Serial addiction
Anandita Gupta

Ekta Kapoor is Indian woman’s agony aunt, but guess what men like her serials too...

After women and anorexic actresses (aerobics-obsessed Rekha to a frail Kareena’s Tashan), it was men sweating it out for muscles and more…Then, they were spotted in front of the mirror checking the effect of that newly-applied fairness creams. One day, we even caught them ogling at themselves. The battle has been on, for that perfect body, fair and lovely skin, highest EQ’s and now for the remote.

Strangely the ‘K’ bug has bitten men, and they can’t help going ga ga over it. We take you to the drawing rooms of city’s few soap-addict men.

Wives rejoice! For, husbands can give them company in soap viewing. Chirps businessman Saurav Lakhanpal, “My wife and I are too busy to catch up on all soaps, but we don’t mind watching Kyunki saas..or Kahani ghar… I started watching them for the sake of company, I kind of enjoy them now.” So, what so ‘enjoyable’ about them? “The colourful, 24-member-family besides, those dramatic twists and turns,” smiles Ravi Saini, a model. But don’t these soaps get boring? Of course they do, but then we have a blast laughing at the predictable situations”.

Agrees Panchkula-based Narender Prakash, “At times, I get irritated with my favourite soaps too. Most of them keep inventing newer characters to drag the serial for ages. But then, one doesn’t require taxing one’s brain to watch these serials. Besides, some soaps are really enjoyable, like Banun Mein Teri Dulhan on Zee. Another of my faves is Saloni. It’s about a girl who’s not conventionally pretty. I wish we had more of such soaps,” confesses the TV buff.

Chips in advertising professional Vikram Bansal, “All soaps aren’t necessarily saas-bahu sagas. Some of them are about social issues, while others come as a refreshing whiff of entertainment. Recently, there were Ek Ladki Anjani Si, Virasat and Viruddh, that weren’t saas-bahu sagas but interesting takes on family problems. Many of my friends loved these soaps.”

Well, here’s another glorious feat, which calls for Ekta’s thanksgiving visit to Siddhi Vinayak!

No rhona-dhona, please!
Anandita Gupta

If you thought women were watching only saas-bahu soaps, then you are in for a surprise!

Let’s face it. The saas-bahu sagas stand rock solid on TPR charts. We may grumble about these serials being so very unreal, hurl curses at Ekta and even refuse to sob when a Saagar or Vidya die, but soaps remain unshakable. So, we’ve sadly acknowledged these ‘mid-dull’ class entertainers as prime time maharanis.

However, don’t give in to the prejudiced verdict: It’s women who love sob soaps. For, city women surprise us by turning the verdict upside-down. So what triggers their adrenaline? We delve into their broadening entertainment spectrum.

Fashion Gyan

Reality shows are passé. And with music shows mushrooming everywhere, it is no longer music to the ears. It’s rather fashion and entertainment that appeal to our swish set. “Fashion isn’t about viewing a fashion show. It has to be more than grandiose clothes, maybe a show that’s fun, unconventional and presented well,” muses fashion stylist Kiran Grewal. Managing her company Balwaar, with 50 women kaarigars working on her crochet, phulkari and embroidered collections, the young designer simply loved Adventures of the Ladies’ Tailor. “After Vir Sanghvi’s A Matter of Taste, Discovery’s done a smart thing by roping in popular designer Manish Arora as this show’s host. This six-episode series took me on a colourful, splashy ride, deconstructing design the quintessential Arora way.” What her mom Pretty Sandu loved best in the show was “the designer’s chirpy and flamboyant nature along with the show’s fast-pace.”

Series vs serials

WOMEN today work, multi-task and live life the fast lane. Who has the time to keep track of who married or remarried? How many illegitimate children does Mihir have? Confirms HR professional Nidhi Bakshi, “I loved Ganges, Discovery’s three-part series on river Ganga that was aired some time back. The special documentary on the epic journey of the life-sustaining river beautifully captured the spirit that binds the country. The focus on the economic activities that the river sustains in the towns located on its banks was particularly informative.” Having recently returned from a Californian Ayurvedic retreat, she loves travel shows, “My latest addiction is Discovery’s six-part series The Story of India every Wednesday, which reveals the diversity and richness of India, besides momentous events in world history.”

High Life

Jewellery collector Gitanjali Gill can’t get enough of glamour-laced lifestyle shows. “As the temperature rises, I cool off with the summer line up of luxury lifestyle. My perennial faves include Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, while the recent add-ons are Limited edition and In High Spirits on NDTV Good Times. Focusing on all things luxe, these shows set the benchmark for what to covet, from million dollar-yachts to the finest chocolates!”

