Trot, canter… gallop
Want your kids to pursue a grand passion? The Chandigarh Horse Riding Society is the place to be in
Jasmine Singh

It's early in the day. A visibly excited Angad Bir Singh (5) unzips his bag, pulls out a red-coloured tee and high ankle boots; and within no time sets up to take the bull by its horns. (PS: Don't go by the literal meaning. Angad is not a bull fighter!). In the next 10-15 minutes, other kids join him, some his age, others elder.

Standing in a neat queue, the kids await Shehzaadi, Col. Cool, Lilly, Miss China and Turkish Dream. And soon they arrive with trainer Om Prakash in tow. At the Chandigarh Horse Riding Society, adjacent to the Lake Club, it's time for horse-riding sessions.

And whosoever said - 'Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby to be picked up and laid down like a game of Solitaire. It's a grand passion' - is absolutely right.

For the kids picking up lessons in controlling the horse, placing the saddle, hopping on to it, and majestically handling the reins…this is even better than watching Ben 10 or X Men. But for the only horse riding society in North India for civilians, it's a sport that needs more patrons.

All the same, the club is happy about two things - girls outnumber boys and more parents are willing to send their kids to become horse riding champions. And you thought Shah Rukh Khan managed to ride a horse in Baazigar just like that?

Says Om Prakash, who has won a gold medal in tent pegging at a competition held in Muscat, "Not many kids take up horse riding. One, they are not aware of the competitions in this field. And two, kids are a little scared to ride. It is okay for fun, but for learning one needs a big heart."

Om Prakash, in the years of his association with the club, has seen children shouting; terrified of even patting the horse. "The same kids have to be pulled down from the horse now," he laughs, while guiding Adhiraj Toor (10) on how to make a jump perfect. "This summer, he will teach other kids," he shares.

Meanwhile, Zyna Brar and Sorab Sandhawalia ready Miss China and Shehzaadi for a jump. They have been trying hard to get it right for almost two weeks. "Today, we'll show you a great jump," they echo, looking back at Om Prakash for approval.

It is indeed a passion. SS Bala, joint secretary, nods in approval. "We started the club eight years ago with three horses. Today we have 21 of them. Students of The Canadian School also come here for classes from 6-8 am and 4-7 pm."

"We charge a fee of Rs 2,000 per month. Horse riding is an expensive sport, which is why there are not many takers, neither as a hobby nor as a passion," adds Bala.

And the kids who prefer to ride a horse than make virtual horses race in a derby on their playstation? Smiles Zyna, "My parents are happy that I am learning horse riding. There are so many girls doing the same." Zyna cannot comprehend 'stress' at her age, but she has often heard her mother say, 'horse riding is a good stress buster.'

No matter how many times we Google 'horse- riding clubs in the city', the only name that appears is that of the Chandigarh Horse Riding Society. Wonder why? Says SS Bala, "We have a passion for horses and we wanted to give kids an opportunity to develop the same. Keeping horses is a 24X7 job, which requires a lot of time and effort." Could this be one reason why the city doesn't have any other horse-riding club?

Wright talk
Former coach of Team India John Wright’s take on cricket and his book
Ashima Sehajpal

It wouldn't have surprised us if a few questions were left unanswered. Especially when it comes to someone who was part of the Indian cricket team and knew it inside out; we presumed a few "no comments" or politically correct answers.

Instead, John Wright, former coach of Team India, was as candid as he could get about the team then, the ups and downs, past and present controversies, his book, Indian Summers, and everything that we asked for.

He begins with the first one: During his stay in India, did he ever feel the country was unsafe? "India is a haven for cricketers. The game can't get better anywhere else in the world." The answer got over with a firm statement, "India is safe for foreign tourists and any sportsman, and I mean it."

With that, John goes back to the days when he had taken over as the coach. "I still remember asking Anil Kumble how many test series had the team won overseas. The reply was one," says John, in the city with Ken McDonald to announce the John Wright Scholarship to be given to five students for the Southern Institute of Technology in New Zealand.

And it didn't take much time for the first foreign coach of the team to realise the mammoth task he had at hand. Step by step preparations began, "I took the initiative of knowing all players personally; stringent physiotherapy sessions began that were unheard of before and every player's potential was tapped." Later, came the famous test win against Australia on their own turf.

