Second innings
These men who once donned olive green share how an Army background paved the way for success in their later ventures

Major-Gen Harwant Krishan (retd)
Major-Gen Harwant Krishan (retd)

Discipline, punctuality, planning, camaraderie, team spirit…the list of traits that the Army teaches is long. It also provides ‘a world of your own’, a world where order and hierarchy rules. Pretty much in contrast to the ‘civilian’ way of life. Yet, we come across some bravehearts who after retiring from defence services, started afresh and made a mark in their second innings as well.

Major-General Jaswant Singh Mann (retd) made a fresh start in 1994 after serving in the Army for 32 long years. Back to his family farm, he along with his wife came up with Mannsfield Fresh, a state-of-the-art food processing plant with the capacity of 9,000 MT of frozen vegetables every year.

“After defence services, I really wanted to do something for ex-servicemen and farmers in my area,” shares Major General Mann. And, he has been pretty successful in that. His labour-intensive farm employs close to 400 people on a monthly basis.

As for the change of profession, things for sure are not easy. “The Army life is way different. But one needs to shed one’s rank to adjust in civil life” he says. “When one moves in to civil life from Defence, one expects the same respect. But civil respects achievers, so one needs to earn that respect here,” he shares.

Major General Mann gives credit to the Army for making him a success in business too. “The Army happens to be my greatest boon. Be it management, supervision, double-check system, planning and coordination—I learnt all there. A few change of tricks of the trade — persuasion works better than discipline in civilian life — one is all set to achieve success in whatever field one takes up,” says he.

Brigadier (retd) IJ Singh expresses similar views. He is a name in realty business, with his Home-n-Home, which he handles along with his wife. “The qualities and values that I imbibed at various stages of my Army career, made my second career easy,” he says. After retiring from the Army in 2003, he started all over again. “After leaving the Army, one needs to prepare for the civil life ahead, well in advance. And the first step towards it is ‘to detoxify yourself of the ego syndrome’. At 56, I felt that there were still 10-15 years of working life left,” he shares. The Army’s most significant lesson ‘know your lesson before you command’ made him take up a 15-day capsule course from the ones already in business. “The Army taught me forecasting, logic, vision and time management, which came handy in the civil stream,” he adds.

Leaving behind the adventurous and scintillating life, Brig (retd) Singh is now enjoying stability that the city provides and interaction with a much wider spectrum of people. “In the Army life, juniors are only to be seen, not heard, but here one needs to be a patient listener at all times,” he shares.

Maj Gen Harwant Krishan (retd) after retiring in 2007, decided to practice what he preached. “My last posting as Director-General Resettlement kind of prepared me for what to expect,” he says. “At 58, I had the option of taking life easy and play golf to while away time. But I felt that I still had the physical and mental energy left to be put to use,” he shares.

Major General (retd) Harwant Krishan along with a colleague Brigadier (retd) HS Nagra manages camps in the serene hills of Himachal Pradesh. “The Army taught us how to manage people — getting along with seniors, juniors, peers — which came in pretty handy in setting up a new project - Pine Hills Eco Camp,” he says. Being from Defence makes the first step easy,” feels Maj Gen Harwant. “Our society holds defence personnel in high esteem. Be it common villagers, industrialists or even politicians…the first step is always easy,” he shares.

As for the comparison between the two worlds, “I had a very enjoyable stint in the Army, but then, one has to move on. I am glad I did,” he signs off.

More of less!
Saurabh Malik

After spitting fire for months now, the fretting and fuming sun is losing its steam and calming down, gradually. And, is struggling hard for supremacy against the overriding onslaught of the advancing clouds in the battle of skies.

As the weather brings cheer along with it, everywhere you see you find `more of less’. That’s right. Apparels are ebbing, even as the heat is no more swelling.

And it’s not just the epidermis clinging, cuffed up, denims that are rising up to the occasion like never before. Even micro-minis are melting down in the gentle heat. They are, in fact, inching up with little patience to attain new heights of popularity.

After all, all good things come in small packages. Well, you may have a good look at them, trying to comprehend the “foreign hand” behind the Anderson-like “vanishing act” of the garments, but the young ones are just not bothered about it. Ask little miss Tanya. The 20-something has just given up her Kat-pants; relegated them to some remote corner of her cupboard, and memory, to be taken out when the changing winds of fashion bring along with them a blast from the past. No skirting the issue for her. She is grabbing the eyeballs by dropping the layers and has picked up a nice black mini. After all, she believes in the principle of minimalist living.   