Rugged n’ restless

City’s young turks are game for watching travelogue-reality shows like MTV Roadies. Chirps 25-year-old Roopika Grewal, a social worker with Sikhya and Aasra Trust, “This reality show, wherein the participants roam around on Karizma bikes is interesting. I love the ruthless, weird tasks that participants have to perform, besides the tough-as-nails competition. Adds anthropologist Rajni Lamba, “The Oprah Winfrey Show is my favourite. I enjoy the edgy, in-your-face attitude of some participants here besides Oprah’s quirky style. And of course, talking about young, how can we forget Friends? “While watching Friends, I forget it is a TV show and those are actors I’m looking at. They seem so real, every character in the serial has its own personality different from others,” smiles Lamba.

Tales long forgotten...
Purva Grover

A handful of writers are helping children literature in Punjabi find its place on the shelves

Jasbir Bhullar
Jasbir Bhullar

HOPPING on to bebe’s bed each night for a story telling session is passé. Tales of Sheikh Chilli befooling one and all is boring in comparison to the adventures of Pokeman. School libraries are too happy boasting of their stock of Harry Potter editions. And as for the little one, he wants a laptop for his birthday. In short, reading and creativity is dead. What happened to baatan? (Yes, that’s what tales narrated by granny were called) Are we ashamed of our mother tongue? Don’t the parents want to inculcate traditional values in the children? These are just some of the questions that trouble the men who are fighting the lost battle to keep children literature in Punjabi alive. We spoke to these writers to find out what is that makes them pick up the pen despite all the gloom.

“It’s our duty to keep the children’s interest alive. We have to fight the battle for the survival of our mother tongue,” says Jasbir Bhullar, who has over 30 years of experience as a writer and recently gave us Pataal de Ghitmuthiye.

Harnek Singh Kaler
Harnek Singh Kaler

“How can one respect the mother tongue when one sees a career that’s largely English dominated?” he questions. And from where did the journey of this Mohali-based writer began? “It began in 1983 when my son fell ill and was bound at home. I narrated stories to keep him entertained,” he tells. Next, he came out with his first book Jungle Tapu that was later translated into 21 languages. Novels, short stories and plays followed suit, and so did awards. Keeping him busy at present is work for his book called Pari Kahaniya Varge Din.

Says Harnek Singh Kaler, assistant editor of Primary Sikhya, “It’s no longer about just value-centric stories, we need to make the children aware of their responsibility towards the environment, parents and society too.” Primary Sikhya is published by the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB). Confesses Harnek, “I don’t think and write the way I used to when I started way back in 1977, for birds and animals have given to way computers and supermans. So I try to incorporate the new elements.” Harnek started writing for children only when he joined PSEB, prior to that he used to write on Sant Sahitya. Panchian de Sunehen,, Rukh Bol Paye and Anmol Dhan are some of his well known works. These days he writes mostly for the magazine.

Simran Singh Kaler
Simran Singh Kaler

Another writer who swears by children’s literature is Patiala-based Darshan Singh Asth. He laments, “The books need to be reasonably priced so that it falls within the pocket money of the child.” Introduction of mobile libraries can help the books reach rural areas and as for the urban society, he feels the parents and teachers need to be reminded of their role. He has just finished penning down a three-part riddle series Bhoojo Bacho Mei Haan Kaun? Recalling his school days in a village in Patiala he says, “My elder brother used to get books like Bal Bharti, Bal Darbar, Bal Sandesh for us from the city ” And that’s how his affair with children’s literature began. In 1979, Bal Sandesh carried two poems penned down by 14-year-old Darshan then and in 1986 his first book on short stories Changi Aadtein was published. With more than 30 books to his credit today, he still feels a lot needs to be done to give children’s literature its right status.

A Gen-Y budding writer doing his bit for children’s literature is Simran Singh Kaler. He has just finished writing a play Panch Masta De Toli and a novel Baba Fakir Singh Diya Golan. Says Simran, ”The only way to ensure that values reach the children is to provide it to them on an entertaining platform. They don’t want mere traditional moral science stories today.” So Simran brings together his childhood experiences with the trends of today, essentially fantasy in the latter.

All we can say is that till their pens are at work and their passion at a high, there is hope for us. 

