To sir, with love 
The recent inclusion of harassment-by-the-teachers chapter in the city’s academic history may have given the student-teacher relationship a bad name, but love between them is not always dishonorable, says Saurabh Malik

Call it puppy love or fatal attraction, his prolonged stare makes her see things that are not there. Reading too much between the lines, Mridula confuses his anger as a sign of extra attention and blushes every time he asks her to repeat the answer. At home, she rehearses lines from metaphysical poet John Donne’s The Canonization: “We can die by it, if not live by love, And if unfit for tomb or hearse our legend be, it will be fit for verse”.

Wedding bazaar
Priya Gill
he shopping paradise of the North, Ambala Cantt., is committed to keeping up with the latest trends while cutting consumer costs. Several wedding apparel outlets, tell us what is new in the market and how they can afford to reduce prices and keep customers satisfied.

Blooming happiness
Though the bungalow is  more or less locked ever since Col Balwant Singh made his final exit from the world, chuckling clusters of red and gold, blossoming in the beds still greet guests
Saurabh Malik

n any other house, with the owners away, weeds of gloom would have taken over but not here. For, ever-so-faithful gardener Ram Naval’s sweat mingles with the soil to make this garden in Sector 9 Chandigarh’s best in the medium-size category. Just in case you do not know, the garden was adjudged Numero Uno among the ones with area over one kanal but less than 2 kanals during the recently-concluded Rose Festival.

Zip, Zap, Zoom
City women take to the wheel today for a car rally
Saurabh Malik

iving life on the fast track, city girls are gearing up to drive all the way into yet another male bastion. After walking shoulder to shoulder with men in the corporate world, they are now getting ready to negotiate the sharp curves of lives all the way to Kiarighat in Himachal Pradesh during the’s Women’s Car Rally.

Matka chowk 
The world of courthouse notices
Sreedhara Bhasin
had the uncertain fortune of visiting the Chandigarh district courts the other day. While I waited outside the courthouse on a windy afternoon for my pending work to get completed, I had a look around. There were tables adorning huge signs promoting multi-faceted paralegal services, albeit the grammar in some of them could have done with some revisions. However, in the world of attestation and notarisation – linguistic correctness always takes a back seat to verbiage and obliqueness.

Beauty comes calling
Smriti Sharma
he kept us all waiting. But when Miss India Neha Kapur finally descended on the venue, the wait proved to be worthwhile. The tall, leggy beauty queen, who came launch a hair clinic at Mohali, turned out to be quite a crowd puller.

Hair and now
launch invitation doesn’t necessarily bring cheer on an otherwise windy, dusty Saturday morning unless it’s unique. This one was exactly that. Finally, the city residents have a reason to rejoice, for the first ever-exclusive hair and scalp clinic, Richfeel Trichology Centre opened at Mohali. And to inaugurate the clinic, the reigning Miss India, Neha Kapur, was present.

Lip service and service to the lips
Chetna Keer Banerjee
he recent Women’s Day hype may or may not have been mere lip service to the cause of emancipation. But one thing it certainly was: an occasion to service the lips, and more. Going by the rash of special offers doled out to women by beauty boutiques and salons on that day, it would seem that women’s lib is more about gaining liberation from all those rashes and warts that are a seen as blot on the face of womanhood.

All that silver
ust Silver, an exclusive showroom for silver jewellery specialising in the latest variation of fashionable silver ornaments, has been inaugurated in Sector 44-D, Chandigarh. The opening was done by Ritu Kocchar, Director, NIFD.

Taking Haryanvi folk to new heights
Usha Sharma has danced her way into the hearts of international audiences
S. D. Sharma

he vast assemblage burst into a lofty applause as Jawahar Lal Nehru, the then Prime Minister enraptured by entrancing her aesthetic spell, rose to bless child prodigy a public function. “The adulation showered on me by Nehru Chacha at the model gram samaroh made me a star among school children,” reminisces Usha with pride.

Meet the brothers
emember the song on Mika-Rakhi controversy that created waves all over the small screen? Wonder how the song came into being? Well, here’s how it goes— straight from the horses mouth, Meet Brothers Harmeet and Manmeet—“we were sitting with Mika in our studio and were actually questioning him about the party incident. Interestingly we asked him in a musical way only to realise that we got the lyrics of the song”, quips in the duo who are in town to promote their album Out of Control Punjabis.

Gearing up for summer 
Priya Gill
small room in Aroma Hotel swarms with women desperate to stock up on designer summer wears. The room buzzes with commotion as hands fondle the fabrics and every 10 minutes or so a considerable portion of stock seems to vanish from the racks.

First Day First Show
Has Vikram Bhatt lost his touch?
hat on earth has happened to Vikram Bhatt? Is he the filmmaker who directed films like Ghulam, Raaz, Kasoor and Ankahee? His new film Red—The Dark Side is a routine tale of fanatical love that leads to murder, obsession and the dark side of human existence.

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