Wheel of fortune
It's celebration time for the members of the club on International World Jawa Day
Jasmine Singh

Of course there are many practical and emotional reasons to explain why old is gold. The razzmatazz remix music is no match to the soulful strings woven by Lata Mangeshkar and Mohammad Rafi. The moderate spirits are nothing in front of the taste of an old bottle of wine left to age for years, and the of course how can you compare the open spaces to the choc-o-bloc concrete jungle around us. To some extent it justifies why Harpreet Singh Shergill, Navdeep Sharma and Harshveer Singh cannot stop raving about the old charm of their Jawa Bikes. The passion for the old bikes leads to the life long affinity and loyalty for these Jawa fans who vow to make the old machine popular in the new world.

On International World Jawa Day (July 11), the first Jawa Yezdi Club in the north initiated by these three, showcase the old marvel along with other members of the group, and they also tell us why they feel old is gold. But before the trio goes on to explain the reasons behind their affinity, a crisp low down on the machine.

Jawa is a motorcycle manufacturer in the Czech republic, formerly Czechoslovakia. The name was created after its founder, Frantisek Janecek, bought the motorcycle division of Wanderer in 1929 (for their new 500 cc motorcycle engine), by concatenating the first letters of Janecek and Wanderer. Jawa is pronounced (roughly) ‘Yava’.

Over to the Jawa fans. "The Jawa brand of Czechoslovak origin was very popular on India bike scene from early 1960s till late 1980s," says Harpreet Singh Shergill, who works with CBSE. "The bike ruled the heart of young generation then, apart from being the first choice of doctors, defense personnel and bank officers." It was sold on premium for many years and was later rechristened as Yezdi with a punch line, 'Forever bike — Forever value.'

And now some insight into 'why they love this old model.' "Simple, I have my emotions attached to this bike, like other people who attach sentimental value to other things," says Harpreet as he recalls the time when he used to sit pillion on the Jawa bike with his father riding it. Harpreet also feels that though the production of the bikes has stopped in India, it still promises to be a maintenance free machine. "It is the only bike with double clutch, a twin silencer and the same power kickstart and gear lever. I don't talk 19 to dozen about the bike for no reason. We want Jawa owners from the city and nearby regions to know more about the maintenance of the bike, and people to develop interest in the wonderful machine."

Standing in a macho style, nearly 20 motorcycles from 1950s to 1990s were on display by the club to celebrate Jawa Day. People from Morinda, and other places from Punjab, including the tricity, lined up along with their prized possessions.

Navdeep Sharma, senior sales executive with HBL Power Systems Limited shows his Yedzi 95 model. "In comparison to Bullet this is a low maintenance bike. There are more than 80 Jawa Yedzi clubs across India, most of them placed in Bangalore, Chennai and Mysore." Navdeep has a collection of other vintage machines as well-a Lambretta, an old Luna, Thunderbird bike is some of the stuff in his collectors edition. "Lambretta is very popular in Europe. It sells for somewhere between Rs1-2 lakh. Same is the case with Jawa, that can be bought for Rs 50,000- 1 lakh depending on the condition."

Is someone telling us about the sourcing of spare parts, now that the machine is no longer in production! Baldev Singh with his Jawa Yezdi is thrilled to be with the club. He works only on Jawa bikes, and now he is hopeful of getting more work. Adds Harpreet, "it is easy to get spare parts from Delhi, Mysore, Patiala. In case of a major requirement like that of an engine, then one needs to scout more explicitly," he laughs.


Cafes, fine-dine restaurants, lounges, café-cum-bars; what's your pick?
Neha Walia

Hungry kya? Looking to satisfy your hunger pangs, but not with the same dal makhani-panner… blah blah routine! One detailed food-hunting trip in Chandigarh will bring out the point that the eating out concept has changed in theory and practice. Eating out has become eating out-an-out.