As John rightly puts it, controversies aren't new to cricket, especially in India; they didn't begin with just the IPL. "Cricket is a religion in India. Any tampering with it makes people worried about their team's performance."

And IPL, he feels, is a business venture that has also helped create awareness about cricket overseas, "People in New Zealand are hooked onto the IPL just to watch Brendon McCullum play for KKR and Daniel Vettori for Delhi Daredevils." He doesn't mind playing the role of a coach in IPL, "I am in talks with the Kochi team, though nothing has been finalised."

Although he favours Mumbai Indians out of the four semi-finalists this IPL season, out of the total eight teams Kolkata Knight Riders tops his list. It also says a lot about his cordial relations with Sourav Ganguly, which is also elaborated in the book written by him on Team India and its experiences under him.

"The book is about my tenure as the coach, the players and what happened inside the dressing room, without compromising on anybody's privacy." Also explained in the book is how passionate Indians are for cricket, it's economic and social repercussions, and how the game unites India, "Something that is so aptly depicted in the movie Lagaan, where cricket unites everybody and religion as well as caste takes a backseat." Wright is so 'right' while saying, "Cricket and Bollywood will continue to entertain Indians." Not an assumption for sure!

My suicide and new life
Yashovardhan Saboo

It had become clear that there was no other option. My life was in complete disarray, falling to pieces. At about 5.23 pm, March 4, 2010, I took the decision and pulled the plug. Three hours later I was born again.

Life on Outlook can be fragile. My Outlook files were working perfectly until 9.17 am. Then an error appeared - quite harmless at first. I should have remembered that many life-threatening problems appear trivial in the beginning. I tried the easiest solution - restarted Outlook. No go. I cursed, thinking about the 10 minute reboot cycle that would be needed. That didn't work either. A karmic message kept appearing advising me to seek the help of a repair tool. With 385 unanswered mails in my Inbox crowding out every other bit of consciousness, desperation was creeping up. I tried the repair but couldn't even get to the suggested program. Meanwhile, I learned that I was getting dangerous, my laptop spamming messages at random to any or all the 1,500 contacts therein. It looked serious. Clearly a doctor was called for. JP, the guy who handles IT in our office, came and assured me that things would be fine. All is well, I reminded myself.

Shortly after noon, JP admitted that the repair was not working; more extreme measures were needed. Another two hours passed; options were swiftly closing. Bereft of my laptop and its memory and its send and receive functions, I felt utterly useless; even a vegetable has better functionality, I was convinced. JP bravely assured me that a recovery was still possible, but only complete reloading. With time running out, I gave my life strings in JP's hands.

By 5 pm, I was desperately hunting for hope anywhere - I saw desolation, even in JP's eyes. I needed some quiet moments with myself.

It is true, what they say, about death. The past flashes by. I saw unanswered mails, even unopened ones and remembered, with guilt, the un-kept promises of replies. I saw doomed drafts and hopelessly optimistic task schedules, amidst romantic goals of organised folders. With amusement I saw several mails already replied but kept pending just to have a second go. How vain, how futile, how distant, it all seemed.

I realised it was the end of the road. No one could help now. Like Sisyphus, I was pushing a boulder up the hill only to see it to roll back again. Utterly lonely I called JP. He silently nodded his assent assuring me that there was another life. He reminded me that actually I was already dead. We had only made futile attempts to bring back to life what had already passed on.

At 5.23 pm the deed was done - Yasho Saboo Outlook Inbox-1 died forever. Hours later, I opened my eyes in Yasho Saboo Outlook Inbox-2. It was a wondrous, bright, fresh morning. No pending e-mails, no pendencies, no tasks. What a wonderful world, I sang.

I have become a believer in rebirth. I cast off my body, like old clothing, and carried only my soul. I now also believe that in the new life one can often remember the previous. I can review all the mails and tasks in Outlook Inbox-1 but I cannot reply, forward, delete or manipulate them. They lie still, accusing silently, witness to an unfulfilled life. As I see them, I want to apologise to all those who expected and deserved better. Sorry folks I'll do it better this time.

