Sound track
In the Punjabi film industry every singer goes on to become an actor. So, is the trend here to stay?
Ashima Sehajpal

It's something so peculiar to the Punjabi film industry. Almost a natural progression, a hit Punjabi singer after a few years becomes a superhit Punjabi film actor. Bollywood this way 'lags behind'. It's just music director Himesh Reshammiya who took to singing, then acting, fighting, dancing, romancing… but back home, the examples are ample.
Gurdas MaanGurdas Maan
Gurdas Maan

The trend began with the revival of Punjabi film industry in 2003. Manmohan Singh's film, Jee Aayan Nu starring Harbhajan Mann was a mega hit then. This was followed by several hits by him, GurdasMaan, Babbu Mann, and even Gursewak Mann. Latest entries to the singer-actor 'club' are Daljit Singh, Raj Brar, Amrinder Gill and Miss Pooja.

And the reaction of Guddu Dhanoa? "I am unable to understand this compulsion of only casting Punjabi singers in movies". The action that followed this reaction was taking Daljit Dosanjh, Punjabi singer for his first film. "How can filmmakers experiment with a new actor when audiences only want to see singers in lead roles?" says Dhanoa.

The Punjabi film industry has gone through several ups and downs unlike the Punjabi music industry, which has always been very popular. Dhanoa adds: "It's a risk to cast a new actor, whereas Punjabi singers' popularity at least guarantee some audience."

The budget of Punjabi films has gone up from a few lakhs to a few crores now. Films are being shot in foreign locales; hi-tech cameras and best of the technicians are being involved.

"Because the cost of Punjabi films has gone up, it's not easy for directors or producers to experiment with new faces," says Amrinder Gill, of fame music album Dildarian. He was last seen in the film Munde UK De and is also working on the project Ek Kudi Punjab Di with Manmohan Singh. Even after a few superhit films, he feels Punjabi cinema is still in a nascent stage and cannot risk the launch of new actors. "We still don't have one Punjabi film releasing every week. More number of Punjabi films hitting the multiplexes would mean more opportunities for actors."

It's convenient to cast singers in lead roles as they needn't learn how to face the camera. Gursewak Mann, who has acted in Hawaein and Watna ton door, however, cites a different reason for the trend, "Established singers are able to sell the films better due to their mass appeal. They are trained, know how to modulate the voice and give the right expressions."

As Miss Pooja has been able to create a niche for herself in the male-dominated Punjabi music industry, she's also the first female singer to bag the lead role in the movie 'Punjaban…love rules heart'. Directed by Gaurav Trehan, the movie will have Miss Pooja in a double role. Gaurav Trehan justifies his choice, "She is a demigod for people in Punjab. She has an appeal that no other actor in the female lead has."

Manmohan Singh, who has given many hits, has casted Punjabi singers like Harbhajan Mann, Amrinder Gill in his movies and also Bollywood actor Jimmy Shergill. He feels that any actor who is popular with the public should be cast, even if they are primarily singers, "A good storyline is the basis of any hit movie, but if an actor is already popular with people it's always an asset."

The practice began with Gurdas Maan taking to acting during the '90s. "But that's justified, since he began his career in theatre and has done several plays," informs Hardeep Gill, a veteran Punjabi theatre artist. He rues the fact that theatre actors seldom get a break in Punjabi movies because singers serve a dual purpose — of producing the film and playing the lead role. "The budget of Punjabi movies has increased manifold in the past few years. Films can be aptly supported by singers, who also make a lot of money by doing live shows," he adds.

Although there is no harm in singers acting in films, it shouldn't become mandatory. Which, of course, it has!

Rapid strides
Gagan K Teja

Gurleen Chopra, who shot into fame with the hit Punjabi movie Hashar opposite singing sensation Babbu Mann, is busy shooting for her next Punjabi flick Ek Kabaddi Ek Mohabbat, opposite debutant Dev Kharoud, near Patiala these days. Having worked with the big guns of Punjabi movie industry like Deep Dhillon, Guggu Gill, Gurpreet Ghuggi, Shawinder Mahal, Sunita Dhir and Rana Ranbir, Gurleen feels she is lucky to be part of the project.