Her chums? They too believe in bare essentials. For them, it’s spaghettis and halters big enough to be stitched from a handkerchief. Exaggeration? Okay, scarf. Having doubts? Just hover over the geri route and you will find damsels out of distress in thin-strapped shorter-than-ever-before tank top. It may take some time for you to grasp, but those loud shining red or blue strips are actually the straps of the unmentionables making their boisterous presence felt.

That’s not the long and short of the summer dress code. Backless… it’s in the front. You even have tops that make no attempts to reach down to meet the low-rise jeans. Just in case you long for shorts, look out for bike shorts, plaid short shorts, plaid bermuda shorts, khaki short shorts, button tab shorts and even cargo shorts. City-based model-turned-reality show challenger Shiraz Khan has just grabbed a dozen from one of those export surplus stores.

Guys, the only thing that’s getting bigger this season is attitude. So forget about their stance and just enjoy the short summer season.

Count on this
More than ever before, online portals are targeting buyers with amazing discounts
Jasmine Singh

This should be every woman’s dream. At the time of sales, give her a loaded debit or credit card (one and the same thing for most of them), a chauffer (she wouldn’t mind), and let her shop till she drops (chances are she can create a world record of shopping without a break). The catch is, this lovely woman doesn’t have enough quality time to fulfil the dream. As a result she has to make-do with the virtual world, and of course she manages to blow those hundreds and thousands. Online shopping for sure has garnered good clients. Thanks to all the lovely ladies out there! Jokes apart, the concept of online discount shopping is picking up well with shoppers finding it a reliable and time-saving activity.

A lot of portals have been launched in the recent past that offer deals at discounted prices, with more and more people doing discount shopping online. These portals come up with a new deal everyday and discounts can go up to 50 per cent of the actual price on any product or service ranging from consumer durables, mobile handsets, food and hospitality, fitness clubs, and travel. These portals tie-up with big and small brands, assuring them of getting bulk buyers for their products and services. These sites help minimise family budgets with cheap deals on board and young professionals as well as students can explore the benefits to the full extent. Says Kunal Bahl, CEO, Jasper Infotech, “Unlike in the Western countries, social shopping in India forms a very small part of the e-commerce pie, but given the current trends in online space, there is vast scope for these portals in the future.”

Jasper’s proprietary product Snap Deal, is a website that offer 50-80 per cent discounts at fine dining restaurants, movie tickets, shopping at the top brands, beauty and health packages, lifestyle products, travel, entertainment and much more. “Snap Deal has witnessed a viral growth phenomenon in its large fan following on Facebook. The Facebook page, which also addresses concerns, queries or feedback from the customers, is already a 40,000 plus community,” adds Kunal.

The procedure is pretty simple; if you are a shopper all you have to do is browse the Internet for online shopping sites. And if you are already a member, just sign in to check what is available at discounted rates and place the order., ebay, or homeshop18, portals all over target buyers with amazing discounts. Mobile phones for Rs 250, a diamond set for Rs 1,300, branded tees for Rs 50-100…why wouldn’t a buyer get enticed? On top of it, free shipping is another added feature. Says Sandeep Dhull, graphic in-charge with Jackpot, “The reliability factor is the sole reason behind the growth of online discounted portals. Discounted rates come second. If the buyer is not satisfied with the product there is no way he or she would buy it, even for free. All products offered on these sites are in absolute good condition, a preview of which the buyer gets to see on the site.”

However, the flip side cannot be ignored. Not everyone is elated about e discounts. How do you know they send the stuff that is shown on the portal? Jewellery and gadgets is something that should be purchased after a lot of scrutiny? Some frequently asked questions, answers to which can be found in the growth of such sites!

Under watch
Webcams can come in handy for home security
Amitpal Singh Grewal

Webcam is a good gadget that helps in keeping up with friends and family over the Internet. Some even use webcams for remote business meetings, and developing low-end videos, both offline and online. These devices can be put to another very important use - home security.

By setting up a webcam at any particular point of your house and connecting it to the computer, you can record various activities. If you are a victim of a theft or burglary, you can provide a copy of the recorded event to the police.

