Child play!
Jasmine Singh

When there is a will, there are ways to teach underprivileged children. Satinder Pal Bajwa is investing his talent and passion for squash to educate poor children

Almost everything comes with an expiry date, unless you have insured yourself with some US-based company, which promises to keep your body preserved for 200 years. Any takers? Not many, we guess! Charity too comes with a limited life span. How long can one go on feeding, looking after, caring for the 'not so self-sufficient' lot without funds flowing in? A meeting with England-born Satinder Pal Bajwa brings us closer to the answer, something that can survive for a long period, without any pills or mummification!

"Talent," blurts out Satinder Pal Bajwa, "This is the only thing that would never rust, if only utilised in the right manner." We catch up with this enthusiastic man at his Khelshala, an NGO running in Attawa, Chandigarh and he is happy to welcome us with open arms. A director of squash at Harvard University from 1999-2010, with his clipped British accent, explains about his work.

It was the thought of giving something back to his native place that brought this aeronautical engineer to India and kickstart Project Khelshala. "I grew up in England, was good at sports like soccer, cricket and squash. I went ahead to do my aeronautical engineering, took voluntary retirement from my work and squash became my passion, the game that I was really good at. In fact, I could apply body mechanics and engineering stuff on this sport," he says.

It goes a little further, "I trained Pakistani squash player Mir Zaman Gul. In the 90s, I was invited to Mumbai, where I worked with Siddharth Suchde, who will now be representing India in the Commonwealth Games. Often during my visit to India, I used to get souvenirs, which I would distribute. Then, I thought of giving something to my country, that I have - talent in the sport. So, came into being Khelshala," adds Satinder.

Eager to talk about something close to his heart, he says, "Khelshala is the place for the kids of Attawa village wherein they can combine the elite, expensive sport with studies." Khelshala takes care of 36 children of Attawa village coming from families having a monthly income of Rs 7,000. Out of the 36, another 14 or 15 children come from the voluntary organisation called Yuvsatta.

"People generally think that sports is no good. I want to tell them that a sport like squash can actually teach us so much in life like discipline and responsibility.” A unique thing about Khelshala is the 'rotation' process. "A batch of children play, after which they go for studies, where a volunteer Simran Mann teaches them English and other subjects. After which they learn music, and do some yoga." He adds, "I know that squash is a very expensive sport, which is why I want to teach these kids who would otherwise never get a chance to learn it. Who knows tomorrow they might represent the country at the international level?"

Satinder is excited about this dream. "At present, Khelshala caters to the children of Attawa. I might adopt a few more villages," he adds. Sustaining a project like this needs money. Khelshala gets aid from individuals, but to make this project work, Satinder is planning to open a squash academy. "I would train people who can pay for the lessons. And the money that I get will be invested in Khelshala."

Joy ride
Ashima Sehajpal

Monsoon Ride 2010 winner Jagmeet Gill feels winning a rally is not just about speed but being at the right place at the right time, literally

You need a lot more than just the adrenaline rush to be able to complete a daring task. Courage may help you begin with it but it can't be accomplished unless you have what Jagmeet Gill, a city-based rally driver, considers imperative. "Passion for adventure has to be paired with the presence of mind. Passion will only encourage you to move ahead on the task but the presence of mind will guide you to overcome every challenge." And, striking the right balance between the two is what helped Jagmeet win Monsoon Ride 2010.

Around 80 participants from all over India took part in the 300-km rally between Jaipur and Alwar. "The winner was decided on the basis of time, distance and speed, which means that a participant has to reach a checkpoint on the scheduled time and drive at a fixed speed. Any deviation in time accounts for an error," informs Jagmeet.

He adds that arriving at the checkpoint even 10 seconds early amounts to a penalty. As against the perception that short distance rallies are difficult to win than those that goes on for days, he says, "In rallies that go on for a few days, one has enough time to make up for any mistake. The rallies that have to be finished in a few hours don't give such leverage. A mistake only adds to the error count."

Also, one has to drive according to the decided speed. Over speeding also adds to the error total. One has to drive at 20 km per hour on a rough terrain and 50 km on the highway. "Such rallies are more about planning the route. You are given a road book and directions have to be followed. As I said, there is no scope for a mistake, one wrong turn can do the damage."

