Unfriend-ly gesture
 Neha Walia

With Facebook jargon like 'un-friend' becoming part of official lingo, we take city Facebookers' take

What's the first thing most people do when they break up and the last thing you expect from a deranged friend? What is the latest tool of social embarrassment and the easiest way to take revenge from a 'frenemy'? Unfriend. Yeah, we guess you got it after the social embarrassment clue. Just a little change in your FB friend's list and the job's done. The definition of the verb is just as you'd expect, "To remove someone as a 'friend' on a social networking site such as Facebook. The word that seemed important in the life of an average Facebooker has been acknowledged by the Oxford Dictionary's "Word of the year". Strange, it may sound to all the lesser mortals, but the word sure seemed to have impressed someone.

Though this is not the first time that Dictionary got 'tech'nical, after words like Facebook and Blog got recognised, but the announcement makes it interesting to notice the evolution of linguistics, thanks to selective words from our neck of the woods. "Everybody is using these words and so it is not possible to avoid their influence in spoken as well as written language. Something that we cannot eliminate must be accepted. Unfriend word is otherwise important because it's popularly used. If we can incorporate literary, and technical terms, there is no harm in recognising social terms as well," says Manisha Nagi, an IT professional from city. Social terms are a heavy influence, considering that the other words in competition were 'hashtag' which is the hash sign added to a word or phrase that lets Twitter users search for tweets similarly tagged; 'intexticated' for when people are distracted by texting while driving, and 'sexting', which is the sending of sexually explicit SMSs and pictures by cell phone. "We are virtually living another life through these social networking sites. Even when we are not online, we use such words in our conversation. So, no surprises if unfriend becomes word of the year. In the online social networking context, it's meaning is understood, so its adoption as a modern verb form makes this an interesting choice," feels Gagandeep Walia, a UIET student.

Though not everybody stand up in solidarity towards the recognition. "Usage of colloquial words may be acceptable in speech but not by some literary critics. If we are recognizing one word because its popular than it opens the door for more such terms and it might effect the defined and refined usage of language," feels Manish Dhiman. Another one who thinks it's a negative move is Sakshi Kaushik, a research scholar at Department of English, PU. "Such negative connotative words should not be recognised as it further makes their usage popular. By 'Unfriending' you are calling somebody unfit for friendship, which is not in anybody's good taste." So, is it globalisation of the language that we are feeling? "May be. English is becoming everybody's language and sometimes people use words but are clueless about their meaning. Its surprising to se such a word being recognised as word of the year," she adds. "It's kiddish too. Before joining FB, I had never heard of the word, though I always knew de-friend existed but not un-friend. Lets wait a while and we can have words like 'saala', 'Yaar' being recognised too since they too are very popularly used in 'English'," she says.

May be next year we hear words like deleb (a dead celebrity), Lols and re-friend as the chosen ones.



With more and more teenagers switching to instant messaging and social networking sites for speedy communication, email could be extinct within a decade, says a new report.

The electronic form of contact is losing its charm as millions of teenagers ditch it as their main form of communication, said the study by social anthropologist from the University of Kent. Although inboxes are still filling up daily all over the world, experts believe emails are dying out because they are too slow, too inconvenient and simply not fashionable any more.

The study commissioned by broadband provider TalkTalk found only 51 per cent of Britons in their teens or early twenties say email is their first choice of communication, The Daily Mail reported.

Email took 20 years to develop into the phenomenon it is now, but could take just half as long to die out again, said report author Professor David Zeitlyn. Experts reckons people prefer the 'one and done' style of message, which is where a short message like those on Twitter, can be sent to all contacts at the same time.

Other email alternatives, such as instant messaging, texting and social networks like Facebook, are quick and easy and can be done anywhere with modern technology. — PTI 

Punctual Paa

Bollywood’s leading beauty Aishwarya Rai Bachchan believes that when it comes to time management, there is no better example than her father-in-law, megastar Amitabh Bachchan. The 36-year-old actress who is currently shooting Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Guzarish with Hrithik Roshan, said that the Big B inspires her to be punctual.