But within 24 hours life has corrupted me. What a nice escape, I now feel. So with a wink, I nudge those who want to escape the tyranny of an impossibly full unanswered Inbox - consider suicide.

(Yashovardhan Saboo, CEO, Ethos Swiss Watch Studios, Chandigarh)

Tone it down
From Bollywood music to jokes to the wacky barks and burp phone ring tones are getting different by the day
Jasmine Singh

There is no specific reason to call up Raghu, the MTV Roadies infamous guy. (Sorry Raghu. We don't mean to bother you. Had it not been for this story, we wouldn't dare call). Muthu kahan, kori kehnu kenu kenu … what's this? Interesting, sure it is. Weird? Any day. Different? Of course.

Here it is. Different, crazy, strange, weird, all this and a lot more, caller tones have definitely become "creative", in pretty much their own way. Sound of a forest fire, high tide hitting the shore, of people brushing or bathing; dialogues in Pashtoon, fighting scenes straight out of Tamil movies, tip-toe sound of stilettos … caller tones cannot get stranger than this. Do you agree?

Actor Aman Dhaliwal is gung-ho over caller tunes, and he spends an appreciable time selecting a tone, sometimes even creating one on a software he has downloaded on his laptop. "I hear the strangest caller tone ever on my friend's mobile who stays in Chennai. It was an argument between a girlfriend and a boyfriend over Salman Khan!" An argument? "Yes," he laughs, "for a second I thought it was my friend arguing with his girlfriend."

Aman too tried to be wacky after that. "I downloaded a Chinese number and made it my caller tune. It was hilarious. Thereafter, I had 'sounds of burping' as my caller tune. Everyone hated it. Finally, I switched over to the sound of a chopper take off," he adds animatedly.

Who would have heard of burping ring tones before? What's wrong with the make up of people who install such weird sounds?

Kiran Sharma, student, SD College-32, sees it as a way to get noticed. "Caller tones or ring tones are reflective of the state of mood someone is in. I have Gulzaar's poetry as my caller tone because this is my state of mind for the last many months. However, some people go in for weird ones to sound different."

And it all gets better with various online sites that provide the facility for free downloads. Some even offer 'create your own ring tone' facility. For instance, empowers users to easily create their own professional ring tones by simply converting online videos into an mp3 ring tone.

In order to create a ring tone on, users need to key in the URL from YouTube or any other video sharing website into the ring tone creator. From there, they can just download the free ring tone into the mobile phone directly.

This accounts for the strange caller tones to some extent. Bollywood music, religious songs, jokes, and dog barks are a no big deal anymore!

Power packed

Lava International has unveiled its latest handset A9, which is loaded with advanced multimedia features. With this, Lava has entered the arena of mobile phones with handsets that stand out in the crowd.

As the craze for procuring the latest devices in the market heats up, each manufacturer is upping the ante to give the customers the best deal. Lava International has also decided to do the same with this power-packed handset.

This cell phone is designed for style conscious consumers who are active on social networks. Lava A9 is a small mobile computer with silver cues featuring a 2.4 inches TFT display. The product gives the user a truly personal Internet experience in a compact handset. With many other applications and services available in LAVA A9, such as high-speed web access facility, media player, games, the product is set to create a buzz in the market.

Java embedded games, 3.2 mega pixel camera and advanced connectivity options with utility applications like nimbuzz and opera mini are the standard features of this handset.

LAVA A9 has been designed for the younger, tech-savvy consumers. More than communication gadgets, they have become a style statement to an extent. Lava A9 is priced at Rs 5,999.

Forgot something?
An online way to remind you about things worth remembering

In case your wife has made you sleep on the couch because you forgot the first anniversary or you are being subjected to emotional 'atyachaar' because you didn't wish your father-in law's brother's wife on her birthday…here's the saviour.

Mohali-based Parind Sheel Dhillon has come up with a solution to the 'hazardous' moments of memory lapse, which are universally experienced. Having launched the country's first-of-its-kind online reminder service,, Parind is upbeat. "It's a customised reminder service that will help you organise better, save time and maintain better relations. When you find it hard to remember a date, an anniversary, your child's vaccination day, last day for credit and bill payments, monthly medical check ups, corporate reminders…just login in to our service data and we will remind you through SMS, a phone call or an e-mail."