Gurleen became one of the top choices for Punjabi movie directors soon after her first release. The model-turned-actor from Punjab feels acting comes naturally to her and is certainly her first love. "Acting is what I always wanted to do and I am enjoying every bit of it. But it does not mean that I will take up whatever comes my way. I will only do performance-oriented roles," she says.

Talking about her career, Gurleen says she made her debut in 2003 with a Bollywood movie Indian Babu, which was directed by Lawrence D' Souza. Her second flick was Kuchh To Gadbad Hai.

Thereafter, she did several movies in Telugu, Kannada, Hindi and Tamil. Some of them include Oka Pellam Muddu Rendo Pellam Vaddu, Ayudham, Thullal, Nenu Saitham, Sardara, Vishnu Sene et al.

And whom does she idolise? "I am a big-time Sridevi fan. Her energy and screen presence are beyond comparison. She is my idol. She is a versatile actress and I wish to follow in her footsteps. I want to concentrate on roles that would bring out my talent and not just become a glamour girl," she says.

Talking about her role in Ek Kabaddi Ek Mohabbat, she says she plays an NRI girl Raunak who comes to Punjab to conduct some research on rural games. "The movie is about how she falls in love with a boy who does nothing and later how he transforms into a top-class kabaddi player," she informs.

Having worked in Akhshay Kumar and Govinda starrer Bhagam Bhag, Gurleen feels working with established stars props up the confidence factor. Trained in various dancing styles including hip hop, classical, salsa etc, Gurleen is now looking forward to her second innings in Bollywood. "A lot of discussions are taking place but I will be able to comment only after things are finalised," she signs off.

Over a cup of coffee!
Cafe Coffee Day's festival, which began in the city on Tuesday, aims at bringing the art of coffee making closer to the customers
Jasmine Singh

Meetings, break ups, patch ups, revelations, hushed secrets, gossip, proposals...everything is possible over a cup of coffee. This is precisely the reason for Cafe Coffee Day to come up with one of its kind coffee festivals across its cafes!

Felix Daniel Mathew
Felix Daniel Mathew

Chandigarh sees one such festival starting on Tuesday. This is just one reason; the other as we said is a wee technical. People with Cafe Coffee Day believe that coffee drinkers should not just come, sit and order a coffee of their choice. They need told the reason behind the scintillating aroma of the beans, the fresh taste of the brew, and how a good cup of coffee is made with coffee plunger and stovetop espresso maker!

So, here he is, Felix Daniel Mathew, manager food and beverage, Cafe Coffee Day, who shares with us what he calls the art of coffee making and finer nuances behind it.

"Indians generally like their coffee sweet and they have their preferences with coffee," says Felix. "But there is more to coffee than the aroma, the forth and the taste. With coffee festival we plan to highlight this," he adds. With the festival on, you can just walk-in to any Cafe Coffee Day joint and learn how to get the right brew using home coffee making equipments, and the art of brewing light and strong coffee.

This isn't it. Well, how many of us knew there could be a special coffee for the morning, afternoon and evening. "Of course. Some like cold coffee in the afternoon, while hot coffee goes well with the morning and evening time. There is a coffee flavour for every moment," adds Felix.

Did someone say it is nothing but an art? Smiles Felix, "Making good coffee is not some kind of rocket science. It is a kind of art. One just needs to get the proportions right. Besides, we want to show people that there are easier methods of preparing coffee too. If you know how to use a stovetop espresso maker, it does the trick."

The ongoing festival gives the customers a chance to get behind the essence of aroma, how equipment is used, how the coffee is brewed and a lot more. As for North Indians, loyal tea drinkers, coffee is no more a South Indian 'thing'. Felix sees a rise in coffee loyalists across the country. "Coffee just adds that extra punch."

And a little fable sums it right - Circa 1670, sufi saint Baba Budan on a pilgrimage to Mecca and Yemen was intrigued by a stimulating and refreshing drink he had never tasted before. The drink was made from the beans of the plant he had never seen before. Seven of those beans he brought back to India, wrapped around his belly, and planted them on a hill in Chikmagalur in Karnataka. So, you know where the coffee comes from. Thought you can just share the information with friends over a cup of coffee! 

