balance. Lucky colour : Turquoise. TIP  OF  THE WEEK: You concentrate on projects with reliable outcomes.
PISCES: “The Two of Wands” makes you winner. Don’t rely on someone else, you will find yourself in a bind. A journey by air is on the cards. Some business plans may change. Don’t let anyone dictate what you should do. It has to be your own decision. Love is in the stars if you are true to yourself. Lucky colour: Golden yellow. TIP OF THE WEEK: Seek out solid ; well researched information before  making any moves.

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