Serving as an assistant professor in one of the private colleges near Chandigrah, this is Jagmeet's fourth win this year. He finished third in the Desert Storm, third in the JK Tyre Autocross and fifth in the Mughal Road rally. "Every time the terrain was different, which added to my experience," he says.

Jagmeet recalls the instance when he was about to take a wrong turn after the organising body suddenly changed the route due to heavy rainfall in the region. "There is so much pressure to keep a check on the distance covered in a particular time slot and given speed that you tend to miss out on a lot of things." But fortunately he didn't owing it to his presence of mind and, of course, the adrenaline rush.

Exotic & healthy
Neha Walia

Another pleasant break from the butter chicken-dal makhani routine comes with the Bristol Hotels and resorts, Zirakpur announcing the Moroccan food carnival at their restaurant and lounge. Bringing the choicest Mediterranean and middle-eastern delights, the menu reads exotic and fresh, with interesting and spicy dips and sauces to complement the palate.

“Morocco is the culinary Mecca of North Africa. With the festival, we are introducing the Moroccan menu to our main course and bar menu. We bring the most desired and popular dishes of the cuisine, with authentic flavour and herbs of the region,” says Sunny Virk, managing director, Bristol hotels and resorts.

The list of delicacies includes some favourites like kibbe, flavoured Pita bread, wraps and dips. The specialities are Batenjan bil Labne (fried aubergine with strained yoghurt, cucumber, mint and spring onion) Kibbe lahme (deep fried lamb and cracked wheat parcels filled onions, walnuts and pomegranate molasses), Jawaneh (char grilled chicken wings with lemon juice, garlic and coriander) and Khumb Mashwi (minced mushroom in jatar on Pita served with Tahina). The bar menu is interesting too with an array of cocktails and mocktails like Lama, Jamila, Zohra and Juhanah (it already sounds tasty).

“People are well travelled now, so most of them know their food. But for those who want to know what they order, we have made the menu self-explanatory to avoid the confusion,” says Virk.

Increasingly popular cuisine in India, Mediterranean and especially Moroccan cuisine has its USP quite similar to Indian culinary traditions. “Moroccan food culture suits Indian palate as their cooking and eating habits are quite similar. Given the fact that it is healthy and nutritious too as a lot ingredients used are chickpea, olive oil, fresh herbs and spices, we are sure it will click with people of all age groups,” shares R S Rawal, CEO, Bristol resorts and hotels. Having already introduced the Egyptian menu, Rawal plans to complete the mystic and exotic Mediterranean cuisine by adding Spanish and Lebanese cuisine too.

Healthy and nutritive doesn’t mean it loses out on the richness. “An array of sauces and dips lend it the rich and creamy flavour too. But the basic ingredients are healthy,” informs Virk.

Well, all we can say is, enjoy!

Best of West
Manpriya Khurana

Gaurav Mahajan. Photo: Vinay Malik

They call it the ‘retail delight’, claim “fashion has just one address”, but this is the 47th to be precise! “We opened in Ludhiana around two years back but Chandigarh eluded us for a long time. Opening the store here is a special moment,” and with this Gaurav Mahajan, COO, proudly introduces brand Westside to the city and vice versa.

He adds, “We were not able to get the right kind of property, finally we are opening in the industrial area, it’s the next commercial hub.” With this, the retail enthusiastic, brand hunting shopping addicts have one more address to browse around. Menswear, womenswear, kidswear, footwear, cosmetics, accessories, fragrances, handbags, home décor, lingerie….assorted in the products are international brands and designer tags. Think Wendell Rodericks, Narendra Kumar, Priyadarshini Rao. As for the international brands, the list comes just as lengthy; Ed Hardy, Vero Moda, Stanza, Chicco, Just Cavalli, Fossil, “Chandigarh is one of the most elite cities in India, with highest per capita income. Our product mix changes according to the cities we go in.”

Currently, it’s 28 cities and 47 outlets and still counting. “We plan to have 80 stores by 2013 and open some more in parts of Punjab in the next two to three years. Amritsar and Jallandhar are definitely next on the agenda.”