Playing along
Parbina Rashid

Ravinder Singh, a senior flute artiste, can give Gen Y a run for their money

In the world of music where fusion is the name of the game, Ravinder Singh’s crusade to keep the purity of ragas intact, is indeed praiseworthy. A senior flute artiste from the region, Ravinder has managed to submerge his own entity in the melodies of pure raag and we are going to sample that soon from his first solo album, which showcases his light classical compositions based on Raag Hansdhuni, Raag Jog and Khamoj Thumri.

This album comes after two years, the first one Kalpana recorded along with Saras Vani player Subhash Ghosh.

With a master’s degree in vocal, taking up flute as a mainstay musical tool was not an easy decision for Ravinder. But he stuck to it. Owe it to the inspiration he derived from the image of Lord Krishna and later his successful attempts at playing his first filmi song Reshmi Salwar Kurta Jali Ka stayed throughout. After his Sangeet Praveen in vocal music from Prayag Sangit Samiti, Allahabad, he went to do a senior diploma in instrumental music (flute) from the same institution.

“It was a difficult decision, as it takes a lifetime for an instrumental artiste to shine. But I cannot give up flute,” he says. Having played for All-India Radio, Delhi and Jallandhar, Ravinder, wherein he had the chance to perform with singing sensations Jagjit Singh, Sitara Devi, Gopi Kishan and Reshma to name a few.

Adds Ravinder, “I have composed music for Balwant Gargi, Amal Allana, M.K. Raina, Ram Gopal Bajaj and Harish Bhatia from 1965 -1995. Some of his prominent plays include Amal Allana’s Hai Badan, Harish Bhatia’s Ala Officer and Dulari Bai. What about creating music that caters the younger generation? “There are others who can do that. I would rather like to maintain the purity and tradition of raags,” come his reply.

So, what does he do when he is not playing flute? “I write. My book Valvale pyar de on Punjabi geet and ghazals was released couple of months ago,” he informs. 

Go get a high
Manpriya Khurana

Add that extra zing to your dressing with these stylishly designed high heels

Ask any woman, and chances are that she will describe them as the greatest gift to mankind. For a seven-year-old girl, it’s a fantasy and for a college lass, completely indispensable. They are none other than those high heels- the same stuff that you wore secretly when your mother was not watching you. It still remains a woman’s must have in the wardrobe.

For that feminine touch

Excess of everything is bad, but here, the higher, the better. Says Neha Grover, a public relations professional, “There is a certain feminine grace that comes in when you walk with high heels. They are the most versatile piece of fashion statement as they perk up any dress and make you glamorous instantly.”

So, what’s new

Kinky boots, Kitten heels, platform shoes (though not really considered high-heels in the literal sense of the term), wedge heels (where heel is in a wedge form and continues all the way to the toe of the shoe) or the evergreen and most popular stiletto. Variety galores- you have ballet boot (where the heel height is usually 7 inches or more depending n the size of the shoes!), court shoes, also known as pumps, heeled shoes with low cut fronts and no fastening. But its the wedge and the good old stiletto that rule the roost.

Watch that step

If you are a die -hard fan of heels, there are things you must be aware of. Heels go well with a one-piece dress, a gown, skinny jeans, skirts (of any length), sarees and Indian-ethnic wear. Avoid wearing them with shorts, swimsuits (unless you are participating in a beauty title) or anything sporty. As per Dimpy Gujral, city-based designer, “Footwear is an important part of your dress, more than the clothes. High heels go well with skirts, skinny jeans. They are a no-no with capris and casuals.”And one big precondition to sport almost any pair is a well-maintained pair of pedicured feet. No amount of dressing up and sporting expensive brands is going to work if you have nail paint coming off your toe nails!

Health over heels

Here comes the flipside. High heels have been associated with “Foot and Tendon problems”. This is apart from causing various kinds of foot pain and foot deformities, including hammertoes and bunions. It has also been reported to make the wearer predisposed to degenerative changes in the knee joint. As Dr. Wadhwa, orthopaedician at Fortis, says, “High heels can give you from pressure sores, low back aches to calf pains and knee pains. The most common side effect of continuous wearing of heels is ankle sprains. And in case if you topple over, it can even result in a fracture.” He further adds, “I advise that the length of the heel be no more than two inches”.

But yes, there’s definitely no harm in collecting dozens of them and stacking them up in your wardrobe!