“His commitment and dedication is an example for everyone to follow,” Ash told reporters at the launch of a new product of the international watch brand she endorses.

The actress who is a globally known face thanks to her high-end endorsement deals and international films like The Pink Panther and Bride and Prejudice said that she likes to enjoy the present and live it to the fullest whether it is professional or family commitments.

“We live such busy and hectic lives that we just sail through the moment. The pace of our lives is so hectic that we don’t get to feel what now is all about,” she said.

The former beauty queen who recently completed shooting for Mani Ratnam’s Raavan slated for a mid-2010 release, said that she does not have any regrets.

“I have a positive approach. Times can be good or bad. I look at all experiences as a learning curve. Sanjay (Bhansali) reminded me that Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam has completed ten years. Subhash Ghai also recalled that Taal has also turned 10. Times flies fast and I consider myself blessed,” the actress said. — PTI

Aamir does it again
 Joginder Tuteja

Aamir Khan is known to walk the path less travelled. And has done so again by choosing to release the music of his upcoming film 3 Idiots online and getting the parents of composer Shantanu Moitra and lyricist Swanand Kirkire to grace the event.

Though he is not the producer or the director, Aamir was instrumental in organising the music release of the much-awaited film. Moitra and Kirkire are touched by the actor’s gesture to call their parents instead of a Bollywood biggie to launch the music.

“It was Aamir’s idea to release the music online and get it released by my and Shantanu’s parents. This is something that is not done usually. We felt so nice,” Kirkire.

This is the first time that Kirkire, who has written lyrics for films like Eklavya: The Royal Guard, Lage Raho Munna Bhai, Parineeta and Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi, has worked for an Aamir starrer.

Moitra, too, was overwhelmed by the 44-year-old’s gesture and said it was not only an honour for him, but for his parents too.“My mother had a small accident few days before the launch and I was in two minds about taking her from Delhi to Mumbai. But Aamir messaged saying that on occasions like these it is great if we can have our parents with us so I should get them flown. He didn’t have to but he still messaged,” Moitra told.

“It was a great honour for my parents to stand amidst such stars and launch their child’s work. I was happy but it was also a very happy moment for my parents to see their son do well,” he added.

Moitra has also scored music for films like Khoya Khoya Chand, Lage Raho Munna Bhai, Yahaan and Parineeta among others. Based on Chetan Bhagat’s bestseller Five Point Someone, 3 Idiots also stars Kareena Kapoor as well as R. Madhavan and Sharman Joshi. It is slated for a Dec 25 release. — IANS

Madhuri to play Indira

Bollywood actress Madhuri Dixit is all set to essay the role of former Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi in a two-part biopic by filmmaker Krishna Shah. The Golden Globe nominated Shah has been writing the script of the film Mother: The Indira Gandhi Story for last 23 years and he now plans to bring it onscreen by the end of 2011, Variety magazine reported.The renowned director-producer, who has earned critical acclaim both on Broadway and in Hollywood, has roped in Dixit to play the lead in his ambitious project.Shah hopes to begin shooting in April in India and also plans to shoot some parts in the US, UK and Russia.

“It’s such an exciting, dramatic story. The canvas of her life is too big to be contained in one film,” the writer-director said.“It will be in Hinglish,” Shah said, adding that the film will have no songs and will be different from a Bollywood-style movie.

Shah’s direction credits include films like Hard Rock Zombies, American Drive-In, Cinema Cinema and Shalimar.