Kite runner
I’d like to learn marketing from SRK, Aamir, says Hrithik

Bollywood star Hrithik Roshan is doing every bit to promote his upcoming film Kites, but admits he doesn't know how to market a film and would like to learn it from his seniors Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan.

"I don't know about the strategy and the marketing side of films. I'm still young in that space and still need to learn from my seniors and people who have inspired me like Shah Rukh and Aamir," said Hrithik on a recent trip to the capital."I don't know much about it and I don't have that talent. I'm an actor and I'm learning," he added.Kites, a film about an Indian dance teacher's affair with a Latin woman and their predicament as they don't understand each other's language, is being made in Hindi and English.

Directed by Anurag Basu, the movie also stars Mexican actor Barbara Mori and Kangana Ranaut and will release May 21 in over 60 countries.Produced by Hrithik's father and filmmaker Rakesh Roshan, the film will be distributed and marketed by Reliance BIG Pictures. — IANS

Yes Bose!
Rahul Bose'd love to make a film on rugby

Actor Rahul Bose, who is a former member of India's international rugby team, wants to bring the sport to the silver screen."I would love to make a film on rugby someday but the script will not be entirely on the sport. There will be something over and above the sport as well," said the 42-year-old actor.

So does he feel that a film is sufficient to increase people's interest in the sport?"Films on sports do increase the interest of audience in the sport initially, but I can't say that it gets a major boost in the long run," he opined.

The actor is currently upbeat about his upcoming film The Japanese Wife. Directed by Aparna Sen, the film revolves around a young village school teacher (Rahul) marrying his Japanese pen friend (Chigusa Takaku) though letters and remaining true and loyal to her throughout his life, while actually never meeting her. 

Rediscovering Dia

Arshad Warsi, who turned producer with recently released Hum, Tum Aur Ghost, says Dia Mirza has not got her due in the film industry yet."Dia is a very good actor. People have not utilised her potential.

She looks stunning, she acts very well. Apart from that, she is a kind of a person you can fit in any role," said Arshad, who teamed up with her in Hum, Tuk Aur Ghost .Dia plays Gehna, a high-profile fashion magazine editor, who is dating fashion photographer Armaan (Arshad), in the film. IANS

Shall we dance?

After Jhalak Dikhla Ja, actor Shilpa Shetty will again take the judge's seat for Star Plus' new reality show Zara Nach Ke Dikha."Promised to tell u all first... Will be judging Zara Nach Ke Dikha on Star. It's official so we are to start shooting soon," the actress wrote on her twitter page.
Shilpa Shetty
Shilpa Shetty

While Shilpa confirmed her presence, grapevine's abuzz that Arshad Warsi and Ganesh Hegde have also been finalised to judge the show.

The new show will see TV actors competing on the dance floor. The girl's team include Aditi Gupta, Hazel Crowney, Kritika Kamra, Mukti Mohan, Rakhi Sawant, Rashmi Desai, Sangeeta Ghosh, Sanjeeda Sheikh, Sparsh Khanchandani.

While the boys participating in the show are Aamir Ali, Abhishekh Avasthi, Angad Hasija, Karan Kundra, Karan Singh Grover, Aksshat Seluja, Siddhesh Pai, Sushant Rajput and Ayesh Khedekar. - IANS

That 70's show
Akshay Kumar
Akshay Kumar

Akshay Kumar and Aishwarya Rai will take the audiences down memory lane in a song in Action Replayy, a musical tribute to leading Bollywood couples of the 1970s. "This song, which will be shot in Manali, starts in a playful manner and then goes on to salute the stylish romance that was a trademark of the 1970s," said director Vipul Shah.

The song is composed by Pritam Chakraborty and the lyrics are Nakhre nakhre nakhre, nakhre hain naatak re, nakhre nakhre nakhre tu peeche hi rakh re."