While the latest one boasts of a string of USPs. The store has been modelled on design features introduced by Le Corbusier and has features like a green mural and in store detailing all inspired by the architect. “The size of the store itself is its special point, being the largest store in Chandigarh. Then the look and feel of the store is very different, it’s sports an entirely new look. There’s another interesting feature, chocolates by Cocao West, where you can get your own chocolates done.”

They may not have a typical face, the likes of brand ambassador that are more popular than the brand itself. But, “We have an array of activities lined up for this festival season,” Gaurav promises. The impatient ones will have to make do with inaugural discounts the store launch offers and the likes.

All strings attached
SD Sharma

Of all the Indian and Western musical instruments, the violin is endowed with the rare quality of being closer to the human voice, capable of expressing emotions to near perfection,” claims the young violin player and classical vocalist, Ranjan Kumar Srivastava (34) of Gwalior gharana. But he laments that unlike the South there are few specialist teachers or gurus in the northern region for this complex musical instrument and that is why there are less takers. Raised in Bihar, he advanced in playing violin for 12 years in the South before settling in Delhi. “How many aspirants can emulate my passion?” he questions. Rajan is in city for a classical music concert on the invitation of Pracheen Kala Kendra.

Ranjan was born in Bettiah (Bihar) in a music loving family and introduced to music at a tender age by his father, a vocalist of Dhrupad tradition who later trained under T.M. Patnaik in musical skills. Sensing his innate potential for innovative learning style, Patnaik sent him to Chennai under the expert guidance of M.S. Gopalakrishnan. Here, he rejuvenated his violin playing skills in Hindustani Gayaki Ang.

After honours degree in history and masters in music, he is now pursuing his doctorate while teaching classical music to 60 disciples, mostly scholarship holders. An A-grade artiste of AIR, his performances in several prestigious music festivals, solo as well as with other artists (especially with Michael Brady, a New York based violinist) are well recognised. Awards and accolades apart, Ranjan still relishes the fact that ghazal maestro Ghulam Ali lavished adulation on him after his violin recital at Bodh Gaya music festival recently.

Cool apparel

Drawing on the success of previous offerings, Ashapura Apparels have unveiled their latest range of loungewear and sportswear for men, women and kids under their brand name Valentine. With focus on style and comfort, the collection is an array of lightweight and cool fabrics that look chic and comfortable for all weather conditions. Natural fabrics have been used which are thinner, with a softer feeling on the skin and will make you feel cool and comfortable. The collection includes a vibrant range of joggers, pajamas, Bermudas, Capri’s and t-shirts.

Speaking on the occasion, Harshad Thakkar, managing director, Ashapura Apparels Pvt. Ltd. said, “This time we have used pure viscous Lycra as the fabric and the collection signifies noticeable quality over mass-produced garments due to the care, attention to detail, and pride that goes into each individual garment.”

With fresh vibrant colours throughout, this collection from Valentine, is not only celebrating the new season, but also reflecting the new trends and looks. This idea is also carried through to new shapes and patterns in the collection. The collection will be available across major cities in India with a price range starts from Rs 499. — TNS

Love it or hate it!

The Durga Das Foundation is bringing to the city an English play Love on the Brink, an absurdly comic tale of love and the pursuit of happiness. Produced and directed by well-known theatre person and film actor, Lillete Dubey, it is based on a Tony award winning Broadway musical, Luv by Murray Schisgal. It was originally written in the 60s and was a huge success on Broadway and has since been adapted to a thoroughly Indian situation by Sandhya Divecha.

Starring renowned theatre and television personality, Joy Sengupta, it also has actors Kumud Mishra and Shivani Tanksale.

The story line revolves around Bandy, an existentialist intellectual who has sunk low and is ready to jump into the sea but at that precise moment is confronted by ‘Chops’ who is a college mate. As Bandy, in his rags, reveals the depth of his despair, Chops a picture of prosperity, is all sympathy but confesses that he too is frustrated, because his wife won't divorce him so that he can marry the woman he loves. Into this, Chops' wife Amu appears, a beautiful and highly educated woman. A triangle of the absurd ensues, that in the tradition of all great comedy revels in alienation, loss of identity, inability to communicate, self- expression and the meaninglessness of it all.

