Chill-out zone
Want to eat out without caring much for the attire or etiquette? City lounges are the places to be in
Jasmine Singh
The newly-opened lounge TheLobby
The newly-opened lounge TheLobby 

A stylish yet casual ambience, relatively light menu, friends in absolutely casual gear plonked on vibrant, smart and jazzy chairs, cracking jokes, some nice music floating in the air or a live band playing in one corner…the lounges in the city breathe of informality and no strict mannerism.

Walk in a pair of denims and 'gunjees', sit in a group of friends, talk about everything under the sun without any definite check, squat on the couch if you are too tired to sit straight like a well-behaved executive, order pasta and eat it just the way you want to without caring much about your mannerism - this quite explains the existence of lounge and its popularity.

A newly opened lounge, The Lobby, in Sector-26, validates it. Crisp recipes served in an innovative manner. Cocktails stirred to suit every palate, ambience representative of casualness and comfort, The Lobby explains to an extent why city folks find their perfect hangout spot in the lounges. "This is the perfect place to be. Relaxed, cool and an absolute chill out zone," says Ashish Manchanda, managing director, The Lobby.

The growing number of lounges in the city point towards how 'feel-free-to-enjoy' is a necessity. As we recee down to the lounges in the city, we are drawn to why 'casual ambience' is a must. But before this, a quick differentiation between lounge and fine dining.

Crystal Lounge
Crystal Lounge

"The concept of a lounge arises from the need to relax and chill out in a casual ambience, without following any dress code or strict mannerism," explains Ankit Gupta, director of Himani's Vertigo Lounge-35.

"In India the trend hit Mumbai and Bangalore in the year 2000, and in Chandigarh it came four years later. Today, the city boasts of a good collection of lounges."

Definitely different from any fine dining restaurants or hotels, all lounges have characteristics individual to their own. "Himani's Vertigo Lounge caters to almost 80 per cent of the youngsters who come to the city from Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab, offering them a relaxed environment and reasonably priced food."

A cool and casual ambience is central to all lounges. One more thing that is common to all is the focus on individual food portions, which are better priced as well. Munish Bajaj, director Crystal, Sector-26, nods in approval. "This is just one part of lounging. At Crystal, we lay a lot of emphasis on serving food that includes healthy grills, barbeques and a lot more."

Munish is of the opinion that in a lounge people look for something different, like a live performance. "The fan following for lounge has grown with time. Corporates and youngsters in the age group of 30-50 prefer hanging out and de-stressing in a lounge than a pub or a restaurant."

Nevertheless, there is a need to develop the concept. What we have is the Indianised version of lounges. Even when there is a definate clientele for fine dining, the bent towards a more relaxed ambience is no less.

"One has to behave and dress up prim and proper if going out to a restaraunt or a hotel in comparison to the casual dressing for a lounge," says Mohan Singh Negi, general manager, Zinc Lounge, the place that boasts of a live deejay performance that goes down well with the concept of lounge. "One doesn't have to think twice before visiting a lounge. And Chandigarh surely is in sync with the idea of leisure and comfort rolled into one."

Still in its nascent stage, as many hoteliers feel, the concept of lounging has to find a clear place between pubbing and dining out. "An year-and-a-half is a long time to understand the needs of people who walk into a lounge," offers Manish Goyal, director, S Lounge, Sector-26, who zeroes-in on the 'safety' of clients as the USP of the place.

"Besides good service, warm ambience and safety has pretty much been on our agenda. One, we understand the behaviour pattern of our target audience (20 and above), which is why we have laid a special emphasis on it. In addition, women have an equal right to hang out with friends, and this place ensures they feel comfortable and safe." However, he does not mince words when it comes to lounge capturing the fine dining market. "Both have their own clientele. But yes, Lounge needs to find a place between recreation, hanging out and blaring noise of the pubs."

As Ankit sums up, "Earlier people would go out to a restaurant for a change, now they prefer to fine dine for a change. Lounging is a must on weekends, even on weekdays, to escape from the tiring work schedules."

Picture perfect
In the city, Bollywood cinematographer Attar Singh Saini shares his experiences 
SD Sharma

Amid grand applause from elite stars and celebrities at the annual ITA awards in Mumbai, Bollywood cinematographer Attar Singh Saini (43) walked up to receive the award in the "The Best Videography" category for the TV serial Kashmir in 2003. Since then, he has never looked back.