Then we had just one Indian Coffee House and now we have cafés, fine-dine restaurants, lounges, bakeries turned into hang out joints, café-cum-bars…the list goes on. Each sector has a number of food joints, irrespective of what category they fall into. Bottleneck, nah. We still have room for more. With the city opening its mouth to concept-based food joints, we wonder how the eat-o-nomics work?

"The market in the city has grown out of the regular fine dining concept. The only hitch probably was how to fill the gap. If you have something different on menu, the market will accept it," feels Priya Jagat, co-owner of recently opened Willow Café. With two other concept based cafés, i.e. Backpakers and Café Nomad, Priya makes sure to sell her concept and food.

"I took a chance going by the feedback I got. After three years into the business, I am sure they want more," she says. None of her cafés offer the same menu and ambience. While Backpakers is a European gourmet café, Café Nomad offers Mid-Eastern and Oriental cuisine. And the newly opened Willow Café too has fresh flavours. "It has got Anglo-Indian and traditional food with a complete countryside ambience. It's probably the only café with a terrace outdoor eating," says Priya.

So, when a new restaurant or café opens in the city, we know it's more than just the food. " The food has to be good. But when thinking concept based food joint, the ambience goes hand in glove," she adds.

Similarly for Raehet Mundy, who opened her Rae's Café-22 last month, the menu was specific but the idea wasn't. "Anything that tastes good and looks good will definitely click. It might just take a little longer to create a market space but eventually, everybody wants to try out something new." So when she decided to follow her passion for baking and cooking, a café was the safe bet. "Rae's offer baked stuff, sandwiches, salads, and a combination of food. Though it's not a fine-dine food joint, but if you want a grab a quick bite or don't care about the nitty gritties of fine dining, then Rae's fits in comfortably."

Suit your style and not stick to specifications. It's not just Café's and bars but also restaurants that are following the path effectively. Rajdhani, at the DLF city Centr Mall with its thali concept buffet and authentic Rajasthani and Gujarati cuisines, is a perfect example. "We wanted to break free form the usual North Indian restaurant food. And, the USP of our menu is the constant change we bring in everyday, which comes as a surprise for the customer," shares Alankar Negi, proprietor, Rajdhani.

There is the other side of the story as well. Yo China, a fast food joint turned fine dining restaurant recently with a change in menu and ambience. Reason? "The market. It was time to bring in some change and turn it into a family restaurant with services. Our customers no longer want the mundane stuff, the add-on services are a must to establish your name," says Baldev Raj Thakur, manager, Yo China-9.

So, what we make out of the entire story is that with investment comes innovation, and it works both ways.


Something fishy!
Kanika Dhillon's upcoming book Bombay Duck is a Fish takes a dig at the film industry
Manpriya Khurana

Kanika Dhillon Film scriptwriter is a rare tag, but then so is assistant director. If you're a budding author, you're almost there. If Shah Rukh Khan tweets about you, you've more than arrived! Well, so has Kanika Dhillon. Come September and she's out to tell the world that Bombay Duck is a Fish. The Amritsar-born girl emails her experience of first book, growing up years, the great Indian Bollywood industry, and needless to say, Shah Rukh Khan.

Set against the Bollywood backdrop, the book charters the journey of a small town girl trying to make it big in the city of dreams. It's a take on the city of dreams, its deception, its ways…"It's a satire on the city called Mumbai and the Industry where things are not what they seem to be. So the rule to survive the city and the industry is; expect the unexpected. Drawing a parallel from the same, I have named it Bombay Duck is a Fish," she says.

Three years with the Shah Rukh Khan's Red Chillies Entertainment and perhaps, the characters and the plot, even the protagonist was in place. "The inspiration came from the industry and people that I have worked with. I observed a few characters and the chaotic amazing way this industry functions, it really surprised and inspired me. So, I decided to pen this down into a fiction story."