"The five couples whom Akshay and Aishwarya will pay a tribute to in the five-minute song will be Amitabh-Jaya, Dharmendra-Hema, Rishi-Neetu, Rajesh-Mumtaz and Shashi-Parveen," said a source.

"Since the film has a retro feel, Akshay Kumar and Aishwarya will be dressed just like these legendary couples did in their films. The unit is currently planning how to choreograph the song," added the source.

Another fact that has created a buzz is Akshay's dance numbers in the film that instantly remind the audience of John Travolta in the 1977 hit Saturday Night Fever.


Righting the Robin Hood

Hollywood star Russell Crowe nearly quit his role in the upcoming Robin Hood movie after the first draft of the script painted the legendary British outlaw as a villain. The project, originally titled Nottingham, was marred with problems when production began in 2007, with movie bosses forced to halt work while scriptwriters reworked the story. Sienna Miller was originally cast as Maid Marian, but was axed in favour of Cate Blanchett, and the title was changed to Robin Hood.

Filming eventually began in 2008 and wrapped last year, and Crowe admits he's glad movie bosses agreed to rework the project because he wouldn't have continued if the script hadn't been rewritten.

"When I read that particular script, and no disrespect to the guys who wrote it, but it kind of read like CSI: Sherwood Forest. And I just wasn't into doing that. It wasn't interesting to me in that incarnation," said Crowe.

Added director Ridley Scott: "It was ridiculous. It was terrible, a page-one rewrite. If you're going to invest in a Robin Hood story, why call it Nottingham? You'd end up spending 80 per cent of the publicity budget on explaining why it's Nottingham, not just Robin Hood. It doesn't make any sense." — IANS

Red alert!

Hollywood legend Robert Redford has revealed he is against the idea of a behind-the-scene DVD feature for an outing because giving fans access to cinema secrets ruins the magic of the movie. The Way We Were star insists film lovers don't need accompanying documentaries detailing a project's creation because it detracts from their enjoyment.

"I'm just a purist. I never ascribed that you should have a documentary about the making of a film. Films were meant to be a kind of magic that transplants you somewhere else because you can use your imagination and not have everything spelled out about this trick," he said.

Redford is reported to have made the comments while promoting the Blu-ray launch of his 1984 movie The Natural, which boasts interesting facts about the making of the film. —IANS

Body beautiful

Courtney Cox decided not to use a body double for a scene in TV drama Cougar Town, which required her to strip. The actor claimed she wanted to present real issues facing ageing women.
Courtney Cox
Courtney Cox

She revealed that the scene, which showed her stretch marks and arm fat, shocked her former Friends co-star Jennifer Aniston.

"I think it was an important thing to do. This show talks about real things and real experiences, so I think I had to. I know my friend Jennifer Aniston was shocked I did it," she said.

She added: "Some people may not want to show parts of them that are not the very best and that's alright. I decided to show, and I don't care. It was important to show the real side of being 40." Meanwhile, Cox said she pays extreme attention to her fitness.

She said: "I try really hard. I walk, I run, I do elliptical (cross-trainer), I do band work, weights and dance aerobics. I play tennis and I eat really well. But I was also lit very well. Don't mistake Hollywood lighting for reality!"


Poetic justice
Punjabi poet Rattan Singh Dhillon’s name has been announced for the coveted Bhai Santokh Singh Award—2009
SD Sharma

Sirr te chhat nahin hai kewal deevaran deevaran ne/ Saade sirr te chhan keeti hai lishkdian talwaran ne …" the couplet, which captures the situation in Punjab when terrorism had assumed alarming proportions, comes from acclaimed Punjabi poet Rattan Singh Dhillon, whose name has been announced for the coveted Bhai Santokh Singh Award—2009 for his contribution to Punjabi literature. The award instituted by Haryana Punjabi Sahitya Akademi comprises a citation, shawl and Rs one lakh in cash.

Former associate professor and head of Punjabi Department, SD College, Ambala Cantt, Dhillon has been a member of many committees, participated in national and international seminars, conferences, workshops etc. He has organised youth festivals, cultural and literary programmes and national-level camps.