Destiny child
Jasmine Singh

A homeopath by profession, television actor Manav Vij is all for life & good roles

He is an actor chosen by destiny, to be a part of sapnoo ki duniya, Mumbai. Meet the almond eyed Punjab da puttar from Ferozepur, Manav Vij, who plays Joydeep in Kyunki saas bhi kabhi bahu thi. In life struggle is very important, believes the modest actor. “There will be days when life will treat you like a stray dog and their will be days when the world will be at your feet, you will be a king, smiles Manav. So, no worries live each day as it comes. I thoroughly enjoyed my journey in the serial, from Joydeep, a nerd to a business tycoon to again being boy next door.”

Having started his career with Shaeed-E-Azam Bhagat Singh, Manav went on to do a couple of Punjabi movies, Mannat, Des\ hoya pardes, Waris Shah before the big leap came. “I was approached by Ekta Kapoor for the role and well, I couldn’t have said no. Let me tell you, adds Manav, I have garnered a lot of experience and goodwill, which is a must for any actor.”

But career wasn’t ‘happening’ from the word go, Manav had to go through his share of struggle. “I had to work really hard to carve a niche for myself in the television industry. It was and still is work 24X7, tells Manav, who is quiet adapted to the ways of the big city and television fraternity. Each day comes with a new promise and I believe in making the best of the day.”

For sure Manav has made the best of the opportunities thrown at him. He worked in Kasturi and now he is being roped in to be a part of the ongoing Kis Desh Main hai mera Dil on Star plus. “I am happy with the way my career has shaped up. Having said that I must add that I have the potential to do better roles. Ekta Kapoor gives appreciable space to her actors to show their skills and this is one reason why the K brigade is so big and popular. She is a thorough professional, someone who values time and good work. Audiences’ complaint about repetitions and melodrama, at the same time they enjoy it too. Explains Manav, Kyunki.. is like one big family and it is difficult to focus on all the characters in one episode, which I guess is the same with all telly soaps”.

Save for television, Manav is keen on doing some good cinema as well. “Punjabi or Hindi, I just want to do some substantial roles. In fact, I am already shooting for Gurdaas Maan’s Aaja Pyar kar lai. I have shot for a high school musical reality show for NDTV Imagine’s, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. I am all for anything interesting”, he sums up.

Little Interview
Touching new heights
Manpriya Khurana

THE loverboy of Rabba Ishq Na Hove and the bad boy of Kesar and Kasturi is now all set to don the uniform and play Officer Abhimanyu Adhikari in Star One’s Choona Hai Aasman. Calling it a dream role, Nikhil Arya, better known as Rudra of Kesar, spoke to us about replacing Iqbal in Choona... , his future plans and yes, on why he loves our city!

n How did acting happen to you?

Nobody in my family was into acting, in fact, I too was involved in my family business. I met Hemant Trivedi on one of my business visits to Mumbai and it was on his suggestion that I got my portfolio done and things took off from there.

n Describe Officer Abhimanyu Adhikari.

Mellow at heart, good at hiding his emotions, and a fighter.

n Did you go through any kind of special training for this role?

I would have loved to, but time constraints didn’t allow. Though, I did my bit of homework.

n How easy or difficult was it stepping into Iqbal Khan’s shoes?

Honestly, not at all. Every actor has a different way of approaching the role, so there can be no comparisons. As for me, I go according to the narration.

n You have a special fondness for Chandigarh. Right?

Yes, I simply love the city for its natural beauty and also for the love and respect I have got from people here.

n What are your future plans?

Well, I just got married and in fact was enjoying a break when Choona… happened. As for future, you’ll see me as an anchor and may be on the silver screen too.  

Matka Chowk
It’s just the beginning… 
Sreedhara Bhasin

Chandigarh railway station truly deserves the title of Makeover no1- Towering artwork, sporty new walkways, assistance booths, drinking water stalls and digital counters indicating position of compartments, railways is getting better.

I’ve always thought of Chandigarh station as an anomaly, especially when I step into the Delhi railway station that somehow looks better these days. It was a frightening place with rats darting around; garbage lying on the tracks.  

But, the recent station improvements have not taken note of some very important points. How could none thought of a bookstore? We definitely need a good bookstand at the station, where you can pick up a last minute Khalid Hosseni or Agatha Christie. Why should bookstores only be reserved for airports?  

And then we also need a coffee stand at the station. I often catch the morning Shatabadi to Delhi. Getting to the station before 6.50 am is a real task. You bet. A warm cup of coffee can do wonders.

We also need a system to board the train. People forget their sense of order and humanity trying to enter the compartment with such fervour that I wonder whether this is the ultimate goal of their life. I have had my hand badly twisted, foot trampled by fellow passengers and have often felt the need of a drill sergeant with a whistle. 