But that's about it. For, the divide between truth and fiction, the characters have a sense of realism and thrown in, in the narration is a love story and betrayal too. "The protagonist of my book is a small town girl trying to make it in the industry, but the sequence of hilarious and scandalous events are entirely fictionalised. The protagonist has my point of view on various situations and I could relate to her in terms of struggling to comprehend the way the industry works. Because if you are an outsider, it can overwhelm you," adds the London School of Economics alumnus.

Growing up on Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, writing scripts to now authoring a book, it's been literary pursuits of all sorts and ever since for her. She says, "My growing up years in Amritsar were mostly about school and family. They definitely left an impression on me to get into this field. My mother is an English professor, and from early on, I was surrounded by the works of Shakespeare and Oscar Wilde. My dad gave us the creative freedom to pursue whatever we wanted to."

However, she adds, "Writing a film script is completely different from writing a book. Writing a book is very clearly one voice, one point of view, one opinion. As an author you create a world and it's your playground. There is absolute freedom in terms of how you want your story to unfold. But in a film script, there are many voices and visions you have to amalgamate and then tell your story."

Mention SRK and we get talking. "It's been fantastic. SRK is an inspiration for an entire generation, so obviously I was very driven and inspired to work in his company. I started out as an assistant director in Om Shanti Om. And stayed on, because SRK and his company, believe in encouraging young talent, giving them creative freedom, opportunity and support to grow and flourish. I am grateful to them for giving me such a huge platform." She adds, "I am currently co-writing Ra.one, which again is a fantastic experience. And, talking strictly as an SRK fan, I think, he in the role of superhero, G.one, is superlative and a treat to watch for all his fans across the world!"


Fine blend
SD Sharma

Blessed with the intuitive power and love for North Indian classical music, Bangalore-based young exponent Koushik Aithal (26) has emerged as the youth icon in promoting the genre in Karnataka, the citadel of Caranatik music tradition. Initiated into music by her singer mother and maternal uncles, all into light music, Koushik, an MBA, opted for Indian classical and carved a niche for himself in the realm.

Trained under Guru Hamayun Halarpur, he met his guru, Pandit Parameshwar Hegde of the Kirana Gharana, in 2000. He calls this auspicious day a turning point in his life. His aesthetic potential came to the fore as this maiden concert in 2003 and has since been performing at prestigious concerts in India and abroad.

After winning the AIR National Scholarship for Young Artistes (khyal gayaki) by the Government of India for 2006- 2008 and Promising Artiste Award in 2006 by ITC Sangeet Research Academy, he added new feathers to his cap. His mastery over the voice and his knowledge of the delightful blend and nuances of the Kirana, Patiala and Gwalior gharanas are commendable.

In the city on the invitation of Pracheen Kala Kendra for a concert, Koushik says Karnataka and other states encourage Hindustani tradition of music and stalwarts like Pandit Bhim Sen Joshi, Gangubai Hangal, Kumar Gandharv and others on the music firmament is a testimony to the fact.

“There are no gharanas in Carnatik music and western, but I relish all because of their universal appeal. Both Pandit Bhim Sen Joshi and Ustad Salamat Ali Khan with different gayaki styles are my favourites,” he says.

”There is a greater awakening and appreciation for classical music among youngsters while the TV reality show fever is nevertheless gripping. After tasting failure and frustration, many take to learning the systematic classical music,” he says.

Later in the evening Koushik enthralled the audience at the Baithak concert.

A dig at society
SD Sharma

Theatre festivals are very much part of the cityscape. And when one talks about theatre, street theatre is an instant hit with the audience. “In fact, the spectators are the real makers of a street play, who respond to the theme and presentation with a natural reaction which is encouraging and rewarding for any actor,” opine Sumer Singh and Deepi of the Citi Entertainment Network (CEN), the organisers of the six-day street theatre festival in association with the Cultural Affairs Department, Chandigarh Administration. The festival will present following six street plays, directed by young actor-director Gaurav Sharma.