The 42-year-old Dixit is known for her roles in blockbusters like Beta, Tezab, Dil and Devdas. Her last Bollywood film was Aaja Nach Le, which did not do well at the box-office. She lives in the US with her doctor husband Shriram Nene and two sons Arin and Raayan.— PTI

Saif defends mom
 Joginder Tuteja

Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan says it is “ridiculous” to think that his mother and censor board chief Sharmila Tagore gave an ‘adult’ rating to Kaminey because it starred Shahid Kapoor.“It is ridiculous to state that anyone had any personal bias against Kaminey,” Saif told even as his own movie Kurbaan is about to release Friday with an A certificate.“I know for sure that my mother is a great authority when it comes to the censors. My own Kurbaan has got an ‘A’ certificate and I know where she is coming from.”

It was insinuated that Vishal Bharadwaj’s Kaminey was given an A rating - restricting viewership - as its lead actor Shahid was once in a relationship with Saif’s girlfriend Kareena Kapoor.

But Saif said: “Any talk of personal enmity are completely fictional. I don’t even know the actual people involved who spread such rumours and frankly I don’t care. Such things don’t even enter my radar.”

“It’s really rubbish if some people feel so. Kurbaan getting an ‘A’ certificate is hardly a fitting reply. It’s a sad state of affairs when people start speculating about everything and anything. As someone who has been part of the industry for long, I don’t take such things seriously,” Saif told. 

As for Kaminey, he said: “I think Vishal (Bharadwaj) is a wonderful filmmaker and I liked everyone’s performance in the film.” Saif himself came up with an award-winning act of Langda Tyagi in Bharadwaj’s Omkara. Is it really easy to be oblivious to all talk that his mother may have shown bias? “I hear a lot of things in the 24 hours that I have in a day.

 This is why I just chuck out whatever is irrelevant. I don’t quite get into the ‘why’ and ‘where’ of affairs till it is absolutely warranted. “She doesn’t have any problems with anything shown on screen. But, yes, she has problems with things that are shown to children. She will ban something if there is something which is inflammatory. What I know for sure is that she is a good mother and follows the same caring attitude when it comes to censorship as well,” said Saif.— IANS

Vegetarian Vivek

Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi, who recently turned vegetarian has been hailed as “the real hero for all animals” by the animal welfare organisation PETA. After learning that Oberoi has gone the veggie way members of the animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India sent a gift to the actor thanking him for his kind choice. 

“By going vegetarian, Vivek Oberoi has proved that he is a real hero for all animals”, PETA’s Campaign Coordinator Nikunj Sharma said in a statement. “Kicking the meat habit is the best thing that anyone can do for animals, their own health and the Earth,” Sharma added. 

Oberoi reportedly left eating meat after being persuaded by his Kurbaan co-star Kareena Kapoor who is a strict vegan. Another Bollywood heartthrob, who prefers vegetables over meat, is Shahid Kapoor. — PTI

Snack charmer
 Jigyasa Kapoor Chimra

Winter may be a little delayed, but city markets are already flooded with innovative winter snacks 

Cold days, hot meals and a lot of snacking, that's winter for many of us. Apart from those tasty beverages, hearty breakfasts, lunches and dinners, this is the time of the year when many of us go looking for things to munch in the afternoons, evenings and even after dinner. Though you'll find a variety of readymade snacks and namkeens available in the market there are certain things that are peculiar to the winter and the most-loved winter snack remain the peanuts, rewari and gachak.

Available in city markets, the variety and price vary from shop to shop. Nevertheless, there are many more things that you can pick up for winter snacking.

Says Rohit Gawri from Peshwari-19, "The concept of winter and summer snack is no longer there, as most of the things are avialable throughout the year. But yes, the consumption definitely increases during these months, especially of namkeen, peanuts and gachaks." Ask him about the much-liked variety, gachkas and he says, "Right from til to gud to chocolate, we even have the murmura and channa gachak with us."

With varied flavours available in the market you can pick the plain gud gachak, in pan flavour, chocolate with til, dry fruits, gulab, khas-khas, channa and even the papad ghachak (a variety that is paper thin).