Hailing from a village in Haryana, Barota near Sonepat, today Saini is one of the most sought cinematographer in Mumbai. He has done 10 films as director of photography, remained jury member at the ITA awards in 2004 and 2009, done over 700 episodes of TV serials in addition to scores of ads and corporate films.

In Panchkula on a personal visit, Attar Singh Saini along with his wife Gitanjali shares his dedication for the profession with us. "All the credit for my achievements go to my elder brother Dr Satbir Singh Saini, who insisted that I try for the Film Institute, Pune, after college," he says.

And it was no mean task either, with only six seats in the open category. He adds, "Seven days of interview at the FTTI were a delightful experience. Later, I completed my post-graduation at the institute with a specialistion in cinematography and left for Mumbai in 1991," says Attar Singh.

Rest, as they say, is history. "I worked in close association with Shah Rukh Khan during the shooting of the film Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa. Seeing his punctuality and talent, I had predicted his future. Now he's a superstar. But at a function recently, even though I avoided contact, he caught hold of me and said - you are the real star maker," he shares.

He has also worked in close association with Anil Kapoor, Emran Hashmi, Arshad Warsi, Sajid Khan, Ritesh Deshmukh, Himesh Reshamia, Bipasha Basu, Boman Irani et al. Three of his films Chocolate, Dhana Dhan Goal and Dil Diya with Anil Kapoor, John Abraham and Emran Hashmi, respectively, in lead roles, won rave reviews for cinematograpy.

Hitting right with Hitler

Bollywood actor Anupam Kher admits that playing the role of Adolf Hitler in the upcoming film My Friend Hitler would be challenging. Addressing media persons in a press conference, Kher said, "For me... I already have an image, I am a known actor, so it will be doubly hard work for me to take away that image, and an actor likes taking challenges," said Kher.Actor Neha Dhupia would be playing the role of Eva Braun, Hitler's lover, and said she is very excited to work with Kher.

"I am really looking forward to working with Anupam Kher, and it'll be educative. I'll learn things on the set everyday. We are going to be doing some workshops together to make sure that we get it right on screen," said Dhupia.The director of the film, Rakesh Ranjan Kumar, said that the film would be released in both the Indian and international cinemas.He added that Hitler was the most successful loser of the twentieth century and he wants to interpret the reasons for that. "As a leader, he was successful. But I want to show why did he lose as a human being, what were the problems, what were the issues, what were his intentions," said Kumar.Kumar also said that Kher and Dhupia are the actors best suited for their roles, as both of them bear resemblance to the characters they are playing. — ANI

Knot enough!

Hollywood couple Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds are planning to renew their marriage vows to celebrate their second wedding anniversary later this year. 

"They have already sent out invites for the ceremony, which will take place on their wedding anniversary," said a spokesperson of Scarlett Johansson.

"Like their wedding, it's going to be an intimate ceremony with only a handful of family members and close friends. 

Ryan is close to Scarlett's family, including her twin brother Hunter and her younger sister Vanessa, who lives near Scarlett and Ryan's house in New York," he added. The couple tied the knot in September 2008. — IANS

Tutor torture

Teen sensation Miley Cyrus will be relieved of her bothersome tutor when she graduates from high school.The 17-year-old actress is followed around the world by a private tutor to ensure that she keeps on top of her studies and she cannot wait to finish her education, as she is in a hurry to work in Hollywood without permission.

"I'm graduating (soon), I mark my school differently. Most people do semesters, I do it by movies or tours. At the end of my next movie is when I'm done with school. I'm a little bit of a workaholic. My teacher threatens my work permit. She's like, 'I will not sign it if you don't do (work)!" Cyrus said.

The Hannah Montana star also admits that her teacher even nags her showbiz pals, including teen sensation Justin Bieber.

"She got on to Justin the last time we were at (TV talk show) Good Morning America. She's like, 'Is your teacher here, Justin? Have you done your school today? Do you need me to sign your permit?' I was like, 'You're embarrassing me in front of the Biebs!' My little sister was mortified," Cyrus said. — PTI

All-round  performer

‘I had to learn to look like I could play violin, piano, banjo, guitar. Plus karate and skateboarding! And I've never ridden one in my life. There is a unicycle and juggling. It was a lot of stuff and I had two weeks to learn them all, apart from a card trick - a really complicated one," said Weisz.