Rishma: The opening play deals with the social evil of female foeticide. Based on a story by Kulbir Kaur, the play depicts the illogical approach of a widow who has three daughters of her own. She wishes her only daughter-in-law to be blessed with a son only and insists on aborting the female foetus. In the process, the daughter-in-law develop complications and unable to give birth to a child. On July 12

Beware: A situational comedy, written by Gurpreet Sindra, is about two policemen on duty and looking for any incident, apparently to make a quick buck. They come across a eunuch with the similar intention. On July 13

Puwara Bottle Da: Scripted by UK-based playwright TP Sindra, the play is all about alcoholism. The play also depicts the transformation of a typical Punjabi wife to a model. The comedy also delineates the rich cultural heritage of Punjab being actually forgotten by young generation in India and abroad. On July 14

Dulha Bikta Hai: Written by Sumer Singh, the comedy play juxtaposes the greedy intentions of an father planning to fetch the maximum dowry for his well-educated son. The eligible bachelor is put to auction among formidable bidders but to everybody’s surprise the son declares to marry the maid servant he loves. On July 15

Wapsi: Based on a story by Nirmal Jaura, director Gaurav Sharma has bared the process of illegal immigration menace especially by agents in Punjab and Haryana. On July 16

Mission Impossible: Scripted by Manbhavan, the play projects the future calamities we are likely to face due to our failure to maintain the ecological balance. On July 17

The cast include Jasvir, Asha, Tejinder Joshi, Mukesh Pal, Sunny Gill, Vishal, Padam, Sumati, Rubal and Lalit.

Venue: Plaza -17 at 1pm on all days.

Foot work
The traditional Punjabi juttis are going the cosmopolitan way

Avantika showcases her collection — Photo: S Chandan
Avantika showcases her collection — Photo: S Chandan

Now aren’t they the Punjabi ballerinas? The legendary Patiala juttis, we mean. Punjabiat —a cosmopolitan outlook, an exhibition on designer juttis, tends to give a twist to the traditional gear. So, there’s a pair in eclectic blue, fuchsia, hot pink, maroon, purple, royal blue, emerald green, black, silver, metallic gold and more.

“My idea was to give a universal touch to this piece of traditional wear. On similar lines, the exhibition’s named as Punjabiat—a cosmopolitan outlook,” shares Avantika, the designer.

Apart from the juttis thrown in are some pieces of Patiala salwars and Persian carpets to carry forward the theme. Also part of the collection are juttis sans back, called mojris. “Some of them are Punjabi juttis, some are jaipuris and those without back are mojris,” she explains.

There’re some in plain satin colours, others with brocade and brooches atop, yet some in vibrant loud colours, while yet others in traditional paisley prints. “There are around 70 pairs in 14 colours.”

Some of the pairs combine the bling of loud colours while still keeping it sheer, minus the design and the décor. Starting at Rs 700, the collection goes up to Rs 1,300 and what stands apart in all the pieces is the personal touch. Shares Avantika, “I wanted to design something different. Whenever you go shopping for juttis, at times, one finds the same old stuff with not much variation or variety. So, this was an attempt to be different as well as experimental. It took me around three to four months to come up with the entire collection, starting right from collecting all the fabrics and materials, stones, etc.” She adds, “I hope the collection is well accepted, especially since the wedding season is on.” — TNS

Mane point

Rachit Malhotra, an upcoming hair stylist from the city, in association with Scharzkopf has come up with five latest looks that are going to be in this season.

Adpating Schwatzkopf’s Professional Essential Looks — Pure Collection’10, Rachit has created five styles to suit Indian tastes as well as looks. Uniform is a clean edged, military look to go with earthy ones, Cyber waves is for transition from teen to twenties, wavy and in neon colours, Punk for those who support rock attitude, Boudoir for that flirty, sassy look and Pure Collection for teens.

“The last look can be worn in two ways —one to please your parents and another to suit yourself,” shares Rachit.