All you need for the purpose is a normal webcam, a computer and software that allows you to set the camera; even a simple manual recording software would do the trick. Rest, depending on the areas you are interested in monitoring, you may need more than one camera. For example, you may want to set up a camera to focus on your front door, back door, driveway or any other location. In some cases, you may also want to set up a camera to watch certain areas inside your home, such as your computer. You may do this, for instance, if you think your roommate’s friends are using your personal belongings, gadgets or even your computer without your permission.

Choosing a wireless webcam comes in handy; as you don’t need to deal with wires that may not extend to the point you need them to. Whatever you choose, make sure the model is compatible with your operating system and your computer has enough memory to save long recordings.

Nowadays, there are advanced softwares available in the market, which allow you to record and send video clips to a remote location. But if the clips are stored exclusively on your computer, there are chances if the computer is stolen you may lose all the evidence. Therefore, if you own a webcam with inbuilt light, place a duct tape over the lights to be on the safer side.

Haute pick
Charged up

Am amazing gadget, the new AA sized generator is capable of charging connected AA battery using vibrations. This AA generator is designed for devices that require less power to operate such as remote controls or a wall clock. A simple shake is all that’s needed to keep the batteries topped up.

Bits about Bytes
Hyperlinks to knowledge
Roopinder Singh

When we learn, we generally use a step-by-step progression and this process of thought is known as linier thinking. We progress in a single direction through regular steps or stages, sequential. In our pursuit of knowledge, there are times we want to take detours, learn more about things that we come across and take the road less travelled...we want to indulge in non-linier learning.

Hyper card, an Apple software programme that allowed you to connect cards linking various pieces of information was the rage near the end of the 1980s. It was such an exiting time, since the programme allowed information to be presented in a way that was not linier, and thus added depth.

The Internet is the best example of the use of hyperlinking, since it allows a reference to a document that the reader can directly follow. The hyperlink points to a whole document or to a specific element within a document. Hypertext is text with hyperlinks.

As we progress in the world of knowledge, we learn that it can’t be compartmentalised into neat little subjects, but is actually interconnected in ways that often astound us. Recently, Chandigarhians were treated to a unique event, (courtesy the Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi and Arun Nehru, the son of the late Mr B K Nehru), Professor Bulent Atalay’s lecture on ‘Leonardo’s Universe’.

Professor Atalay is the author of Math and the Mona Lisa and Leonardo’s Universe. He is, the Washington Post says, ‘a true Renaissance man — an artist, archaeologist and scientist’. His education includes BS, MS, MA, PhD and postdoctoral studies, completed at Georgetown, Princeton, University of California-Berkeley, and Oxford University.

He is a professor of Physics at the Mary Washington College of the University of Virginia, deeply interested in art. The focus of his particular attention is Leonardo da Vinci, whom he calls a transformational genius. Like many ancient men of knowledge, Leonardo (April 15, 1452 – May 2, 1519) was a person whose expertise spans a significant number of different subject areas. He was an Italian polymath: painter, sculptor, architect, musician, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist and writer.

Leonardo’s unbound curiosity matched his powers of invention. Although only a few of his paintings survive, he is considered to be one of the greatest painters the world has seen and is regarded as the most talented person ever. His notes have design of a helicopter, submarine, and a telescope — hundreds of years before anyone else conceived them.

Prof Atalay’s lecture was a fine example of a non-linear experience in which anecdotes, algorithms and art were played out in various measures. He had the standing-room only audience at the Government Art Museum eating out of his hands, even when they didn’t fully understand him... like when he spoke about Fibonacci numbers, where every number in the sequence (after the second) is the sum of the previous two numbers: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, .... Eventually, the Fibonacci numbers lead to the Golden Ratio: ? = 1.618 033, which has been used by architects and artists to produce objects of great beauty.

For many in the audience, the Fibonacci numbers needed some explaining. An art student sitting next to me Googled it on her mobile phone, and soon we had the answer, we, because she let me have a look at it too. It was great, because the experience became richer.

Time flew by and the lecture lasted longer than we expected. Prof BN Goswamy gave an Indian perspective in his lucid comments and I came back with a copy of Professor Atalay’s book. As he autographed it, I told him: “Your lecture will stay in our minds for a long time, and this book will refresh it.”

The book, brilliantly produced by National Geographic, became my companion that night and the next day, but after I read it, I wanted more, and guess what, I Googled and another world of information opened in front of it.