Sponsored by The Tribune, First City Infratech, City Emporio and HDFC Home Loans, the one hour and forty minutes long play has been scheduled for August 20 at 7 pm at Tagore Theatre. Entry is by invitation only. — TNS


People for Animals, Chandigarh has the perfect companion for anyone who is ready to be loved unconditionally and just forever and ever:

For Adoption

  • Five beautiful mixed Gaddi breed female Pups, two and a half months old, black and white, colours, for adoption.

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Lost & Found

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For any information, contact: PFA-Chandigarh at 0172-2749080, 2749211 or visit us at # 1522, sector 11-D, Chandigarh

Fast forward

Self-discipline, health, feeding the hungry or simply faith — city folks take to fasting for reasons more than one

Fasting is an accepted norm of our socio-religious life. Abstaining from certain foods for certain days is part of almost all major religions. Be it for religious reasons or health, its holds significance in people’s lives. We explore.

Saloni Pande, a student of interior designing in Government Polytecnic-10 is has started keeping Sawan Monday fasts. “My mum has kept them almost always and this Sawan I too joined her,” she says. “I just love going to the temple in the morning along with my friend. It somehow makes the day special.”

Saloni is aware that the food associated with fast is fattening. “Traditionally one eats potatoes and sweet things on this fast which I know is more fattening than regular food, but I don’t mind doing it because it’s faith that rules,” she adds.

For Shabnam Sharma, a teacher from Sector 8 Panchkula, it’s again a matter of faith. “I have been observing Sawan Monday fasts for almost two decades now. More than anything it makes me feel good,” she smiles. Shabnam keeps her food light on fast days. “Apart from faith, it helps to detox the system once a week,” she adds.

RN Khan and his wife Tasleen have been keeping roza every Ramzan for years now. “Roza is an essential part of our belief,” shares Khan. “Not only it means abstinence from food but also bad deeds. One isn’t supposed to lie or talk bad behind one’s back,” says Khan. Another thing that Khan loves about rozas is Iftar. “Usually through the Ramazan one invites or gets invited over for Iftar. Not only it’s considered religious but it’s great way to meet friends as well. Sometimes one sends food across to the mosque for others as well,” he adds.

For Cathy Aranha, a teacher from Sector 68, Mohali 46 days Lent period just before Easter is a mark of faith as well as time to instil values of caring and sharing in her children. “During the Lent, we go for simple food and that too just once a day. We share whatever we have with the underprivileged,” shares Cathy. So she along with her children visits hospitals, destitute homes and various charitable institutions to share food and provisions. What is remarkable is that even her kids share major portion of their pocket money with the underprivileged.

Ancient wisdom of Ayurveda underlies the value of fasting as well. “Fasting is mentioned as langhan aahar (light food),” says Dr Dhani Ram Acharya, additional director (retired), Ayurveda, Himachal Pradesh. “It is recommended to those who are obese or have weak digestive systems,” he elaborates.

Madhu Sharma provides another interesting viewpoint. “Within the Indian system, observing fast can be a double-edged sword,” says Sharma, dietician with PGI. “Fasting is not total and the food associated with fasts are usually rich in carbohydrates and sugar,” she says. “If one goes with health point of view, it is better to exchange one meal with fruit than skipping food for the whole day,” she avers.

Off the mark
Memories can't always be trusted

Memories can't be trusted and become contaminated when people discuss their recollections of an event with others, according to a new study, which may have legal implications regarding reliability of witness accounts.

Researchers at Sydney University have carried out the study and found sharing memories could contaminate people's recollections and create false memories. Lead researcher Helen Paterson said: "A false memory is the recollection of an event, or details of an event, that did not actually occur. The research focuses on how people can contaminate each other's memories for an event by discussing it with one another." According to the researchers, a key finding of the study was that misleading information presented through discussion with another person who observed the event can also lead to memory distortion.

"That is, witnesses who discuss an event with a co- witness are likely to incorporate misinformation presented by the co-witness into their own memory for the event. Once their memory has been contaminated in this way, the witness is often unable to distinguish between accurate and inaccurate memories.