Rachit has names like Deepika Padukone, Amanpret Wahi, Jassi and Hard Kaur on the list of clients. However, he was hesitant before taking up the profession. “My family had this salon. I would often come and feel inspired to create new looks. It was only after my formal education that I dared to share my dream with my family,” says Rachit.

With honours in commerce and an MBA, Rachit took up professional training from Blossom Kochhar’s Pivot Point Academy and later from Kuala Lumpur before taking up operations of his family’s Femina Plus Salon and Spa. He has a few national competitions to his credit. — Mona

Face it!
Shahnaz Husain

Shahnaz Husain After the arid conditions of summer, high humidity during the monsoon poses a problem, especially for those with oily or combination skin. Oily skins look even more oily and dull, due to sweat and oil secretions being deposited on the skin. Sweat on the skin and scalp also attract dirt and pollutants from the atmosphere more easily.

Deep pore cleansing with facial scrubs is important, in order to keep the pores free of clogged oil and dirt. Use a facial scrub twice a week. Apply it on the face and rub gently on the skin, in a circular motion. Then, rinse off with plenty of plain water.

You can make a facial scrub at home. For oily skin, mix rice flour with a little rose water. For normal to dry skin, mix the rice flour with curd. Or, you can mix ground almonds (badaam) with curd. For oily skins, a scrub can be used daily. For dry skin, use it twice a week. For extremely dry and sensitive skin, avoid scrubs. It is important to rinse the face well with water in order to get rid of all residues and sweat deposits. In fact, during the rainy season, wash the face several times with plain water. Night time cleansing is a must, to remove the impurities that have collected on the skin during the day.  

A flower-based skin tonic or freshener is a boon in humid weather. Rose water can be mixed with witch hazel to make a refreshing skin tonic. Witch hazel will be available at a pharmacy. For oily skin, mix them in equal quantities. For dry skin, mix one part witch hazel with three parts rose water. Keep the mixture in a bottle in the fridge. Wipe the face with it, using cotton wool pads. It not only refreshes the skin, but also helps to tighten the pores and prevent spots and pimples.  

In humid weather, the skin can be prone to blackheads and eruptions. Preventing blackheads helps in the prevention of acne. If there are blackheads, a facial scrub should be used on the blackhead-prone areas. But do not apply scrubs on acne, pimples or rash. The scrub can also be applied on open pores and the marks left by acne. Or, mix oatmeal with egg white and apply on the face twice a week. Wash it off when it is dry. Stubborn blackheads should be removed at a skin-care clinic, by a trained therapist, using proper methods. Pinching blackheads, or trying to remove them at home, not only leads to infection, but also scarring. Avoid touching the face, without washing your hands and never pick or pinch blackheads and pimples.  

If there is rash, pimples or acne, the face should be washed with a medicated soap, or medicated cleanser only twice a day, morning and night. Then wipe it off with the rose water and witch hazel skin tonic. It is better not to use harsh astringent lotions. If you buy an astringent lotion, mix it with rose water and keep in a tightly closed bottle in the fridge. Add a little rose water to sandalwood paste and apply on the rashes and eruptions. Neem leaves can also be used to treat rashes, pimples and acne. A handful of neem leaves can be simmered on very low fire in four cups of water for one hour. Leave it overnight. Next morning, strain and use the water to wash the face. Make a paste on the leaves and apply on pimples, rash and acne.  

Oily products, like heavy nourishing creams, should not be used when the weather is humid. If your skin is dry, you will find it looking and feeling better during the Monsoons. A light, liquid moisturiser should serve your purpose, both to keep the skin moisturized and as a base for make-up.   

If you are out during the day, carry a small bottle of skin tonic in your handbag, so that you can use it whenever the skin feels sweaty and greasy. Wet tissues and skin cleansing pads are also useful for refreshing the skin. After wiping the face with wet tissue, use compact powder. It helps to refresh the skin and remove the oily look. 