"An expert from England was flown to the film set and I spent weeks and weeks learning the trick. Before we started I couldn't even shuffle a deck, so I always had a pack of cards with me and I had to practise every single day," she said.

The Oscar-winning star plays Penelope in the movie, which also stars actors Adrien Brody and Mark Ruffalo. Rian Johnson has directed it. — IANS

Moore memoirs

Hollywood actress Demi Moore is all set to go public in a memoir with details of her three marriages and show business career spanning three decades. HarperCollins said on Monday that it had bought world rights to a memoir by the actress that will cover her life and career. The book, as yet unnamed, is scheduled for release in 2012.

Business news website Crain's New quoted unnamed publishing industry executives with knowledge of the deal saying HarperCollins had agreed to pay more than $2 million for the book.

HarperCollins spokeswoman Tina Andreadis declined to comment on the reported price tag. Moore, 47, has starred in a list of movies including Ghost, Indecent Proposal, and A Few Good Men,"as well as some widely panned films such as Striptease and G.I. Jane.

Moore was once one the highest paid actresses in Hollywood and in 1991 controversially appeared naked and pregnant on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine. — IANS

Revival story
Haryanvi cinema set to take a big leap with Muthbhed — a planned encounter, its first big budget movie
Neha Walia

In a time when Punjabi cinema is growing bigger and better with each release, its sibling Haryanvi cinema is lost in the world of big budgets, glamorous faces and star names. But here's a breather, or call it a new beginning.

The Haryanvi cinema takes its first big leap with the movie Muthbhed - a planned encounter that tries to cover all that has been missing till now. Produced by Kumar Mangat and Sanjay Sharma, the movie has actor Mukesh Tiwari aka ‘Jagira’ from China Gate and singer Poonam Jhawar as lead pair. "It’s an attempt to raise the confidence of those who had been associated with Haryanvi cinema and encourage youth from the region to find a career through this. The idea of investing in Haryanvi film seemed like a joke to most but I suppose after Muthbhed, the perception changes," says Sanjay Sharma, co-producer and the negative lead of the movie.

The film, which is an action drama, based on the youth and crime connection is the first multicrore-budget movie. And a first for Mukesh Tiwari as well, "It was a good experience working on this movie as the efforts and intentions put into it are good. If you compare to Bollywood, it wouldn't be fair. Cinema is cinema, whether Marathi, Bengali or Haryanvi."

Playing a college mislead to a path of crime and ending up encountered, Mukesh didn't face much difficulty in understanding the Haryanvi culture. "I have done regional cinema with Telugu and Tamil movies. Its not a language but dialect so getting Haryanvi dialogues right wasn't a big deal." So was the case with Poonam Jhaveri, who plays a gaon ki gori in the movie. "I had to learn the dialogues but it wasn't very difficult. The subject is very contemporary and so it was easily adaptable."

With all the essential elements of a masala movie, it has an item number too picturised on but of course, Poonam. "The song is such a relief in the fast pace movie. I am sure it will become a big hit with the audience," says the Marwari girl.

The movie also highlights the cultural richness of Haryana, shooting in the interiors of the state like Sohana to tourist places like Pinjore. The movie is scheduled to release in September this year.

As for the lead pairs plans beyond promoting regional cinema, Mukesh is busy shooting for Golmaal 3 and another Rohit Shetty movie while Anees Bazmi's No Problem is ready for release. Poonam, though plans to try out more Haryanvi movies if good scripts come by.

Eye for it

Titan Eye Plus launched an exciting new scheme, which offers customers a flat discount of 25 per cent on exchange of old, eyewear for new spectacles or sunglasses. This scheme, which will be available at all Titan Eye Plus outlets across the country.

During the offer, Titan Eye Plus will display a wide assortment of fashionable and stylish collections from Titan, Eye + and Dash collection of prescription eyewear. Titan Eye Plus also offers a wide range of International brands such as Prada, Armani, Gucci, Police etc. In order to cater to the budget and style requirement of customers, the store displays Titan frames starting from Rs.395 to the latest frames from international brands priced up to Rs.20, 000.

Speaking about the offer, S Ravi Kant, COO - Eyewear Division, Titan Industries Ltd, said, "The latest exchange offer gives our customers an opportunity to refresh their look by replacing their old eye wear with a new spectacle from a wide array of stylish and trendy Titan collections, such as Cabana, Vybes, TRIM, FLEXX and Enigma as well as from the latest range of International brands."