Since this was browsing in the real sense of the term, I went of excursions, hopped from one site to another, from one facet to another fact about the genius that was Leonardo Da Vinci. As often happens, Wikipedia ( became an important starting point, of a journey that lead through the Web Museum, Paris (, Professor Atalay’s website, which is a fine multi-media experience with sound ( and a blog in the National Geographic website ( leonardo-da-vinci-scientist-and-artist.html). For those who missed his lecture, please catch them at YouTube(

I am determined to go on more such journeys. The clicks of the computer’s mouse, and a hyperlinked world of the Internet often come together to give me a sense of exploring the thrilling universe of knowledge, which is both empowering and invigorating. All thanks to hyperlinking.

Rock solid

Nagaland is my home, but Chandigarh my favourite place on earth," says Thechano Kithan, a poet, painter, photographer and a nature lover who came on a short visit to City Beautiful for the release of her poetry collection Whispering Rocks.

"Physically I am in Nagaland, but my heart is here," says Thech. And her poetry brings together her two worlds. So, Dawn At Leisure Valley, A Journey from Rewari To Panchkula as well as Down By The River Zaktsu and A Letter To A Naga Mother.

"My poetry aims at erasing geographical boundaries. My friends from Nagaland, who have not been to Chandigarh, feel moved by these poems. And friends from here often question if they can come over to my land, see the chestnut tree and dip their feet in river Zaktsu," she shares.

She is due to release her second book soon, which again brings the two worlds together. "Whenever I go to publishers they ask me to write fiction. But I can express myself best through verses," she laughs.

Though not a fiction writer, Thech is pretty good at painting and photography. Thech's 18 years in Chandigarh and Haryana have given her a lot. "Although I used to write poems earlier, it's Chandigarh that groomed me. My years in Haryana made me a courageous and fearless woman that I am today," she shares.

Apart from being an artist, Thech is an animal lover. On her farm, back in Nagaland, she has a horde of animals that she has saved from being served on the dining table. "I call them my children. I often bring kids from my neighbourhood to my animal farm to sensitise them about saving wildlife," says Thech, who is presently living the life of a yogi on her farm in Nagaland. "Yoga is another gift that this city gave me and I am so grateful about it," she says.

Thech would be back soon in the city with her photography exhibition. In the meantime, you can pick her Whispering Rocks, a collection of 49 poems from English Book Store-17 for Rs 250.

Fair enough

This application changed the course of my life, now it's your turn to choose your destiny," says Rini Rajan from Kerala, she is one of the hundreds of girls, who have benefited from the Fair & Lovely Foundation Scholarship.

An initiative by Fair & Lovely, the leading fairness cream brand of Hindustan Unilever Limited, the foundation commenced its programme in 2003. Since then, it has been transforming the lives of more than 700 girls through the scholarship programme. It invites applicants across India for the Fair & Lovely Scholarships 2010 to pursue graduation, post-graduation and Ph D.

The eligibility criterion for the scholarship is a minimum of 60 per cent in class X and XII. Applications can also be downloaded or submitted online on

Speaking about the scholarship programme, Govind Rajan, general manager Skincare, HUL, said, "We warmly welcome the young aspirants of 2010 to apply for these scholarships and make their dreams come true. Going forward, we shall continue and work towards empowering young girls. It gives us a great sense of satisfaction to be able to make a difference in lives of hundreds of young aspirants for the past seven years and will continue to do so in the coming years."

The last date for submission of application forms is August 13. — TNS

Spade work
What a pest!
Satish Narula

With the monsoons comes the new growth. The plants start putting forth their best. They attain growth to live through the rest of the year. But don't forget the problems are not far away. The insects know this 'growth' factor too. And you have also to know about this and 'them'.

A gardener has to be vigilant. The new growth disappears as soon as it comes. The insects are voracious feeders. Before you are aware of what is happening, there is irreparable damage. It is more telling in case of shade-loving plants as each and every leaf in such cases matters. Loss of even a single leaf means loss of plant get-up, as most of these are valued for their original and old leaves. In case of fruit trees, loss of green is damaging for the next crop. And in case of vegetables, the value of leaf is tremendous as the fruit size and quality is the result of good amount of leaves.

In most of the plants, the insects are specific like Mango Hopper, Lemon Butterfly, Anar Butterfly, Cabbage Semi-Looper and Citrus Psylla. But there are others that can feed on a wide range of plants. One of the glaring examples of this is Chaffer Beetle. How to identify it? You may have noticed in these days the leaf 'X-rays'. Most of the leaf-green is eaten and what is left behind is only the web of ribs. This beetle feeds on many kinds of plants, like roses, grapes, hibiscus and vegetables. This can be controlled by spraying sevin/hexavin (carbaryl), dissolved at two and a half gram to a liter of water. The main thing to remember, however, is that the spraying should be done in the evening hours, after four o'clock in the evening as that is the time when this insect appears. The spraying has to be repeated after a fortnight.