If your skin is very oily, multani mitti may help to reduce the oiliness. Mix it with rose water into a paste and apply on the face, washing it off when it dries. For a monsoon face mask, mix three teaspoons oatmeal with egg white and one teaspoon each of honey and curd. If you don’t want to use egg white, add rose water or orange juice. Apply it on the face and wash it off after half an hour. Use it twice a week. Dry and powdered lemon and orange peels can also be added to face packs. 

During the monsoons, the body loses fluids through sweat. Remember to drink more fluids to keep the system flushed. Take plenty of nimbu paani and fresh fruit juices, apart from plenty of water. Avoid heavy starchy meals.  Include salads, fruits, sprouts and yogurt in your daily diet. Substitute your hot cup of tea with iced tea, lemon juice and a dash of honey. Beauty is not just a question of how you look, but how you feel and at no time is this more relevant than during hot, humid weather.

Joint effort
Anuja Jaiswal

Merry go round

A study shows that teens' positive emotions and moods could help them grow into healthier youths. Shaffer-Hudkins of the University of South Florida is the first to look at both positive and negative indicators of mental health and its bearing on physical health in a sample of 401 students in sixth to eighth grades.

The teenagers rated their satisfaction with life, whether they had felt excited, strong and proud (positive affect) or lonely, guilty and sad (negative affect), reports Applied Research in Quality of Life. — IANS

Are you trying desperately to tone your body? Take care or your joints might just give away! Joint injuries especially knee joint injury due to fitness activities are becoming common. Irrespective of the kind of exercise we do, our knee joint comes under lot of stress and pressure. Since knee joints bear our body's weight during all kinds of activities, this load increases manifold during exercise.

Dr Harinder Batth, Senior orthopaedic Consultant in Department of Orthopedics at Cosmo Hospital and Inscol Hospital says that all kinds of activities can be divided into two categories - high impact and low impact activities. During high impact activities, it is estimated that knee joint experiences 2-3 fold of body weight and it includes jogging, tennis, climbing, weight training etc. Low impact activities are more knee friendly and include walking, stationary cycling etc, points out Dr. Batth. One may chose from any of these kinds depending on personal requirements and age. However, in either kind, precautions need to be taken at all times, to prevent any unwarranted injury to the knee joint.

A proper training schedule needs to be roughly planned, laying emphasis on gradual increase of activity level, says Dr Batth. It is advised to 'Never over-do anything'. This basic principle applies to any form of exercise and must be followed, else a knee injury happens which could keep you away from exercise for months.

Nonetheless if some pain or swelling occurs, the first step is to immediately stop the exercise. Apply ice on the affected area, take sufficient rest and consult the doctor in case of persistent pain. Such repeated injuries over a period of time puts undue pressure on knee joint and can lead to early onset of arthritis. Even a single major injury of knee like ligament or meniscal tear if left untreated for long time leads to degeneration of the joint, asserts Dr Batth.

On the other hand, regular exercise over a long time that builds quadriceps and hamstring muscles creates additional support for knee joint. These strong muscles protect the knee in times of excessive strain and pressure. This is the reason that a professional athlete is able to jog or play for hours while a novice sprains his knee in few steps of running.

More recent data has indicated that people who have strong muscles around knees experience far less pain even if they suffer from knee arthritis. This finding has prompted physicians to include regular knee exercise as a part of the treatment for knee arthritis. He says, knee is the largest joint of body with very few muscles around it and is prone to injuries. Regular Exercise of knee muscles goes a long way in creating an additional support system for the joint, which protects it from unwarranted loads and pressures.


Tread carefully
Sachin Kalra

Sachin Kalra Treadmill is one of the most popular exercise equipment and is great for getting back into shape, improving health and cardiovascular fitness. It is not a difficult piece of equipment to use, however, many exercisers use it incorrectly.