"Gachaks are not the only things which are in demand during winters, sweetmeats like til bhoga, panjiri, anjeer ki burfi, besan ke ladoo are also in demand," says an employee of Sindhi Sweets-17.

The hi-end shops like Sindhi's and Gopal's are quite famous which offer anything you can ask for, but then a line of shops in apni Shastri Market- 22 too has a variety of gud and til ki ghachak.

That's for sweet something that will surely add to your calorie count but for healthy snacking there are roasted namkeens like soyabean, jawar, roasted corns, a mix of murmura, channa dal, peanuts etc. However, these are easily available at Empire Stores-17, Bhatia's-35, Amrit, Phase V, Mohali and the inner-market of Sector 35.

Well, ready-to-eat snacks are always welcome, but why not explore things that are natural. Figs, almonds, sweet potatoes and good-old mungfali (peanut) are some of the good options that will only add to your variety of food and not the fat content. So, why not try some recipes that you can easily try out at home.

For the easiest recipe, boil sweet potatoes and sprinkle it with a chaat masala. This is a delicacy that is available at Rs 15 per plate in Sector 17.

For another healthy and easy-to-make option, take roasted peanuts, dates and almonds. Take a small bowl and mix the ingredients in it. The quick snack is ready to eat. Sprouts, boiled black channas mixed with onions and tomatoes are also a good option. So, take your pick and have a healthy winter snacking.


Bon Appetit
Pumpkin Power

It’s a good source of fibre, its loaded with vitamin A, B and potassium, it has no cholesterol, its 90 per cent water and it’s even Cinderella’s escape vehicle! There’s everything good and nothing scary about a pumpkin, unless it is carved into a fanged, snarling Jack O’ Lantern for Halloween! Just how can you go wrong with consuming the big, rotund pumpkin that is ever so versatile for cooking ? The bright orange color of pumpkin is a dead giveaway that pumpkin is loaded with an important antioxidant, beta-carotene. 

This nutrient performs many important functions in overall health. It may reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancer and it also offers protection against heart disease. Pumpkin seeds are a superfood, so including a handful of pumpkin seeds may offer protection against the development of prostate cancer in men. They contain high quantities of protein, iron and phosphorous and even a tablespoon a day would be a good addition to any healthy diet

The record for the largest pumpkins ever grown was broken this October when one farmer grew a hefty fella weighing more than the average cow! Officially, this giant tipped the scales at 1,725 pounds at the Ohio Valley Competition! In India, pumpkins get converted into a sabzi or a halwa, but nothing beyond. The western world transforms this non-fattening fatty into pies, bread, muffins, salads, cheesecake, soup and even fudge! Pumpkin blends well with a combination of powdered cinnamon, cloves, dried ginger and nutmeg. You could grind them together, using twice as much cinnamon as the other three spices. You will find it a handy additive to keep in a jar for all our Indian dishes too. I suggest we drop our opinion about the good ol’ kaddu being a dumb vegetable and give these new ideas a shot!

Sweet Pumpkin Bread

1¾ cups all purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon nutmeg ¼ teaspoon ginger powder1/4 teaspoon ground cloves ½ cup butter 2 eggs 1 cup sugar ¾ cup cooked pumpkin puree ¾ cup chocolate chips(optional)¾ cup chopped walnuts Spice Glaze ½ cup sifted confectioners sugar¼ teaspoon nutmeg½ teaspoon cinnamon


Grease the bottom of a loaf pan. Preheat oven to 350 F. Sieve flour with soda, salt and spices. Set aside. In another bowl, cream together the butter and sugar till fluffy. Blend in eggs and beat well. Alternately, add to this the dry ingredients and the pumpkin. Stir in chocolate chips and ½ cup of the walnuts. Tip the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle the top with remaining walnuts. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes to an hour. Cool; Blend the glaze ingredients into 1 to 2 teaspoons of cream or milk until it has the consistency of a glaze. Drizzle over the baked loaf and spread with a spatula. Let stand for at least 6 hours before slicing to serve.

