Lighting up their personas with panache is a daring dose of delicious
If Stone Age inhabitants ever decided to leap out of those
voluminous history books and visit our city, they’d surely find
themselves in ‘glittering’ company (pun intended). No, we aren’t
using diamonds to create rock engravings, as this civilization did.
However, the tri-city’s fast emerging as the fastest growing hub of
diamond consumption. No wonder, our swish set obsesses over stones,
priced enough to make even the most generous of spouses snort. We peep
into their jewellery boxes to catch a glimpse of the fabulous world of
fantasy that lies inside.
floriculturists successfully experiment with exotic flowers
“No more florists and flower stories (unless of course, the usage
of ‘Bloom’ is for Orlando Bloom!)” The resolution spins in my head
over and over again. For, Valentine’s Day is finally over (and thank
God for that!) and all the possible flower stories have been churned
out. But then, the office phone refuses to stop ringing. Some
florist’s on the line and my colleague tells me he’s growing
something ‘interesting’. So hesitantly, I take the call. Twenty
minutes later, I pack away the day’s boredom, inhale a (already
flower-scented!) whiff of fresh air, and am on my way to this
florist’s farm Farming Roots. For, whatever this florist is growing,
is indeed interesting. Yes, very interesting!
Somal is now concentrating on commercial cinema
You cannot be associated with Bollywood for more than two decades and
not get affected by it. The industry may affect the way you think and
project yourself or even the way you live. But when Pammi Somal gets
affected, she makes a film. No, not the likes of Mummyji, the
Chandigarh-oriented film, which received rave reviews, but a pure fun
and masala film — Bollywood Biwies and to quote Pammi, ‘the name
says it all’.
Pammi Somal & Gurdas Maan in Mummyji
For the southern sector residents, shopping for more than just the
necessities is just a locality away. As Sector 38 is fast bagging the
distinction of a ‘business district’, they can now actually look for
style and pleasure without really getting behind the steering wheel of
their sprightly cars.
Photo by Parvesh Chauhan
The media bomb
The new era of media is rising. Yes, it’s the fast emerging
paparazzi culture. So what really is it? Is it really contributing to
the society? Or is the standard of media really stooping down? These are
some unanswered questions that need to be addressed. And now, let’s talk about electronic media. We are already bombarded with 10 to 12 news channels and the number is constantly increasing. Oh, there’s this channel that was recently showing a clipping about how the image of lord Hanuman was seen on a neem tree.
sister, like brother
Paris Hilton’s younger brother Barron seems to be following in her
sister’s footsteps. He was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving.
The 18-year-old was apprehended in Malibu, California, after a witness
reported seeing his black Mercedes-Benz swerving into a gas station on
the Pacific Coast Highway. According to the witness, Barron was driving
around the station in circles, chased by two men in a grey pickup who
eventually confiscated his keys.
The Power of Love
Starring: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan
Director: Ashutosh Gowariker
JODHAA Akbar is a sixteenth century love story about a marriage of
alliance that gave birth to true love between Mughal emperor Akbar and
Rajput princess Jodhaa. Political success knew no bounds for Emperor Akbar (Hrithik). After
having secured the Hindu Kush, he furthered his realm by conquest until
his empire extended from Afghanistan to the Bay of Bengal, and from the
Himalayas to the Godavari River.
GORGEOUS IN Gold: A Japanese model walks the ramp in a $ 265,000 dress
under the watchful eyes of two security guards. The dress has been made
by a Tokyo jeweller and is embellished with 325 Austrian gold coins!
Big Bro is watching
THIS is one of the most calming dentistries I have seen
in a long time. All over, at strategic, very visible corners, a very
tall, handsome gentleman greets us. It’s the same photograph in all
related facilities. He has wonderful features that would make most women
swoon. However, deep down, from my postgrad days, I recall Aldous
Huxley’s Brave New World. Mr Gorgeous is watching all of us and
we cannot ever forget that. That is why his hospitals run so well.
Perhaps Sansad Bhavan requires a combined version of Krishna Menon and
Indira Gandhi to remind us to behave ourselves or else
The artist in him is in search of peace
and it reflects in all his frames. Somber and serene, Sudipta Tewari’s
meditative figures have the capacity to enchant and seduce. Classical
faces in black and white come as a refreshing change, breaking the
monotony caused by abstract paintings, the toast of almost all major art
shows that happened in the city recently.
“Donating blood for more than 52 times is not for setting up a
record but simply obeying the dictates of my inner-self ,” maintains
noted theatre actor Yogesh Kumar. He holds that a true artiste should
have the knowledge of our cultural heritage and a vision to imbibe the
ethics of life and bring it out on stage.
It was a day to smile & win
Gripped totally by Valentine’s fever, these twosomes were all eyes
for each other…looking endlessly into each others’ eyes…oops teeth
(with their happy gazes pointed a little downward), as they smiled their
best 1000-watt smiles. The glow on their faces said it all, but it was
their unmistakable pearly whites, which helped them win each other’s
hearts, and well, prizes on the Valentine’s Day.
The place has roped in Shaukat Ali Quereshi (ex-Maurya Sheraton chef)
and his team.
What sets Rampuri cuisines apart is its characteristic aroma attained
by a mixture of special herbs and spices. If you want to have a first
hand experience, Moti Mahal-17 is to be in. The 10-day Rampuri Food
Festival is starting here from February 15, 2008.
women get easily depressed?
A new study has shown that that the brain’s serotonin system
differs between men and women, leading researchers to state that this
might be the reason why depression and chronic anxiety are more common
in the fairer sex. Serotonin is a brain neurotransmitter that is
critical to the development and treatment of depression and chronic
anxiety, conditions that, for reasons still unknown, are much more
common in women than in men.
Fans of desi Pop have another reason to rejoice now. Raj Brar, former
producer and lyricist of Punjabi songs, and presently a Punjabi cultural
singer, has come up with his new album — a mix of folk plus pop music.
Valentine’s Day saw Frankfinn Entertainment Company Private Limited
launching Brar’s latest offering ‘Rebirth’. The album was launched
in collaboration with Honey Singh.