Dhillon has also been associated with the literary movement in Haryana. A committed writer of the downtrodden and exploited, he has made a mark as a social activist and art promoter. He has headed the INTACH, SPIC-MACAY and has been on the advisory board of top socio-cultural organisations.

He is credited with eight publications as author and has been editor of 35 research papers, critiques, articles of literary criticism, including the Haryana Sahitya Akademi award winning book Kaale Kohan da Safar.

Dhillon is still an obvious choice for mushairas, including those organised by All-India Radio and Doordarshan. "Of these, the ones held on the Republic Day and Independence Day gave me national recognition," he says.

He opines that contemporary Punjabi literature is rich in quantity but lacks quality. "Budding writers must attempt to emulate greats like Mohan Singh, Amrita Pritam, Shiv Batalvi and others," he suggests.

Foreign Impressions
Abiding love

Katarzyna Rozanska came to India only for three months, but stayed back for nine months and wants to be here 'as long as she can'. "I like it here. I love the city, the food and the people," shares Katarzyna who hails from a seaside city, Gdynia, in Poland.
Katarzyna Rozanska
Katarzyna Rozanska

"I found Chandigarh much better than I expected. It's heaven as compared to Delhi," she says.

About her initial impressions of the city, "In my city, most buildings are at least five floors and some more that that. So, I found Chandigarh pretty low lying."

When it comes to city attractions, Katarzyna loves Sukhna Lake the most, besides her favourite hangouts - 17 piazza, Rose Garden and Rock Garden.

"I love sitting by the lake and contemplating. Often, we friends get together, sit on the bank and talk about life in general," she says. "I have been to most of the gardens, but Rock Garden is amazing. On every visit, I discover something new," she adds.

And it's the food and people that top Katarzyna's list. Katarzyna is an AISEC trainee and works with World Leaders, a start-up that teaches soft skills to students in city educational institutions. "I stay in a paying guest accommodation. Every evening when I return from work the whole family gathers around to ask me about my day and gives me company. I wonder where else in the world would one get that," she says.

Spicy Indian food is something that Katarzyna is now addicted to. "Chandigarh has great eating joints. I am so used to spicy food now that sometimes add more to make it peppy."

In her stay so far, it's the festival of Holi that she just loved. "Holi was great; we played with colours, went around the city in cars, had a swim at the small lake. It was great," she says.

"Chandigarh is safe, easy to follow, which makes it so livable. People are so friendly that they go out of the way to help you," she shares.

On the downside of the city are overcharging rickshaw-wallahs and auto-wallahs. "I wish there was some list to guide foreigners about the rates. Also, I can't understand how people you come across on the road just want to be friends and ask for your number. That gets too irritating at times." But then her repeated 'No's' have mostly bailed her out of such unpleasant situations.

Life is wonderful for Katarzyna in our city. "If only it had a sea front. I miss going for swims into the open sea," she signs off.

Scent of a man

Revive the exhilaration with Avon's new deodorant Styx, the latest entrant within the Avon range for men. The new effective body spray keeps you fragrant and protected for 24 hours. Suitable for daily use, it is sure to send those senses on a scintillating drive.

It comes in two variants, Windy, with citrus and woody notes catering to the fashionably cool and trendy and Marine, which is a mix of herbal and woody scents and keeps you fresh throughout the day. So, just spray on the body spray that best epitomises your chic urban style and get all set to rock the town. Captured in an easy to hold bottle for application, Styx comes to you in a trendy, black unbreakable 150ml bottle with a black cap. So what are you waiting for? GO all out and make an impression on the world around you.

Priced at Rs 179/ for 150ml. — TNS

Maestros in the making
SD Sharma

A sweet smile, cultivated mannerism; all well rehearsed before a camera click captures the moment when you get a degree at a convocation ceremony. But at the Pracheen Kala Kendra convocation for the northern region, which was held recently, toppers in the Visharad or Bhasker examinations had to prove their worth on stage before that.

