CHANDIGARH INDEX



Rock the party
Apparels in hues that rock for a new you, party smart herbal products for the 'morning after' and so many other glam products, the city is all set to usher in the New Year, says Saurabh Malik
You are ready to slip into your stilettos for dancing into dawn and delight! After pulling that alluring little red dress out of the mind’s closet, right! Or else, you plan to deck up your jaunty jalopy with balloons and gladioli for driving all the way through celebrations into the New Year!


Phoren dancers, desi spirit
Belly dancers are no more swinging to the beats of celebrations. Bar tenders — igniting the sparks of passion by setting ablaze the counters — too are out of the revelers’ spirits. In 2006, ‘international’ dancers and disc jockeys all the way from Europe and Dubai are setting the pace for the New Year Eve’s celebrations, rhythmically and gorgeously. Right folks, you have guessed it correctly. Dancing and singing sensations from across the border are all set to make sizzling-with-excitement night hotter for the out-to-chill crowd. Taj Chandigarh has already tied up with the Les Belles Duval Revue for a ‘stunning performance’ in the Grand Ballroom.

LITERARY 2006
Booked for life
A tour of the city’s prominent bookshops and polite inquiries while on a quest to find out what the city has been reading this year led to a major revelation. Many of the bestsellers of 2006 had not been published this year, but were published earlier!

Kaya kalp for Chandigarh in 007
At the time of the year when the Archies and other gift nooks are flooded with people to get the best gifts for their loved ones as a New Year welcome, what would you like to have from your city beautiful in the year 2007? The catch phase this year-end for Chandigarh people is Happy New Chandigarh. All wish to see it happier and newer in the year to come.

WRITE TO RENEE
Reality bites

I am 23 years old and have been with my girlfriend for four years. We were studying theatre together and have been seeing each other ever since. Somehow I have started feeling very caught up in a situation as she is looking for marriage and I am not ready for it yet. I feel I have to see the world and experiment with my life somewhat.

Harry Baweja is the latest to join the bandwagon of sci-fi films.Sci-fi Harry
The year 2006 proved to be a triumphant year for Bollywood with an altogether different genre of movies ruling the box office. If Rang De Basanti and Omkara did a good business across Indian cinema circuits then the grand success of Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna overseas was no less. It seems as the year 2007 holds much more as the producers and directors gear up to give a face-lift to Bollywood once again.

LOVE IN SPACE: Harry Baweja is the latest to join the bandwagon of sci-fi films. — Photo by Vinay Malik

MATKA CHOWK
Thank the camel
The last day of the year is usually earmarked for pondering. TV journalism prepares slides showing events of the year unfolding – making sure there are plenty of jubilation and destruction covered. If I were to prepare a slide show of Chandigarh in progression – it too would be worth reflecting on.

Hollywood hunk
Perfectly chiseled face, imposing six-feet-two inches height, athletic gait, dark brown hair and eyes, make Paul Harika a face walking straight out of the Mills and Boons. His story is a happy one too, but one that took a lot of hard work to make his starry dreams come true.

Sunday’s brunch out
New Year is bringing a delicious gift for all you food lovers to savour. Along with a holiday, you will get a chance of tasting Sunday brunch buffet. Right fellows, the cool concept of breakfast-lunch combo “oh-so-hot” in metropolitans across the country has come to the city.