The scheme will be supported through a strong 360 degree, multi-media marketing campaign comprising print, TV, radio and various BTL marketing activities. Titan Eye Plus has state of the art eye testing facilities and Optometrists specially trained by world famous Sankara Nethralaya to ensure that the customer gets a "Zero error eye test".

All Titan frames come with a warranty and all stores have a unique style consultancy section helping customers to choose right frame to suit their unique face type. In addition to the above services, Titan Eye Plus is the only optical chain that offers free insurance on spectacles that covers up to 80% the cost of repair or replacement of the original spectacle. The insurance is valid for a period of 12 months from the date of purchase.— TNS


The casual wear brand Numero Uno has unveiled a new collection of canvas footwear for men and women. This exciting collection of canvas footwear has on offer, both high top and low top styles, in racy colors and contemporary designs.

This collection of trendy canvas shoes provides a combination of exceptional comfort with fashionable styling. If you are mad about funky fashion, show off your elegant side with these retro cool canvas shoes!

Numero Uno's range of "Canvas Footwear" for men and women is casual, versatile and maintenance free. This collection is crafted from durable canvas uppers that enable ventilation and sweat absorption making it an ideal choice of footwear for this season. It is constructed on rubber high traction outsoles with an overlaid toe that provides extra protection and style. With a snug and supportive fit and cambreel lining the soft padded insoles provide excellent arch support while the padded collar delivers ankle support.

This fashionable and easygoing range of canvas footwear embodies all facets of quality, fit and design and will add zing to your wardrobe. Trendy and stylish, this range is available in stunning colours like red, black, grey, pink, khaki, navy, denim, and brown and is priced between Rs 699 and Rs 899 for men and between Rs 499 and Rs 699 for women. This collection is available at all Numero Uno exclusive stores and leading multi brand outlets across the country. — TNS

Kartika & Nisha Thapar

Gucci, Armani, Valentino, Hugo Boss, Diesel, Oxydo, Levis, Polo D&G, Versace, Prada ... do these brands take your attention to the new range of clothing in the market? Wait a second because we are actually talking about the latest trendy spectacles available in the city.

Not only a new hairdo or updating your wardrobe but even choosing the latest spectacle frame is the trend these days as spectacles no longer just aid one's vision but they reflect an individual's personality as well. Gone are the days when sunglasses only meant Ray Ban.

Out of the several styles, shapes, colours and sizes of spectacles, rectangular shaped plastic glasses are the most preferred these days. Ranjeet Singhal, owner of Kumar opticians-22 says, "Thicker rectangular glasses are much in demand these days with red, blue and pink temples (stick) attached to the rim". Modifications are introduced in the rectangular frames to avoid the routine look, such as half frames (Supra), rimless (no rim), full frame (full Rim).

Ranpreet Singh, owner of Weldon Opticians-17, says, "It's the youth (age group 15-35 years) who go for coloured frames to accessorise them with their outfit. Those above the age of 35 like to stick to the conventional black and brown frames. And individual choice matters too".

Besides the style quotient, the plastic frames which have flooded the market, provide

comfort over the metallic frames which are heavy and their attached nose pads cause rashes and leave scares during summers. The plastic frames contain titanium element which makes it lighter than the normal ones, protecting from injury and lays minimum stress on the nose.

You think if you buy Armani or Levis its one and the same thing? Not actually because a branded pair differs from a designer pair as it includes Levis, Rayban, Disel, named after the brands. But the designer wear includes Armani, Tommy, named after the designer and is made exclusively on demand. The range for branded ones starts from Rs 2500 onwards. The designer wears range starts from Rs6000 and go up to Rs 35000. According to Samrat Arora, owner of AroraSons Optics-22, "branded spectacle frames have style appeal, better finishing, great in quality (Virgin material) are easy to handle, most importantly they have guarantee period (24 months) and offer warrantee (12 months) normally.

Hey, but wait! Before you decide to empty your pockets on these brands after reading their advantages, make sure that you are not pranked by the duplicacy in the market. Here are a few tips that will take care that you buy the original products.

l Put the model number written on the tempel of the spectacles on the internet and it will display the similar model of the spectacles you intend to purchase.

l Check the labels and logos of the brands.

l Note down the code number of the spectacles and ask for a catalogue from the authorized dealers to check its originality.