While we are at the realm of rail travel – Indian Railways can certainly do without the instrumental music played on the Shatabadi. Long forgotten songs, played over and over again. I think the railways have only one or two albums, which they play on every ride. ‘Tumey na janey kis jahaan main kho gaye,” is a timeless piece. Trust me few filmi songs can jazz up the mornings and evenings. 

But the way things are going with the railways; we might have many more additions. A mobile charging stand in every compartment or cyber booth. Safar abhi baaki hai mere dost!  

Write to Renee

at or Life Style, The Tribune, Sector 29-C, Chd

n I am an 18 year-old-girl studying in Chandigarh and staying in a hostel. My parents separated after I was born and I have been living with my mother, who is working, and is very fond of me. My father comes to visit me and I am also fond of him. My father gave me a very strange picture of my mother’s character, which I recently discovered was false. I love my mother very much but am confused. I cannot decide how to deal with this new set of feelings.

Rubina Mehta, Chandigarh

I empathise with your pain and the conflict within you. I don’t think any child deserves to be deprived of a normal childhood, but then life has its own way of happening and we have just got to learn to deal with it to the best of our ability. I’m sure your mother is a wonderful woman who brought you up and did not say negative things about your father. Try and forget the past mean things said about her. You need to build up the courage within yourself to be strong and handle the situation. Firstly, give yourself love and understanding; just repeat to yourself that you are ready to heal and forgive both your parents. Once you love yourself enough, healing will happen naturally.

n I am 23 and have just passed my engineering. I have come to the village to stay with my parents for a while. Here, my uncle, who is jealous of my father, has got me into a drinking habit and I am turning alcoholic. I do not really feel like going back to the city as all my friends will find my new habit very strange. I would love to sort myself but do not know how to do it. All my frustrations and anxieties seem to fade away once I have had a few drinks. I want to get rid of this habit.

Avtar Sodhi, Jalandhar

Your answer lies within your self. I must admire you for such a clear and wonderful understanding of your own problem. Once we can analyse our faults, the path is quite easy. We just have to make up our minds and instill a level of self-discipline. You are just allowing your own mental weakness to take over. Make a timetable for yourself - get up at a fixed hour, exercise, introspect and meditate. By the time evening comes and you normally want a drink, you will not feel like it. Try and find a good sport or hobby for the evening and expend your energy there. Soon you will want to take up a job. Remember, your desire will create your circumstance.

n I am a 32-year-old woman working in a private firm. My problem is my boss, a raving and ranting slave driver. I feel very scared of him as each time I make a mistake he turns abusive. I have thought of quitting the job many times but somehow the salary is very good and the perks and timings suit me. After shouting at me, he calms down and is apologetic and says he will not repeat himself. We go through this routine at latest once a month. Do you think I should continue with this work situation?

Renuka Mathur, Shimla

Why must we learn to tolerate abuse? I have never understood why people cannot muster up the courage to build their own self-esteem and self-worth. Trust me, it will be worth the effort. You have just learnt to find excuses for the boss and yourself. Do you think there aren’t any other jobs available? I do not think there are any excuses for abusive behavior. May be as a child your boss had an abusive parent, so he is playing that role with you, or may be he is treated badly by his family at home and he is renting his frustrations here. Any which way, you needn’t suffer the abuse. Well, just get out of this one. You definitely deserve better.  

Ageing gracefully

Kylie Minogue, who turned 40 on May 28, is one of the celeb’s growing old most glamorously, according to a new poll. Almost half of those polled rated the Aussie singer above fellow 40-year-old Australian, Elle Macpherson and queen of pop, Madonna, who turns 50 in August. The survey of more than 36,000 music fans, conducted by new celebrity barometer xRankTM, also found that Kylie is the celebrity Britons would most like to see strutting her stuff aged into her 70s, reports the Daily Express.

The poll also revealed that it's not such a happy picture for some celebs, with almost a third (30 pc) wishing Amy Winehouse would hang up her coat and retire early before her image suffers any more blows, followed closely by Kerry Katona (23 pc).