"Critically, our research has shown that co-witness discussion is an especially potent delivery mechanism for misinformation; information provided during discussions with a co-witness is more likely to be incorporated into witness's memory than information encountered through leading questions, inaccurate media reports," she said. — PTI

Beauty is beastly

Attractive women are overlooked for jobs that are considered ‘masculine’

Researchers have found that women feel discriminated against when they apply for jobs like finance director, engineer or construction supervisor that are male dominated. Women face issues while applying for jobs perceived as ‘masculine’ such as research and development manager, finance director, engineer or construction supervisor. A study by the University of Colorado, Denver business school found that if a woman is attractive, it is seen as a disadvantage for such job profiles.

Assistant professor Stefanie Johnson said it's known as the ‘beauty is beastly’ effect.

Study participants were given a list of jobs and photos of applicants and told to sort them according to suitability for the job.

Attractive women were overlooked for jobs that the participants considered masculine and instead tended to be sorted into positions such as receptionist or secretary. “Attractive people still enjoy a significant edge in other jobs earning higher salaries and better work evaluations,” said Johnson. — IANS

Renee writes
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Have patience

I am a 26-year-old married woman with a three-year-old son. My marriage could not be as I dreamt. My husband does not want to have anything to do with me ever since we got married. He is under the influence of his parents, particularly his mother. Presently I am working as a private secretary in a multinational company in Baddi. For last few months I am having an affair with my boss who is very attractive. He takes care of my demands as a husband does. My husband failed me miserably. He doesn’t even love our son. I can’t leave my boss. What should I do?

Poonam, Chandigarh

Well, I haven’t come across a single marriage or even otherwise any relationship which you can call perfect. It is rather unfortunate that your husband is the way he is. Having an affair is all right as a distraction but is definitely not a permanent solution. You can check with your boss if he is looking for a more permanent relationship or is it just one of those office affairs and another passing fancy. Try finding out and plan accordingly. May be if you have some patience with your husband it could work. Once he is happy with himself probably he could make you happy too.

Share more

My wife and I are creatures of two different kinds. I studied in the US for 10 years and came back to India to get married and settle down. I thought that by having an Indian wife, I would make my parents happy and have children who would grow up with Indian cultural values. My wife fulfils all these criteria but then we seem to share nothing in common. Emotionally, I have started living completely on the edge. I feel very lonely and dissatisfied with my life. My parents and kids are quite happy with her but I am not.

Arun Shukla, Panchkula

The dilemma of most NRIs has hit you. The gap between two cultures is huge and cannot be filled very easily. Environmental conditioning is an important aspect of human existence. But then you must also remember that the humans are very adaptable. In your case you have always managed to get what you want and yet you are not happy. Isn’t that typical? Try and work on your relationship with your wife. Explain to her your emotional needs. May be she is also waiting for you to reach out to her. If she has managed to fit into the other avenues of your life, I am sure with a little effort from your part this too will get taken care of.

All is well

I am a 23-year- old girl brought up by parents who never ever got along with each other. No matter how hard I tried to win their favour they were never happy with my performance whether it was academics or other walks of life. Even now that I am working I am told that the neighbour’s daughter has a better job than me. Why am I still looking for my parents’ approval? In anything I do now I feel I am not good enough as my mother always told me that I was never good enough at anything. Although as an adult now I realise I must get out of this negative pattern and move on with life, I still feel caught in a web of emotions. Please help me.

Karuna Mehta, Karnal

You have to remember that there is a small child within all of us, no matter how old we are. That constantly needs nurturing. So please do not feel guilty or upset about your emotional upheavals. If the little girl inside you needs some nurturing please do not feel ashamed or embarrassed about it. Learn to accept your own inner feelings and it will enhance your process of growth in a great way. Whatever happened in your childhood is an old story. Since you are aware of it, it should be easier for you to deal with it. Don’t let your parents’ attitude bog you down. We are never competing with any body only with our own selves. It is up to us to make ourselves better. Acceptability, which is a major problem with most of us, again, has to be changed into self-acceptance. Once that happens all other issues get sorted.