After completing an MBA degree in entrepreneurship from the UK, Parind conducted extensive market research before coming up with his maiden venture. "Call it my own experience or everyday research, remembering important dates becomes hard. With, one can access, update information and feed the details on our database. And it is also accessible to people who are unable to accept technology in their everyday life. My team visits various places and collects data for the portal," says Parind.

And its not only about pleasing the boss or wife or girlfriend…it saves time and money by reminding you about important tasks ahead.

"This mode of communication is simple and clients can customise their tasks as per need. Just one click and you will never have to say…sorry, I forgot," he adds. — Neha Walia


Electronic readers like Kindle motivate children to read by making them interact with texts in ways they don't interact with the printed word, an expert says. Lotta Larson, Kansas-State University (KSU), assistant professor of elementary education, has been using the Amazon Kindle in her work with a pair of second-graders since 2009.

The e-reader has features that make the text audible, increase or decrease font size and let readers make notes about the book. "It's interesting to see the kinds of things these kids have been able to do," Larson said. She said sometimes they make comments summarising the plot, thus reinforcing their understanding of the book. Other times they ponder character development, jotting down things like "If I were him, I'd say no way!"— IANS

Space out
Brig (retd) IJ Singh and Anita’s king-size apartment stands out in its dual tone

Anita IJ Singh always dreamt of a place from where she could see the vast expanse of nature and a waterfall. Presto, she found one that too within an urban area in their new apartment in Gilco valley, Greater Mohali. In the evenings as she sits back to admire the waterfalls at the rockery a calming peace envelops her. In fact, a soothing ambience pervades the four-bedroom, kingsize apartment of Brig (retd) IJ Singh and Anita that follows the principle of ‘no clutter, create space’.

“I discussed ideas with our designer Arshdeep Singh and translated my vision into computer graphics. From that point onwards he took over and created the entire look,” shares Anita.

The house is colour coded in dual tone — off white and dark walnut. The formal living room too has a relaxing look to it, with comfortable seating in teak wood. Just a few pieces of crystal, onyx artifacts, single pencil sketches by famous artist Abhimanayu Ray adorn this area. A few plants add the green touch. Ceiling cladding in dark walnut provides the diffused light that brightens up the room, without the light becoming too harsh. “I am not very fond of white light. So we have worked with lamps that glow in yellow light,” offers Anita.

The living room has a small Ganpati corner and an Egyptian one. Two paintings and a small carpet make up her Cairo corner. The dining area has a teak table in dark walnut and so is the bar. Bar, it seems, is the man’s domain and IJ Singh’s golf statues decorating it remind you of the same.

The house has enough storage space that helps keep the rooms spic-and-span. A guitar-shaped cabinet stores the cutlery and crystal collection.

“We have cabinets to store all our stuff. Designed along the full height of the walls, they provide so much space that we have finally done away with all our trunks,” says Anita.

More space is created as off goes the washbasin in the hall paving way for a concealed cabinet for the music system. A store becomes elegant walk-in storage space and an empty wall has a stylish cabinet to store crockery. Beautiful wall cladding with mirror in the centre adds the designer touch. Washrooms, too, optimise space for the lady of the house feels, “Washrooms should be as good as bedrooms if not better.”

The flooring is a mix of easy to maintain Italian vitrified tiles and wood. The bedrooms have low beds without boxes. “Vaastu does not recommend closed space beneath the bed,” shares Anita. Yet another high point of their home is daughter Bulbul’s bedroom. Decorated with family photographs, cabinets stock her clothes, shoes, bags as well her son’s stuff. “All that she needs is right here, she just needs to walk in with a little bag,” says the doting father.

And it isn’t that the couple is concerned only about the comfort of their daughter. Even the caretaker’s room is suitably done up with a low bed and a cabinet. The side table with a glass pot brims with flower petals. Oh yes, it’s Vaastu, again. Ranbir Singh adds, “I also light a candle every night.”

The beauty of the home lies not only in its visual appeal but how the flat has been designed to take care of the needs of its occupants. But then care is what distinguishes a home from a house.