When it comes to new idols who will most likely experience enduring fame and become the next living legend, Keira Knightly topped the polls as the people's favourite, taking more than a third of votes (38 pc), followed by Harry Potter star Emma Watson (20 pc). —ANI 

First day first show
Predictable thriller
Rajiv Kaplish

Woodstock Villa
Time pass
CRIME, suspense, a new star kid — Hansal Mehta limits his vocabulary to these words while directing Woodstock Villa. A slick tempo, an element of mystery and a new face will make it an engrossing tale, he thinks. He is partly right. The fast pace and the newcomer do manage to hold our interest. But the twists and turns in the story, which is about the abduction of Zara (Neha Oberoi), wife of a businessman, Kapani (Arbaaz Khan), by Samir (Sikandar Kher) and her subsequent death under mysterious circumstances do not keep us guessing. Unlike Johnny Gaddar, which had shocks coming till the end, Woodstock Villa after a while becomes a predictable crime thriller. The director lays more emphasis on style than on substance.

A surfeit of songs and unnecessary skin show also reduce it to a potboiler. There is a dark side to the character of all protagonists, but Mehta half-heartedly explores it. Debutant Sikandar Kher (though he prefers to call himself Sikandar) demonstrates that he has the potential to become a good actor and, if given good and meaningful roles, carry forward the legacy of his talented parents, Anupam and Kirron Kher. Though he looks quite mature, his voice and confidence are his assets. “Don’t come near me, I spell trouble”, says Neha Oberoi in a scene. How true! She only annoys the audience with her awkward grimaces and revealing costumes. Arbaaz and Gulshan Grover are impressive. Sanjay Dutt’s song seems to be an after-thought and serves no purpose. No edge-of-the-seat thriller, the film can be seen only for Sikander.

Showing at: Fun Republic, DT Cinemas, Neelam

Spectacular Crusade

Indiana Jones ...
Time pass
AFTER about two decades, the carnival of spectacles is here again. Gigantic waterfalls, spectacular chases and awe-inspiring caves. With Indiana Jones And the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull back is Dr Henry Jones Jr, popularly known as Indiana Jones. The search is for a mythical crystal skull which, on being restored to its original resting place in a tomb of an ancient civilisation will give the possessor unlimited mystical powers.

The Soviets led by scheming scientist Irina (Cate Blanchett) are also after it. Dr Jones now has an understudy, Mutt (Shia LaBeaouf), who later turns out to be his son. There is Jones’ cunning British friend, Mac (Ray Winstone). Then, there are senile professor Oxley (John Hurt) and Indiana’s first ladylove, Marriyan (Karen Allen). Will the dad succeed in his crusade?

Though Harrison Ford looks tired at times, he retains the charm of “Indie Zones”. His one-liners are intact. He performs some of the stunts with the remarkable ease of a youngster. Cate Blanchett looks fetching in military fatigues and is a perfect foil to Ford. Shia LaBeouf and Karen Allen make the proceedings lively by their breezy banter. Steven Spielberg’s direction may have lost some of its grip but it still has moments of its old magic. — R. K.

Showing at Fun Republic, DT Cinemas

Hastey... will make you cry

Hastey Hastey
TONY Ramanjit Juneja may have directed it hastey hastey (laughing). But we see it rotey rotey (crying). What else can one do when there are not one or two but three Rajpal Yadavs in the film? All engaged in a race to make the story as ludicrous as possible. Not that Yadav in a triple role is the one-man demolition squad. Jimmy Shergill who is supposed to be the hero plays no less a damaging role. Though he is a student in an American university, he spends most of his time either chasing skinny Maya (Nisha Rawal) or getting caught for a fraud he had not committed.

Blonde Tanvi (Monishka) and Upasna Singh have no less destructive nature and are bent upon making us cry with their hysterics. Though Tanvi runs a call centre, she is always busy devising ways to seduce Shergill by jumping in and out of bathtubs. Seeing her strong aversion to clothes, we throw in the towel before she does. — R. K.

Showing at: Fun Republic, DT Cinemas 

Health Tip

Wrist pain occurs due to injury or as a result of overuse. Acute injuries occur as a result of fall on the out-stretched hand causing fracture, dislocation of the bones and injury of the tendons. The location of the wrist pain helps in diagnosing the cause of pain. People who are suffering from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or injuries of the wrist should perform daily activities with minimal pain and stress on the joints. Precautions: Stop any activity which brings discomfort or fatigue. Avoid using grasping activities like opening jars or pinching grip movements. Avoid carrying items in the hands and use shoulder bag. Exercises: Treatment depends on the nature of injury. Bend the wrist forward and backward. Repeat ten times. Wrist curls, hold the weight (1-4 pounds) and slowly raise and lower the hand by flexing wrist. Repeat 10 to 15 times.

  — Dr Ravinder Chadha

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