Pumpkin Pie For the Crust

¾ cup maida(or half and half of atta and maida)1/2 cup rolled oats, finely ground 2 teaspoons granulated sugar

½ tsp salt½ cup cold butter, cut into small pieces2 to 3 tablespoons very cold water


COMBINE flour, ground oats, sugar and salt in medium bowl. Cut in butter with two knives until mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle with water; blend together with a fork until mixture holds together. Roll and fit into a pie dish, trimming away excess dough from the sides. Bake blind in a pre-heated oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-12 minutes.

For the Filling

1 cup cooked, mashed, drained pumpkin1 cup milk1 cup sugar 2 eggs, beaten2 tsp. flour1 tsp. Vanilla1 tsp cinnamon60 gm butter( ½ cup)


Mix all together in a small pan, settled into a larger one that has boiling water in it. This is called the double boiler system. Continue cooking and keep stirring to keep smooth. Pour into the semi crisp crust. Bake until golden brown at 350 to 400 degrees. Serve, cut into wedges with a scoop of ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream

Winter fusion fest

Black Magic Celebrate the spirit of Desi Tadka with Flaming shots this Winter Season. It’s a place that lets you relax, savor a meal, enjoy a conversation and sink into a magical experience that Black Magic offers.

Spice up with Chef Ajay, who proudly presents you a delightful array of cuisine - Chupa Rustam (combination of grounded vegetables, stuffed with cheese); Bhutte ke Kebab (the humble corn is given the flight royal treatment, off the cob poached in milk, blended with herbs, spiced with pepper); Murg Hazaarvi (boneless chicken marinated in creamy cheese paste grilled in an earthen oven); are the attraction of the food festival– our chef forte, Eat it to believe it. This winter raise a toast and splurge on the best flaming shots at Black Magic. Black Magicalso books your afternoons with its sumptuous Executive lunches. The Cuisine is Indian and Chinese , so you can dig in and feel right at home during the welcome breaks from your work. In addition we offer you a choice of Bacardi or Eristoff, so that you can cool – off and stretch a little, and be right back in shape for work.

If you don’t have time to prepare lunch at home, drop in at Black Magic and enjoy the executive meal for Rs.149 Veg and Rs.199 Non Veg plus taxes and is on from 12 noon everyday. — TNS

Wine facts

A new study by Cambridge University suggests that that the French may owe their passion for wine to Ancient Greeks, who introduced the drink in the country. The research, by Prof Paul Cartledge, says that the original makers of Côtes-du-Rhône may have been the successors of the Greek explorers who settled in south of France nearly 2500 years ago (600 BC). His study seems to contradict the theory that Romans introduced viticulture in France.

The study discovered that the Greeks founded Massalia (today’s Marseilles) and made it a commercial centre, where local tribes of Ligurian Celts came for barter.Prof Cartledge believes that soon enough the nearby Rhône had developed into a major roadway town for terracotta amphorae vessels carrying the Greek made fermented grape juice.

And this new drink instantly became popular amongst the tribes of Western Europe, which in turn is related to the French taste buds for wine.

The Telegraph quoted Prof Cartledge as saying: “I hope this will lay to rest an enduring debate about the historic origins of supermarket plonk.

“Although some academics agree the Greeks were central to founding Europe’s wine trade, others argue the Etruscans or even the later Romans were the ones responsible for bringing viticulture to France.” According to Prof Cartledge, two key points prove that the Greeks brought vine to the region: “First, the Greeks had to marry and mix with the local Ligurians to ensure that Massalia survived, suggesting that they also swapped goods and ideas.