Rajinder Manocha, owner of Big Ben Opticals-22, says, "The anti Reflecting Coating (AR) is now- a- days being used in the glasses to reflect the extra light coming form the external sources, thereby increasing the tolerance level of the eyes and protecting them while driving. It is also good when using computers, as it produces less stress on the eyes".

So weather you wear local or branded just remain hip n happening.

Just doodle it!
Manpriya Khurana

During those ‘not so interesting’ lectures in college, students
don't mind having some
light-hearted fun

Just when the lecture on trigonometry is on, perhaps there's an itch to draw the crooked flower. A careless scribble, random cartoon, flowers, unfocussed drawing, a sketch, casual shape, an abstract figure….just doodle it!

During the lectures, in between the rough margins, last page of the school notebooks, during the telephone conversations; for some, it's a reflex action on spotting just a spare pen and a rough paper.

For others, it's teamwork. Laughs Charvi Batra, fourth-year, UIET student, "Almost our entire gang does it together. When the lecture is too boring to handle, what we do is draw a cartoon with big nose or something like that. Sometimes it's also a caricature of a teacher or on what he's saying. Then the paper is circulated around the entire class for everyone to comment." She adds, "So far, we haven't been caught."

The custom's not restricted to casual flowers or circles. A few indulge in subject-oriented doodling as well. Shares Priya Sharma, research student, PGI, "When I was in school, I remember doodling even the electro magnetic waves during the physics classes apart from the usual funny faces and things like that. During school days, it's quite automatic for students to take to it." Favourable studies on the past time, in applied psychology being just an added advantage. Adds Charvi, "Basically it's propelled by the boredom of the lecture. There's nothing else you can do that time." For those behind the benches, it's an interesting parallel to taking notes.

According to certain schools of thought, doodles can be remarkably effective in judging your sub-conscious. Kanica Sachdev, B. Com student, GCG, shares, "I take to doodling when I can't focus, am bored or just want to get reorganised. There are times when it's therapeutic especially when the final sum of little scribbles comes out to a beautiful large collage."

Let alone sarcastic caricatures, did the teachers ever take nicely to even the beautiful flowers adorning notebook margins just while the lecture is on? Neha Chawla, lecturer, GCG-11, shares, "So far, I've never caught someone doodling in my class, perhaps because I teach literature and that is anyways interesting. But if I did, I'd probably just show it to the whole class." Yeah, she's done her share of scribbles too. "As a child in school we'd make caricatures of the teacher especially during those long and taxing science lectures."

The social networking site communities, blogs on the subject, websites dedicated to the art, are just a pointer in the direction. Take a pen, take a paper and just let your hand do the drawing!

To doodle or not? 

The 'almost' legitimate student art form is as historical as eternal. Etymology has it; the word doodle first appeared in the early 17th century to mean a fool or simpleton. Any definition invariably describes the word "as an aimless scribble, especially while preoccupied elsewhere."

The word encompasses all possible shapes, stick figures, and marginalia, including an abstract scribble. The activity, generally associated with backbenchers, has been just as popular with the erudite and the scholarly. John Keats is said to have drawn flowers in his notebooks during lectures.

Says Dr KL Garg, Sector-17 based psychiatrist, "Just by itself, all that the activity denotes is sheer lack of attention on the student's mind; the major cause anybody indulges in it. It's an absolutely natural diversion, rather signifies an artistic bent of mind."

Early to bed

Children who have a regular bedtime do better academically; claims a new study, giving another reason why parents should ensure their children go to bed early and at the same time every night.

Researchers at SRI International, an independent American research institute in California, found that children who had fixed sleep timing are likely to perform better at reading, languages and maths than those who had erratic sleeping habits. The scientists also found that the earlier a child went to bed, the better they performed at school, a publication reported.

The study of 8000 children, aged four, concluded that those who had less than the recommended 11 hours of sleep each night fell behind in their studies. Dr Erika Gaylor, an early childhood policy researcher who led the study, said: "Getting parents to set bedtime routines can be an important way to make a significant impact on children's emergent literacy and language skills." "Paediatricians can easily promote regular bedtimes with parents and children, behaviours, which in turn lead to healthy sleep."

Scores for receptive and expressive language, phonological awareness, literacy and early math abilities were higher in children whose parents reported having rules about what time their child goes to bed. Children who had an earlier bedtime also had a predictive of higher scores for most developmental measures, they found.

Dr Gaylor said the data also disclosed that many children were not getting the recommended amount of sleep, which may have negative consequences for their development and school achievement.