Tip talk

“Two-tone colour combinations are quite manageable,” says Arshdeep Singh, director operations and execution Tarwinz. He adds,“In Brig (retd) IJ Singh’s home we have used off white and dark walnut. Light walls make the dark furniture stand out. Besides, dark furniture is easy to maintain. However, on the flip side light walls require high maintenance. Dark shades add warmth to the home.” The other combinations he offers are off white with Rosewood, and pista with dark brown.

If you think your house can feature here, please email at or mail on Home Front, Lifestyle, The Tribune, Sector 29 Chandigarh along with a contact number

When the going gets good
Jasmine Singh

Whatever happens, happens for good. Actor Kulraj Randhawa will definitely agree. After all, she waited for good things to happen. Television, Punjabi flicks, a long wait and finally, the day she was waiting for. A Bollywood movie with the three Deols, Dharmendra, Sunny and Bobby, and she plays the lead opposite Bobby. Finally!

“Indeed,” smiles Kulraj, “It was worth waiting.” Sitting at Taj Coffee Shop, Kulraj not only sounds excited about the new project Yamla Pagal Deewana, she looks excited as well. After finishing a long, two-month shooting schedule for the movie in Punjab, this dimpled beauty (Preity Zinta being the first official dimpled queen), Kulraj has loads to share. “I play a photographer in this movie. It’s an out-an- out comedy flick, and it is for the first time that the Deols are trying their hand at comedy,” she says.

Comedy is something that Kulraj has done before in Kareena Kareena, a television serial. Any remote chances of going back to it? “TV requires a lot of time. I am concentrating on Bollywood and a lot of quality work. I have got the opportunity of my life and I want to give my best shot,” adds Kulraj, who thoroughly believes that one gets what destiny has in store.

But why wait so long? How we wish she had a godfather. Things would have been so easy? She smiles and breaks into a laughter. “Do you think so? It used to be a director- centric industry. Now, people know better. A single man cannot decide or run someone’s life.”

And her take on Punjabi film industry? “Punjabi industry is somewhat similar and at the same time different than Bollywood,” chips in Kulraj. She explains. “It is like moving from a pond to the sea. Punjabi industry functions in its own way, and Bollywood has a different style. It has a wider audience. The change is definitely worth it.” Indeed whatever happens, happens for good!

Summer cool festival

To beat the heat this summer, Khyber-35 has come up with the whole new range of concoctions ranging from chilled watermelon soup to aam ka paani under the name of Summer Cool Festival, which is priced reasonably. The items on the menu include tomato cucumber soup, rosa, jal jeera pudine wala, sattu paani, aam ka paani, masaledaar chaach, thandai, khas goond katira, fruit lassi, angoori kheer.

The festival begins today to mark the 20th anniversary of Khyber.

Sattu, the most traditional cooler to fight the scorching sun is made from seven types of roasted grains to give you an over all nourishment.

Khas gond katira, the natural jelly is extremely soothing. Aam panna, Indian traditional answer to the heat wave brings the goodness of raw mango pulp, mint and cumin.

The Punjabi ishtyle chillers like masaledar chach, fruit Lassi are in too. Thanda summer drink meant for the Kings and emperor’s of India, contains the goodness of poppy seeds, saffron, cardamom and black pepper. Nariyal paani and rosa, rose drink with soda and angoori kheer served in a mud pot add to the different flavour.

The soup includes watermelon soup, tomato cucumber soup, which serves chilled tomato with cubes of diced cucumber. — TNS

Spade work
Gimme some sunshine... some rain
Satish Narula

Gardeners have different plans for different seasons and they tend their plants accordingly. But sometimes the weather plays spoilsport. And, with the extreme heat we are experiencing these days, the gardeners maybe in for a surprise. After all, plants are also living beings and they are standing out in the open all the time.

This time, the spring was also short. The plants that had started putting forth new growth stopped in the midst and the ‘unfilled’ trees have scanty leaves. They are exposed to the heat waves. This could be injurious. The gardeners can see some of the following injuries to their plants.