You have to learn how to use the treadmill properly to get the maximum benefits from your daily workout routine. Here are some tips to help you use your treadmill to its full capacity.

  • Get familiar: Before you begin, take note of the control panel on the treadmill. Be sure to pay attention to where the pause and the emergency stop buttons are, so that you can stop the belt if you need to during your workout.
  • Dress code: Walking on a treadmill is easier on the joints than walking on pavement, but you still need to wear proper footwear such as walking or running shoes. Never walk on the treadmill barefoot or in sandals as this could result in injuries. Also, be sure not to wear clothing that can get stuck in the belt or on the railings. Otherwise, it can lead to injuries.
  • Slow and steady: Before you start the machine, stand on the treadmill with your feet on the side rails and not on the belt. Start at a slow speed and gradually progress to a higher speed. Never get on or off a treadmill when it's moving at high speed. To get off, slowly reduce your speed and then hit stop. In case of emergency, press the emergency stop button.
  • Know your pace: If you are a beginner, start by walking at an easy pace. As you become comfortable you can increase your pace. If you are familiar with the treadmill, don't just walk in the comfort zone. Push yourself; you can start by jogging and then running on the treadmill. Interval training is recommended where you alternate from a sweat breaking pace to a cool down pace. The incline control is excellent for increasing your cardio workout.
  • Hold on: The biggest mistake treadmill users make is holding on to the handrails while walking or running. Holding onto the treadmill creates a long list of problems for the exerciser, including decreased exercise intensity (burning fewer calories and reducing aerobic conditioning benefits) due to reduced weight load, compromised posture and body mechanics leading to increased risk of muscle strain and injury, and reduced coordination and balance. It is important to swing your arms as you do while taking a walk. You shouldn't be using your arms to balance yourself, as this can lead to tension in your arm muscles. However, if you feel awkward not holding on, then slow down the pace or reduce the incline.
  • Be focused: Do not look sideways, down, or backwards while you are on the treadmill because there is a tendency for you to run or walk in the direction you are looking. Keep your focus straight ahead to avoid accident.
  • Right inclination: For a better workout, you can increase the incline thereby increasing your exercise effort. Incline can also be used very effectively for interval training. But, again, don't hold on to the handrails. Holding on while the treadmill is inclined creates an even more compromised body position. When we walk up an incline, we naturally bend at the hips and knees, as the body leans slightly forward. Holding on to the handrails on an inclined treadmill actually forces your body to lean back.
  • Normal stride: Always walk in a normal manner on the treadmill. A lot of people either use short strides or over extend their stride. This causes excess stress on the back and knees. It is also important to walk on the heels and balls of your feet. Following correct legwork will result in a more comfortable and safe workout.

Once you get into the rhythm of walking properly on the treadmill, the workout will become easier. However, take time to ensure that you're doing it right, so that you can get maximum benefit from your treadmill workout, without undue stress to your body.


Game for big money

If the grapevine is to be believed, Indian television tsarina Ekta Kapoor might soon put her small screen knowledge to the test on Imagine TV's game show Big Money.

The television heavyweight, who has produced iconic shows like Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi and Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii for the small screen, might be seen with her family members on Big Money, said a source.

Big Money, hosted by multilingual actor R Madhavan, will go on air Saturday. It offers prize money of Rs10 million and is played with four family members. The show will have questions related to everything shown on TV.

Questions like—Who is Popeye's girlfriend? Whom did Indian Cricket team caption Mahindra Singh Dhoni marry? The tagline of which washing powder is Daag Achche Hain?—will be asked on the show.

While a lot of common people will get a chance to try their luck, many popular faces from small screen and Bollywood are expected to be seen too. — IANS

In Monroe's shoes

Johny Depp Hollywood superstar Johnny Depp brought partner Vanessa Paradis a pair of shoes once worn by the legendary Marilyn Monroe.

The singer-actor is a huge fan of the late fashion icon and was thrilled when the actor gave her the Ferragamo-designed footwear.