The scientist recommended parents set an appropriate time for their child to go to bed so they received sufficient levels of sleep. Parents, she added, should also interact with their child at bedtime using routines such as reading books or telling stories. A previous study also emphasised the importance of an early bedtime and consistent bedtime routine for children. It reported that children with a bedtime after 9pm took longer to fall asleep and had a shorter total sleep time. The findings of the latest study, the largest of its kind, was to be presented at a sleep conference hosted by the Associated Professional Sleep Societies. — PTI 

Read on
State library, Sector 34, is a preferred place of many avid readers
Manpriya Khurana

The conventional picture of a library goes like scores of books stacked together in countless shelves, index running into infinite rows and columns; where locating a book is as much of a science as reading it!

State library, Sector 34, makes it to the description yet stands detached from its ilk: Courtesy, space. Neeru Naresh Gupta, library head, doesn't miss the point either, "For readers there's lots of open space here. Rather our library easily accommodates 200-250 readers at a time, it's almost always occupied."

She adds, "There's a proposal to extend it up to the fifth floor, that's already in blueprint. And there're certain online facilities in the pipeline, like an online book index along with suggestion and feedback system where members can mention the books they need."

Till the five floors happen, the building extends up to the first floor, including the basement. Put together, it's a collection of half-a-dozen sections, beginning with the magazine. Shares the librarian, "We get as many as 70 kinds of magazines, some niche ones, on a range of subjects from religion to fashion."

Each floor, every compartment has new arrivals shelves proudly displaying titles outside. As for the crowd, there's a healthy mix 'n' match, mish and mash of almost every age group. Says Suman, librarian, "Though generally students come here, there are quite a few retired personnel, housewives, and even working women."

Children's section stands out from the otherwise sober interiors with Disney and Mickey adorning the colourful walls, red plastic chairs spread out round the room, little shelves of books, Cinderella, sleeping beauty posters, bean bags and the like…there's a wise specky monkey at the centre, holding a book as if watching over!

Over to just the opposite; the circulation segment, the reference section. There's an eerie feeling, inevitably accompanied by journals, thesis, research papers, placed in life-size racks. At times, members carry an electric mobile lamp to locate through the corridors of racks, browse through the sections containing 'How to get a job in the USA' to 'China looks at the World'. Shares Anju Gupta, in charge of the section, "We have as many as 90,000 books. Out of these we have quite a collection of biographies and cook books."

Outside, the new arrival section stands firm, announcing the latest additions.

Children’s angels

Team Balakalakaar
Team Balakalakaar

They've been on with the project for quite a while now. AIESEC, apart from the exchange programs, that allow graduates the opportunity to live and work in another countries and territories, has been contributing its bit to the cause of underprivileged kids through the initiative Balakalakaar. Balakalakaar, an initiative taken up by the local office of AIESEC, brings yet another endeavour with the aim of providing underprivileged children an opportunity to discover their creative side. Through event they intend to bring underprivileged children from Tricity on a common platform wherein they are provided an opportunity to explore and showcase their creativity through art expression.

This Monday, the venue of the action shifts to Rock Garden. There'll be hand printing graffiti, stationary distribution, painting, dance, acting competition, prize distribution, lunch distribution apart from the other fun activities. One for the altruist spirit. — TNS

Blind date

Men and women are greatly influenced not only by what their friends think of their potential fling or relationship partner, but also by the opinions of complete strangers, says a new study. "We might think that searching for mates is a process best done individually, that we can best gather the appropriate information by ourselves. But humans, like many other animals, also pay attention to the preferences of others," said Skyler Place, a researcher in Indiana University's Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and lead author of the study.

The concept of 'mate choice copying', where an individual copies the mate selections of others, has been widely documented in other species, particularly birds and fish, and has recently been looked for in humans as well.

For the current study, 40 men and 40 women each watched video of eight speed-dating interactions. Speed dating involves sessions in which men and women have numerous "mini dates," each date lasting about three minutes. After every date, the men and women checked a box on a card noting whether they would like to see the other person again.

 The students were asked to predict whether they thought the dates were successful as part of the study. The researchers then looked at how the participants' own desires to become romantically involved with the individuals going speed-dating changed based on what the participants thought happened on the speed-dates. The men's interest in the women generally increased after watching the videos but it increased significantly more if their male peer in the video appeared to be interested in the women and if the men were considered as attractive or more so than the study participant. — ANI

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