The most affected are the palms. The Bottle or Royal palm that holds its head high is completely open to the strong hot winds besides temperature. The fronds (leaves) are shredded and they have turned straw coloured. Most of these are half green and half dried. The indoor plants that are however, kept out are also worst affected. Almost all the leaves and even stems are showing the burning signs. Even those that are not exposed to sun are showing fading signs. In such plants, even a single damaged leaf ‘kills’ that effect. In case of lemon trees, the burning symptoms are pronounced and are shown as white spots in the middle of the leaf or yellow bronze fading of leaves. The fruit that is exposed to the sun gets watery spot. The skin at that spot becomes very raw and can rupture too.

In case of other fruit trees too, the damage will be visible if the present trend continues. At present the fruits of mango on the tree are small and hidden in the leaves. But if the present trend continues then it may get damaged. Already we have started getting calls about fruit drop. Litchi maybe worst affected if the heat waves start. The tree protests in the form of shedding the fruit or splitting. The fruit of peach, plum etc which is in developing stage may show shrinking if not supplemented with plenty of water. In general, the potted plants should be shifted to the shade and the others should be provided with plenty of water.

The small plants are more prone to damage as the plant canopy is not sufficient to protect its main stem from summer sun. It results in the splitting and the scar remains with the tree for the rest of its life.

Myth of the week
Summer helps too!

The summer is too bad for the garden and there is no advantage of this weather. It is not like that. The mother nature has created these variations to keep balance. Remember, almost all the fungal diseases, harmful bacteria, insects and obnoxious weeds are killed during this season.

Time to Waltz
Shekhar Kapur approaches Christoph Waltz for Paani

Having worked with international stars like Cate Blanchett and Heath Ledger on his movies, internationally acclaimed Indian filmmaker Shekhar Kapur has now pitched a role to Oscar-award winner Christoph Waltz for his long pending project Paani.

"(It was) just one of those days where I was going to drudge around complaining to myself about not believing in the scene I just wrote for Paani...I sat and it suddenly came to me. Something I have been wanting to do for long. Very long. I picked the phone and called my agent and said I want to speak to Christoph Waltz, the amazing actor that won the Oscar for his performance in Inglourious Basterds," Kapur posted on his blog Sunday.

"And so that evening I spoke to Christoph and pitched him Paani. I told him the story and the world of Paani. I told him about the character I wanted him to play. And he said he loved it. And, we decided to meet to see how we can work it out etc.," he added.

Waltz won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor at the 82nd Academy Awards recently for his portrayal of a Nazi officer in the Quentin Tarantino outing.

After having a word with Waltz, the 64-year-old didn't take long to complete writing the scene.

"That evening I wrote the troubled scene in Paani. I had a great actor in mind so it suddenly got easier," he wrote. — IANS

Show stopper

Television viewers know her as Pari and Rani of Woh Rehne Waali Mehlon Ki. She is Reena Kapoor, Punjabi actor, who believes in celebrating each moment. She essays the role of Rani, the delicate, pampered girl who grows up to be a woman of substance.

During her brief visit at Chandigarh, she spells out her success formula. Woh Rehne Waali Mehlon Ki has become a popular show since it started in 2005.

What's new with this show?

The protagonist Rani of this show is set to tie the knot for the sixth time. However, it is not one character who is marrying for the sixth time. The six marriages have taken place across three generations.

How do you prepare for your role?

I do not prepare for my role. All that I do is just to understand my role and give it my own inputs. I try to portray my director' point of view.

You background in acting?

I did shows like Ganga Maiya aired on Delhi Doordarshan, Dekho Magar Pyar Se and Saira Bano Kisse Apna Kahen. I also acted in films like Dhoondte Reh Jaoge and Kundan Shah's Kya Kehna. In Kya Kehna, I played Preity Zinta's friend.

Something about your family?

My in-laws are Delhi based. My brother is in the Merchant Navy. My husband Karan Nijjer is a software engineer. My family is my biggest strength. They are so supportive. They are the reason for my being where I am today.

Has your life changed after taking a daily soap?

I have been busy with life, no time for the daily routine that I once used to have. I shoot for more than 20 days.

What is your life's mantra?

I am human. My life's mantra is not to let negative energies upset my equanimity. I thank God for what I have today. — Dharam Pal

Razzie returns
Bullock asked to return her 'priceless' Razzie

Oscar-winning actor Sandra Bullock has been asked to return her Golden Raspberry award as she had accidentally collected the original "priceless" trophy instead of a cheaper replica made for the winners.