Yes, you can see this insect after a bit of efforts. But one insect that is in front of your eyes and that you cannot see or identify is red scale of roses. This insect also appears now that is in August-September. This is stationery kind of insect. This delicate insect creates a hard shell on its body and inserts its mouthparts in the stem sucking its sap. As it is very tiny, under a shell and not moving, you cannot identify it. If you want to see it, look for the reddish crust, the pox marks on the stem. This insect appears in thousands and continuous assault on the stem dries it. This insect is not affected by any and every insecticide as it has impregnable shell on its body. It has to be systemic insecticide, which goes into the system of the plant. As the insect sucks sap, it dies.

There are two ways of controlling it. One, at small scale when you have only a few plants and the other at large scale when the number of plants is too much. For a few plants you can use a used toothbrush which is dipped in rogor solution or even spirit and hard rubbed on the stem removing the crust. Other method which is normally used commercially is the use of phorate granules i.e. Thimet 10-G granules. These are added at 10 grams per bush thrice at monthly interval, starting with the time of pruning the bush.

Myth of the week

Try & die

Insects die only when they feed on the chemicals that are sprayed. No, there are different catagories of insecticides. Some are contact insecticides whereas others work only when ingested. In case of contact insecticides, even when the insect escapes direct spray, dies even later when comes in contact with it. The skin of insect absorbs the chemical and it dies. In rains, prefer those insecticides that are systemic in nature. 

Rocking together

Bollywood's veteran actor Shammi Kapoor has said that he is upbeat to appear along with his 27-year-old grandson Ranbir Kapoor in Imtiaz Ali's upcoming film Rockstar. Shammi Kapoor, who was the chief guest at the third convocation ceremony of Whistling Woods International, a film institute in Mumbai, said his falling health couldn't impede his excitement to get back to work after 10 years.

"For me that is a great experience for the simple fact that I haven't worked for 10 years or so now. I haven't faced the camera not the professional ones and I am an ailing man, I undergo dialysis thrice a week," said Shammi Kapoor. "I have been suffering to that extent and I am disabled, I am on wheelchair as you can see but to me it is a great feeling like a window opening, a possibility for me to go out there and do it all over again," he added.

Filmmakers Shekhar Kapoor and Subhash Ghai also attended the convocation ceremony along with Oscar winning lyrist Gulzar on Saturday. Ghai promotes Whistling Woods International, considered Asia's largest Film, Television, Animation and Media Arts Institute. "I always thought that cinema has been going on in Mumbai for so long, studios have been built, but no such platform was built like you have a campus where you spend two years and you gain general knowledge on filmmaking, film appreciation, media studies," said Ghai.

"My main objective was to allow one to discover oneself," he added.Internationally acclaimed Bollywood filmmaker Shekhar Kapoor, who has directed films like Elizabeth, Golden Age and Bandit Queen, said he has never been to the film institute."I been to film school and now I feel that if I get an opportunity then I would like to go to school. I have missed out on something, missed out on the theatrical and the ability to experiment with cinema," said Shekhar Kapoor."Since I have been making cinema, I always had the burden that it has to be released, it has to be commercial. I have started making short films to release that burden," he added. — ANI

Toning it down

When many actors would take pride in tomtoming their six-pack abs, Emraan Hashmi would take offence. He would much rather call his newly-acquired chiseled torso for forthcoming movie Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai toned and fit.

"I actually have an aversion to calling it a six-pack. I was told to be physically fit for the film. So, I put on some muscles and gained some weight as the role demanded that. But I would still say instead of six pack, it was a slightly more toned physique that was required for the role," said Emraan. "It was kind of an unreasonable task that I set for my trainer. I asked him to help me tone down in two to three months, which was a very small time. The film was shot over a year and for the entire year, I kept training. In fact I am still training. I continued that," he added. Considering that the movie is set primarily in the 1970s, toned bodies were not a regular at that time.