“Second, they left behind copious amounts of archaeological evidence of their wine trade (unlike the Etruscans and long before the Romans), much of which has been found on Celtic sites.” The discovery of a five-foot high, 31.5 stone bronze vessel, the Vix Krater, found in the grave of a Celtic princess in northern Burgundy, France, adds weight to Prof Cartledge’s findings. — ANI

Buckles & belts
 Jigyasa Kapoor Chimra

This collection is all about leather

Mostly associated with bikers, military aviators, rock stars, punks, goths and metalheads, leather got a new lease of life when actors like Tom Cruise made it a style statement in Top Gun, Arnold Scwarzenegger teamed it up with his blue jeans in Terminator and Keanu Reeves wore it in The Matrix and back in apna Bollywood Aamir made a leather statement in the movie Ghulam (Aati Kya Khandala) and lately we saw Ranbeer Kapoor wearing one at the promotion of his flick Ajab Prem Ki Gazab Kahani. Though we've often seen models and actors showcasing some stylish pieces on ramp, but making this garment more trendy and wearable is Aditi Wasan, who showcased her collection of leather jackets, bags and boots at Samsaara, Taj.

Talking about her collection, there are some smart a-line jackets, three by four length trench coat style leather jackets, biker jackets etc, but the USP of the collection is the silhouttes and the use of varied hues. Colours like tan, copper, red, grey, green and white have been used apart from the regular black and brown. Ask her about the varied colour palette and she says, "In sync with the international market, we are one year advance to what is already being offered in India. And considering the monotony of black and brown in leather apparels we have made use of varied hues, so that we can break away from the past trends."

Exquisitely designed, keeping in mind the wearability factor Aditi says, "This is our first launch in the premium segment and we've tried to give leather a more casual and trendy look." Ask her is Indian market ready to experiment with leather garments and she says, "Though the season is very small and people not very experimental, but since Indians have become global beings and are travelling a lot, leather is slowly becoming a staple in the wardrobe."

With no background of fashion designing we ask how did she get into the business and she says, "This is my family business and I have an experience of 16 years in the International market where we've worked with brands like Armani, River Island etc."

That was for leather jackets, but she has also showcased her collection of boots and bags. Trendy and tasteful, in bags who can pick from clutches to the oversize bags in colours like tan, red and black and in shoes you have an ample choice between slip-on's, ankle high to thigh high boots. Ask her to spell the shoe trend and she says, "More than style comfort and wearability is what we design for and this is the season of boots. And what's hot is knee and calf length boots." She adds, "Well for this autumn/winter grey is going to be a strong colour in shoes and bags."


Boot up
 Jigyasa Kapoor Chimra

This season sees shoe style going really tall, from ankle length to thigh high

Fashionistas say it is advisable for bold and daring women to keep a pair of black leather thigh-high boots in their collection. And considering the cold days and chilling nights ahead, this is one fashion accessory that is a must in your wardrobe. With loads of options starting from booties to ankle boots to knee-high boots and buckled and belted boots, no matter what your heel preference is there's plenty of variety available to choose from.

Talking trend, it's over-the-knee boots with really tall shafts that are extremely hot this season, and they can be found with low or high heels. Easy to wear, and very versatile, thigh-high boots look great with skirts and dresses, or with jeans tucked into them. Available across the city stores, you can check Mochis-17, Sant, Drishti, Drish and Regal, among others, for these varieties.

Slouch style

Slouch boots are also making their way back into the scene. In addition to the flat, casual slouch boots that you probably have buried in your closet, this time there are plenty of dressier styles to choose from as well. Says Gurnek Singh, manager, Drish-17, "From long to fur-lined there are numerous designs that one can choose from in boots. But considering the city's temperature, here women go for ankle, slouch or long boots only." Talk about colours and he says, "Black, brown and camel are the most wanted colours as they go with all dresses and suit all styles."

In addition to the above styles accessories to mark a boot, straps, belts, buckles and bows can be found on many of the styles and have become a trend in their own right.

Thigh pavilion

"Plain boots are always in demand, but people who are regular with boots want a variety in them," says Raghunath, manager, Drishti-17. Ask him about the styles and he says, "Thigh-high boots are the most in demand, other than that black leather boots sell like hot cakes."