"He spoils me. He actually bought me the Marilyn Monroe shoes. Monroe's someone who touches me really deeply.

I truly admire both actor and the singer that she was. I love Lazy and so many of her songs.

She had a velvety voice," said Paradis, who didn't wear them. — IANS

Hottest vampire

Brad Pitt Brad Pitt has beaten new-age vampire Robert Pattinson in the hottest Hollywood vampire poll. Pitt's character Louis de Pointe du Lac from 1994's Interview with the Vampire has earned him the top spot in a new WENN.com monster list, putting him just ahead of Pattinson by a handful of votes.

Pitt scored 44 per cent of the 1,000-plus votes, just one per cent more than Pattinson, who plays Edward Cullen in the Twilight franchise.

Kiefer Sutherland came in third for his role as a neck-biting teenage tearaway in The Lost Boys, ahead of Dracula star Gary Oldman. — IANS

Jolie good show!

Angelina Jolie says that her figure compliments the kind of action roles she does and she doesn't need to work out for them. The mother-of-six insists that she can anytime transform from family life to Hollywood action girl without even preparing for it.

The slender actor has her bag full with good number of action flicks from playing Lara Croft in Tomb Raider and The Cradle Of Life and starring in Wanted alongside Scottish star James McAvoy.

The star of another upcoming action film Salt says she doesn't have to do any preparation for such roles because she is naturally fit.

"I really don't work out," she said.

She added: "I've always been kind of slight and I've always loved to run and jump around and be physical so action roles are not a huge challenge for me. I enjoy them." — ANI

Mean time

Lindsay Lohan, who is due to begin her 90-day prison term on July 20, is set to land in further trouble, it has emerged. The actor is facing financial ruin as Hollywood turns its back on her.

The Mean Girls star recently denied that she is 400,000 pounds in debt as a result of wild spending and massive legal costs. However, a source said: "She is being shunned by every major studio and even the small, independent ones are wary of her. "She is hurting for cash and jumping at every paid public appearance at nightclubs - a move that hardly puts her in the best environment to stay sober."What she does earn, she spends almost immediately. She's aware she's in deep trouble and is as terrified of being broke as she is about going to jail," she added. — ANI

Snoop-ing around

Rapper Snoop Dogg Rapper Snoop Dogg is trying to convince "Coronation Street" producers to give him a cameo role in the TV soap.

The hip-hop star wants to feature alongside English footballer David Beckham and actor Steven Arnold in fictional character Ashley Peacock's butcher's shop in the show.

Snoop, 38, said: "Id love to be in it. My people have reached out to the producers and we are going to do it. They should definitely put some Snoop Dogg in there... The butcher's will be the cool spot. I'd have my man David Beckham in there working with me. He's my guy."

The rapper is a big fan of the British show and wants to be a part of its 50th anniversary. — IANS

Desperate no more

Brian Green Marriage seems to have brought along good luck for Brian Austin Green, the husband of Bollywood bombshell Megan Fox. He has just landed a role in the superhit TV series Desperate Housewives.

In the drama series, the 37-year-old actor will play a man in his 30s who is not only handsome but a playboy as well, in the show's seventh season.

The Beverly Hills, 90210 alumni, will play Keith, a new contractor and charming playboy who turns up the heat on Wisteria Lane.

Green who married Megan Fox last month, had a recurring role on Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles before it was cancelled. He also portrays John Corben aka Metallo on Smallville. — PTI

Puppy love

Hollywood actor Jennifer Aniston is in love with her latest obsession - a cockapoo, a cross between a cocker spaniel and a poodle. Aniston already has Norman, a 15-year-old corgi-terrier mix, and Dolly, a four-year-old white shepherd.

"She adopted because she fell in love with her acting coach's dog," contactmusic.com quoted a source as saying. The 41-year-old adopted the dog from a non-profit organisation Saving Spot in Los Angeles. — IANS

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