Asked about this, he said: "You had body building as a sport since in the 1930s. They might not have the gym and the equipments like today but they still did push ups and crunches the athletic way." — IANS

Techno man

Twilight star Kellan Lutz has invented his very own multi-purpose omelette maker. The 25-year-old American has had a passion for creating things. He even studied chemical engineering before finding fame in Hollywood. Lutz said that he tries to make his busy life easier by inventing products that can save his time.His latest creation is a machine that allows him to create tasty egg-based dishes in less time.

"I tried to make an omelette maker. It's out there on the market but I tried to make it on my own," Lutz told Australia's Kyle and Jackie O radio show."You have toast that pops and I attach a frying unit where I can cook my eggs also with melted cheese. It doesn't exactly turn out like the ones you can buy but it turns out well."I have a fascination with creating random things. I love making my life easier by tweaking different objects in the kitchen and car. I have a weird invention bug," he added. — ANI

Baby step

Actor Megan Fox is ready to have a baby with husband Brian Austin Green, says a friend. Fox thinks the time is right to start trying for a child now that she and Green are married.

"She's longing to get pregnant and have a child with Brian and they are already building a nursery room at their Hollywood Hills mansion," a source said.

The couple tied the knot in a small ceremony in Hawaii last month at the Four Seasons Resort on the Big Island in the presence of Green's eight-year-old son Kassius from a previous relationship with Vanessa Marcil. — IANS

No holds barred

These used to be one of the buzzing entertainment hubs but after the government clamped down on the homegrown pubs on moral grounds, Mumbai's dance bars now only have an orchestra, discovered actor Nikhil Dwivedi on a recce for his role in Shor. "I have finished shooting for Shor with Tusshar Kapoor. It is a very edgy film with three parallel stories. It is a great concept and a film to watch out for," Nikhil said.

"I went to three or four dance bars to get the feel of the role. It was funny actually as dance bars (in Mumbai) just have an orchestra now and nothing of the sort these bars were famous for," added the actor while not revealing much about his character in the movie.

Produced by Balaji Motion Pictures and directed by Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK, Shor also stars Indian origin Hollywood actor Sendhil Ramamurthy.The film is slated for an August release. — IANS

The juggling act

When Bollywood's Khalaas girl Eesha Koppikhar tied the knot with restaurateur Timmy Narang, she broke many hearts, but eight months down the line the actress says that she has been completely domesticated by her mother-in-law.Eesha has no qualms in admitting that it is indeed her mother-in-law who calls the shots in the Narang household, adding that she is grateful for it as it helps her juggle between being a wife and actor.

"We live in a huge place and really, it would be impossible for me to run things on my own. Being married into a Punjabi family means there is so much that happens in the house 24x7. I am enjoying living a life where I am working in films while also getting totally domesticated. It has been fun for the last 8 months," said the actor.

The statuesque beauty who began her modelling career as a teenager, says that despite living an independent life for years, she is enjoying the process of being a part-time homemaker.

"You have to do start looking into the tiny details when trying to run a home and it's not an easy thing.Thankfully my mom-in-law is guiding me and I am enjoying learning," said the 33-year-old.The actor got married to her long-time boyfriend Timmy in a small traditional Maharashtrian ceremony last year, with just friends and family in attendance.The actor said that she looks at marriage as a learning process and is enjoying a working life on the sets while also enjoying time with her husband and family.

"In fact I remember that during my earlier years of modelling and acting, my mom used to call me at night to inquire about me. I used to get a little irritated and then a close friend of mine told me 'Eesha, you are fortunate that someone is asking about you'. I still remember her words and hence don't mind the fact I am answerable to my mother-in-law," said the actor.

Meanwhile, she has thoroughly enjoyed the last eight months of marital bliss even though there have been a few instances of lovers tiffs."You grow up with each other and are bound to have disagreements," said the actor. — PTI


Young actor Vanessa Hudgens is so worried about losing her looks that she's already started using anti-wrinkle cream at the age of 21.The High School Musical star insists it is harder for females to age gracefully in Hollywood, and she's determined to stay looking youthful by slapping on special lotions. "I'm already starting to use anti-ageing.

You might as well start sooner than later because products are really amazing these days. You might as well start now, put a little lotion on rather than having to get wrinkles. I think it's smart to start soon, really. It's a good beauty tip," she said. "I think women get the pressure more because when men age, it's sexy. They get to have their grey hair. When women age, it's perceived in Hollywood that they need a lift and they need a tuck, and yadda yadda. So, I think the pressure is on women but, at the same time, it depends on who you are," she added. — IANS

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