Ask him about the variety in colour and he says, "Black is an all-time hit colour and will never lose its seductive appeal. Other than that brown and cream is also liked by the customers." Ask him what about colours like red or plum? "Brighter shades are not much in demand, it's occasionally that we get a demand for these colours."

Well that was for the city market, if you are looking for boots in teasing shades like hot pink, gold, silver, green and yellow, you can browse through online stores and buy thigh-high boots in colours that match your dress or attitude or could order your choice!

Talking to stylists, they recommend wearing thigh-high boots, especially in winters as they protect the wearer from getting cold. "This is especially desirable for women whose dressing style is 'minimal'. Thigh boots will offer them both comfort and a sexy tag at the same time," says Seema Sharma, fashion designer from Impressions-19.


Shoe byte

When shopping for boots here are a few things that one should keep in mind:

w Size of the thigh-high boots is extremely important. The boot should not just be comfortable on the foot but it should also fit well on the calf, knee and top of the leg.

w Ensure shoe designers offer gussets and straps to adjust the fit of thigh high boots.

w Height of heel is another important consideration. Avoid going for very high heels in case you are not comfortable with walking in them.

w Woman's figure is another key feature that should be regarded when buying thigh high boots online. Tight fitting thigh boots accentuate the beauty of slim legs and slender figure while loose fitting thigh high boots helps in camouflaging a stout figure. 

Folk lore
 S.D. Sharma

The International culture troupe will perform at the Festival of India in Jakarta

“Every traditional folk dance with its inherent twang, grace, vitality and dynamism, exudes its own aura and exercises a profound influence on the sentiments and dispositions of people in the world,” opines Daljit Singh, ace folk music and folk dancer of Punjab. Having performed as a folk dancer in European countries Daljit Singh now leads his ensemble, The International Cultural group, with artiste from Sangrur and different areas in Punjab for participation in the ongoing Festival of India in Indonesia. Courtesy, the Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR) the group is scheduled to leave on November 23 for a week long performances in Indonesian cities, as per Gyan Chand Regional officer ICCR. 

Though already on the panel of ICCR the troupe displayed their proposed repertoire of dances for final clearance at the Punjab Kala Bhavan. In all fourteen bhangra and gidha dancers including four female danseuses who had won laurels earlier and also at the ongoing North Zone university youth festivals have been picked for the festival of India by ICCR. Besides the leader Daljit Singh, Ravinder and Major Singh all others are fresh to make it to the fest. Sikanderpal Kaur, Kamaldeep Kaur, Baljit Kaur, Hardeep Kaur, Gobind Ram, Sanveer, Rajwinder, Kabinjit, Rohit Kumar, Maninder and Parminder Singh are the members of the troupe.

Talking about his passion Daljit Singh (a folk dancer and a senior college lecturer at the Akal Degree college Mastuana, Sangrur) says, “Now there is enough awakening and teaching pattern has changed from the Lord Macaulay concept, many see me as a role model engaged in the preservation and proliferation of folkarts. I had been a national level Kabadi player too and a prolific Punjabi folk singer with my album Naag much in demand and Folk Power is under release.” About his service stint as a sub- inspector in Punjab Police he says, “With the acclaimed folk maestro Pammi Bai as my senior in school and my mentor, I followed him to cultivate my passion and KPS Gill the than DGP offered me the job in their cultural wing. We contributed a lot for popularising the Malvai Gidha.”

On how foreign audiences react to their performances he says, “Our folk dancers are so vibrant and energetic that at all cultural meets abroad bhangra, gidha holds the key. However innovations in technique, style add to the performance level.”