Yes, at the Randhwa auditorium it was Geeta Dutt from Jalandhar, a topper, who established her credentials in the recital of Raaga Ahirbhairav. Her vilambit and drut khayal compositions received loud applause. She was accompanied by Mohandeep Bawra (harmonium) and Jagdeep Kiran Bawra (tabla). Similarly, a jugalbandi on tabla by brothers from Patiala, Amresh Bhatt and Madhuresh Bhatt, was well received before Bhairavi Sharma from Patiala gave a scintillating sitar recital. The concert concluded with a kathak dance performance by Poonam Sharma from Pathankot. Earlier, all meritorious students of Bhaskar and Visharad, hailing from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh, were presented diplomas by the Chandigarh Mayor Anu Chatrath. Noted musicologist Guru Haridev delivered the keynote address.

Chatrath, in her address, lauded the efforts of the Kendra in upholding the tradition of classical arts and imparting quality training to over 2,45,000 students from all over the country and even abroad. Guru Haridev said the field of classical arts is vast and receiving a diploma is not an end, but the beginning of a long journey in pursuit of perfection. He urged the students to put the knowledge and skills acquired by them for the promotion of Indian art and culture.

Kathak Guru Shobha Koser, registrar of the Kendra, proposed the vote of thanks.

Revisiting exam days
With examinations round the corner, here’s an advice or two from those who have been there, seen it all
Manpriya Khurana

Oh, c'mon every one gave exams at some point of their life or other - right from college dropouts to the honorary doctorates, from compartment holders to research scholars. No matter how they look, how uptight or stiff neck they come; might even look like they knew it all since they were born…the truth is they all gave exams.

Here's going beyond the 'important questions' and asking what exams meant to them, as students?

"I used to work earlier, start studying quite in advance and during the prep break I'd be much more relaxed," JN Sharma, former chairperson, department of Gandhian Studies, goes back to his student days. He adds, "Today when I look back, I feel if you prepare well in time, it really helps." Looks like their datesheet days were not very different, but preparations began much before the dreaded month!

There's an echo. "It is not the last minute preparation that matters, discipline does, I'd never leave things to the last minute," shares Promila Kaushal, principal, Indo-Global Colleges. None of them appear to be eleventh- hour students. The pearls of wisdom from personal experiences continue. She adds, "One should avoid panic at the end. It is not the last- minute preparation that matters, discipline does." As does regularity!

No wonder, scoring was never an issue. "I was a very conscientious student, was a hosteller and a lot into extra-curricular activities. And a topper throughout," says Dr Rita G. Singh, principal, Government Home Science College. And no guys, she never cheated. Not even looked around here and there for a harmless peep, a glimpse. She laughs, "I never ever tried any unfair means. Those days were very different. Seventy per cent was considered a great score."

Does she have company? Says JN Sharma, "I never even thought of using any unfair means. Moreover, unfair means in those days were very rare, students wouldn't even think of resorting to them."

There seems to be absolutely no aberrations. And apart from the inspiration, advises galore. Opines Rita G. Singh, "It's extremely important to cultivate a hobby. It's very necessary. Moreover, there should be no unwanted tensions."

Or should we say, even distractions. Nods Promila Kaushal, "Ideal is to never leave things for the last minute because studying is a continuous process. I used to keep regular hours for studying. Last minute stress can kill performance." If regular hours were tough, what would you call this? "I used to start serious studies by January and four revisions were a must with me," says Puneet Bedi, principal, MCM college.

So the backbenchers brigade has just no hope? She laughs, "I did have a naughty streak in me though. And one more characteristic of my study pattern was I used to study with the music on."

The innovation continues. "I would keep reproducing all the economic theories in front of my mother while in the kitchen."

One advice that she'd tender to students? "Must avoid last minute tension, as it creates panic. If you must, then do selective study or whatever, but don't be tense." And do say, all's well. If that helps!

On a musical journey
A band of young musicians called The Local Train has shifted base to the city
Manpriya Khurana

Here they arrive! The band of musicians, that is. Anyways, this one's called The Local Train: might sound more like a movie, but they're as musical as they come. At first pause, what catches the attention is their shifting base to Chandigarh. Please note, that too from Delhi. At second look, they are a Hindi rock band.