The 45-year-old star was handed the Worst Actress Razzie last month for her role in All About Steve. But the ceremony's founder John Wilson has urged to Bullock to give back the prize because she was handed the original trophy worth thousands of dollars, instead of a replica version intended for her.

"We are ready to take the unprecedented step of asking a winner to return a Razzie. As Sandra was in such a rush after winning Worst Actress she ran off with the original handmade prototype which has been present at ceremonies since the 1980s," said Wilson. Incidentally, Bullock is the first Hollywood actress to have won a Razzie and an Oscar in the same year. She also set a rare example by actually dropping in to collect her Razzie, which was given one day prior to the Academy Awards ceremony. — PTI

Bridge the gap
Zellweger & Cooper live in separate houses

Hollywood's latest couple Renee Zellweger and Bradley Cooper have found the secret to a lasting love affair - separate houses connected by a bridge. The pair have splashed out on a 3 million pounds worth double pad in Pacific Palisades, California, reported Daily Star.

"Both are big stars with huge egos, so having their own space to retreat into suits them perfectly," said a source. But the bridge connecting the two houses is going to be the link between them. The 40-year-old actor met Cooper, 35, when they filmed thriller 'Case 39' together last year. They have been reported to be in a relationship ever since, with Zelleger meeting the Hangover star's parents as well. — PTI

Ricky’s GLAAD man
Hollywood comes out in support of Ricky Martin’s sexuality

Popstar Ricky Martin, who had recently admitted of being a homosexual, garnered lot of support from fellow Hollywood A-listers at the recently held 21st annual Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Awards.

The 38-year-old singer had announced of being a gay in March, saying, "I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man." Hollywood stars praised him at the event for coming forward and expressed hope that others would follow in his footsteps, Access Hollywood reported.

"My lofty goal in this world is that we can live in a world that doesn't judge each other, I just want people to be able to live their lives that are true to them," said actress Drew Barrymore. "I celebrate what (Ricky) is doing because, we have to create a world for each other where acceptance is first and foremost," she added. Adam Lambert, the runner up of American Idol's Season-8 hopes Ricky's bravery will inspire other celebrities to be more open.

"It's great to see people like [Ricky] feeling liberated to come out and come forward, and hopefully it will open the door wide open for more and more people to be comfortable with who they are," Lambert said. Others praising the singer included Rob Halford, vocalist of heavy metal band Judas Priest and Modern Family star Sofia Vergara. — PTI

Teen Transformation
I did not feel tortured filming Eclipse: Kristen Stewart

Hollywood actor Kristen Stewart had a far easy time filming Twilight: Eclipse as she found her character Bella evolving and did not feel tortured on the sets.

The American actor after slipping back into the character of Bella Swan in the third movie of the hit franchise felt the vampire-loving teen had a new sense of purpose, that made the character much easier to play, Entertainment Weekly reported.

"I wasn't as tortured as I was on New Moon. Bella really knows what she wants in Eclipse. She's not just a dumb kid talking because she's in love," Stewart said.

However, the 20-year-old star found it difficult getting intimate in a scene with Taylor Lautner's werewolf character Jacob, because she sees him as something of a younger brother and she understands that Bella truly loves Edward Cullen portrayed by Robert Pattinson.

"It felt really weird kissing someone else as Bella. I was like, 'What the hell are you doing?' It was a really strange experience - as it should have been," Stewart said. — PTI

Vote for beauty
Elizabeth Hurley offers beauty advice to British politicians

Hollywood actress Elizabeth Hurley is offering beauty advice to politicians ahead of the upcoming parliamentary elections in UK. The 44-year-old star, who is now married to Indo-British businessman Arun Nayar had recently admitted of having a secret fetish for powerful politicians and declared British opposition leader David Cameron "super-sexy".

However, the historic leaders' debate ahead of the May 6 elections between Cameron, Nick Clegg and Gordon Brown, spurred her into giving advice from her own area of expertise, The Telegraph reported."Note to Clegg and Cameron: refuse to wear so much make up for the next debate," Hurley said."Heavy one tone pancake base looks like a mask. Just say No!" she added. — PTI

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