This one is for the less-on-glamour heroes. The one’s not forgotten, just not much talked about. The Inquilaab- Historic Punjab International film festival brings back the saga of Shaheed Udham Singh, Kartar Singh Saraba and the WWI and WWII soldiers, the stories they made and left behind in legacy. Screening 13 documentaries on the life history of these freedom fighters, the film festival opened at the English auditorium at PU traces the history from 1947 onwards. “The movies and short documentaries will throw light on the biographies of Shaheed Udham Singh, Bhagat Singh and Kartar Singh Saraba, and features award winning works at the Toronto film festival. We also honoured families of WWI and II soldiers,” said Navalpreet Rangi, fesival director. Some of the award-winning documentaries include Inquilaab, based on Udham Singh’s life and Half Moon Files. 

The festival had presence of Col Paraminder Singh Randhawa, a researcher representing UNESCO. The festival will move on to Australia in December and London in January as apart of the cultural drive. “We are planning to host the festival in the interior parts of Punjab as well and then move on to the foreign shores. Also on the list is the Parliament of World Religion to be held at Melbourne in December. Movies based on the life of Guru Nanak Dev and other religious leaders will be shown there and this will be the first documentary on Nanak’s life to be made in English,” informed Rangi. —TNS

All is well

THREE IDIOTS (T SERIES): Director Rajkumar Hirani of the Munnabhai fame has come up with this Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor, R. Madhavan, Sharman Joshi starrer. So you can expect a laugh riot with a serious bedrock. The music by Shanatnu Moitra is indicative of what is in store. It may be madness personified but you cannot miss the streak of melancholy in it.

The finest example is All is well that focuses on the confusion of the present-day generation. The album does not mention the names of the singers but it has been crooned by Sonu Nigam, Swanand Kirkire (who is also the lyricist of this film) and Shaan. Zoobi doobi which comes next is equally zany. The song by Shreya Ghoshal and Sonu Nigam is reminiscent of the 70s hits. It has a remix also, with more modern music. Behti hawa sa tha woh again has Swanand Kirkire singing with Sonu Nigam in a soft, underplayed way. It is a typically situational song.

Give me some sunshine has dialogues by Sharman Joshi and vocals by Suraj Jagan. It talks of the frustration of the children who are spoon fed everything about their career by their parents. Sonu Nigam’s singing is brilliant in Jaane nahin denge tujhe and uplifts the song to a sublime level.

Unusual take

DE DANA DAN (VENUS): Pritam is slowly getting the hang of popular film music. He may not come up with top quality stuff but knows by now the recipe of success. This album of a Priyadarshan film appears to have several winners. The key lies in experimentation. He has made it bold to come up with unusual combinations. The proceedings start right with the word go, what with Rahat Fateh Ali Khan going semi-classical and Suzanne Demello presenting rap in the opener, Rishte naate. They are poles apart but complement each other well. It has been penned by Sayeed Quadri.

It has later been remixed by DJ Khushil in the voice of Kunal Ganjawala and Suzanne Demello. Manak-E’s voice may be too shrieky and Punjabi in Paisa but even this song works well since it has additional vocals by Rdb and Selina. The lyrics are also by the trio while the music is by Rdb. What matters is that it is a nice addition to the Pritam stable. The remix by DJ A. Myth is even faster. Banjyotsna shows promise in Gale Lag ja in the company of Javed Ali. Ashish Pandit’s lyrics are later reprised in another version in which Dominique Cerejo also shares the mike.

If the number of remixes is taken as the criterion, Pritam lays great stock by Baamulaiza by Mika Singh, Domnique Cerejo and Style Bhai. It has a “Ragga” mix and then another remix by DJ Chetas and DJ Nyk. It is a treat to hear Mika speak out the Urdu word Baamulaiza in his Punjabi nasal twang. Lyrics are by Irshaad Kamil.

Sunidhi Chauhan is at her husky best in Hotty Naughty. Music goes western for a few seconds and then becomes desi all of a sudden.

Kalpana Patwari proves to be a good counterfoil to Sunita in the remix by DJ Akhil Talreja. —ASC

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