"We are a Hindi rock band, we make and write our own songs. Our national language is highly underrated, while everyone's doing music in genres like punk, alternative, death metal… we all were like why not do it in our own language," Raman Negi, the lead vocalist makes the initial introductions. The rest, as they say, is history. For the five-member band is now over three years old.

And together, Abhinav, the guitarist, Anand, on the rhythm guitar, Ramit, the bassist, and Sahil, the drummer, have eight compositions to their credit.

Adds Raman, "We've uploaded our songs on the sight MySpace, where we have an entire page by our name and our songs have received over 35,000 hits."

Perhaps, they are on…"Our songs and lyrics are on general things in life, like love, money; how everything affects us, how hypocrisy is overrated, how people change and regular things like that." He adds, "Initially when we started, we used to write songs on love; later when we grew, we started writing about issues or rules of life and all that stuff." There is a narration behind the name too. "We were really confused about the name, thinking of what it would be. Those days I used to travel a lot, hence the suggestion. The name the train was already taken up, so we named it the local train."

The latest? 'The Local Train', comprising two engineers, one professional painter, a student, travels and relocates to Chandigarh. "Some of us were already from here and we also had a home studio in Chandigarh. So, we were like let's shift base."

There seem to be no acclimatization problems, changes in the music scene notwithstanding. "In Chandigarh, the music scene is pretty good, so many bands are doing well. But yeah, people here are not experimental, everybody wants to stick to one particular genre. While in Delhi, the scene is really good, there are a lot many pubs and cafes to play at and open nights are a regular feature." We'll catch up!

Must be Tuesday, 1.33 am!

You'll be on top form at office at 11:33am today, that's the conclusion of a new study. According to the poll of 3,000 British workers, office workers are at their most alert at 11:33am on Tuesdays. But after that it's a downhill, with Fridays being the worst day, closely followed by Mondays, reports a publication.

After the weekend, the research found, two-thirds of people feel over-tired, with workers spending at least half an hour making coffee, reading the paper and chatting with colleagues. Cary Cooper, professor of organisational psychology and health at Lancaster University Management School, said: "People are not at their peak on Monday mornings. They are wound up and stressed, thinking of all the things they have to do. By Tuesday, people have got rid of a lot of their in-tray. People feel more relaxed, more patient and are likely to be more productive." He went on: "Fridays are the days when everyone dumps on everyone else.

"Britain has the longest working hours in Europe. We work really hard and really long hours, and then when the weekend comes, we really need it." Professor Cooper said: "Things are very different today because technology means people are available 24/7. "What people really should do is relax and unwind at the weekend. But it is very difficult for employers to know what to do because we have let the genie out of the bottle." The survey was carried out for toothpaste manufacturer Arm and Hammer.

A company spokesman said: "The majority of Britons clock in with Monday morning blues at the beginning of the week, and the combination of a heavy weekend and a heavy workload mean it is difficult to focus on anything. "But by Tuesday, workers are at their highest performance-wise - managing to shift the majority of their tasks, shine in meetings and impress clients with their efficiency. "Unfortunately, things start to dip again by Wednesday as the enthusiasm wears off slightly and people begin to focus on the social events of the following weekend.'' — ANI

Women & wine

Women who attend university consume more alcohol than their less-educated counterparts, says a new British study. The study carried out at the London School of Economics showed that women with degrees are almost twice as likely to drink daily, and they are also more likely to admit to having a drinking problem. The researchers found a similar link between educational attainment and alcohol consumption among men, but the correlation is less strong, reports a publication.

The findings are based on the study of thousands of 39-year-old women and men, all born in the UK during the same week in 1970. "The more educated women are, the more likely they are to drink alcohol on most days and to report having problems due to their drinking patterns. The better-educated appear to be the ones who engage the most in problematic patterns of alcohol consumption," the report concluded.

The researchers of the study suggest several possible explanations as to why better-educated women drink more. They tend to have children later, postponing the responsibilities of parenthood. They may have more active social lives or work in male-dominated workplaces with a drinking culture. As girls, they may have grown up in middle-class families and seen their parents drink regularly. The study appears in the journal Social Science and Medicine. — ANI

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