A different daughter

Relationship: Daughter in law – father in law

Time together: 4 years

Same to same: We both are disciplined, value time, are fond of eating and love watching comedy movies and serials. 

Yet different: I subscribe to 12 newspapers and numerous magazines and want her to read. She does not have much interest in news. Professionally, being an astrologer and author, I watch all the programmes on astrology, Pooja has no interest in the subject. She is totally devoted to Jainism while I sparingly go to religious places but have read all major religions deeply. — Madan

Unforgettable moments: I had just arrived in the in-law’s home and I lost my mother-in-law due to a sudden illness. The entire responsibility of the household fell on me but I really appreciate how every member extended cooperation. — Pooja

It was life’s biggest a shock when Manju left me all of a sudden due to septicaemia (pneumonia). Pooja took over the situation very efficiently and managed all the affairs boldly and continued her studies simultaneously. — Madan

Something Special

He belies his age. He starts his routine at about four in the morning and continues working till 11 at night. — Pooja

Pooja cares and looks after me more than my daughter. She shoulders all my worries and responsibilities. — Madan

Wishful thinking:

I wish him a long and healthy life. — Pooja

I wish her success in everything in life. — Madan

(Madan Gupta Spatu is an author and astrologer, Pooja is doing masters in education)

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Mission girl child

Bollywood actor Priyanka Chopra, who was today appointed UNICEF ambassador, says she will be working for the cause of girl education in the country."I have always been conscious of my social responsibility. I love what I do and I don't take up anything until I strongly feel about it.

Working for children means a lot to me because when I visited the girls in slums it educated me a lot," Priyanka said."These girls are raising children when they are themselves kids. They are uneducated, malnourished and have no health awareness. Just to be able to give the girl basic education is what I will be working for as a UNICEF ambassador," the Fashion star said. The actor who recently launched her own website and is quite active on Twitter and Facebook, admits that she will use these portals as tools to create awareness among people.

"Twitter and my website are going to be prominent parts of spreading the message. We are a youth driven country and we need a push. I have huge number of people following me and I have a lot to say. They might not believe in me but at least they will listen to me," said Priyanka Priyanka believes that instead of acting cynical about the present state of child rights in the country, one has to start from somewhere."It's difficult with such a big population but we need to be sensitised. It starts at home with your maid and her children," she said. The 28-year-old joins industry veterans like Sharmila Tagore and Amitabh Bachchan, who also represent UNICEF. "Priyanka Chopra is for UNICEF a symbol of the youth. She will be working mainly on public service announcements for children, which she has already done and was very happy with it. She will do field visits against child marriage and work on on maternal health for adolescents," said, Karen Hulshof, UNICEF representative. — PTI

Angry not-so-young man!

Salman KhanSalman Khan is angry and this time it has nothing to do with Vivek Oberoi. The Bollywood superstar, famous for being politically incorrect, is irked by the current state of affairs in the country. The 44-year-old star, who plays a corrupt cop in Abhinav Singh Kashyap's upcoming film Dabanng expressed his displeasure on the micro-blogging website Twitter."Whts India? Nation whr Pizza rchs home Faster thn Ambulance & Police...Whr u get Car Loan @ 5 percent bt Edu Loan @12 percent(sic!). Whr Rice is Rs 40 bt Sim card is free...Whr ppl worship Goddess Durga bt wnt to kill their girl child," Salman wrote in a post."Olympic shooter wins gold, govt gives 3crore. Another shooter dies fighting with terrorist, govt pays 1 lakh. Really, Incredible India," he added. However, the actor later clarified that the views expressed are messages he has recived which he forwarded through tweets."The earlier twts r sms thtve been floating arnd. I thot I shud shar it wit u guys!(sic)'," Salman wrote on his page. — PTI

Act of charity

John AbrahamBollywood heartthrob John Abraham was so moved with the story of his upcoming film Aashayein that he decided do the film for free. The long-delayed is finally hitting the screens on August 27, but the actor believes that it will touch a chord with the audience.

Aashayein apparently moved the actor so much that he decided to do it for free. Same is the case with movie's director Nagesh Kukunoor.

"John and Nagesh felt this movie is beyond economics. This film, according to them is about something much deeper. The film for them is about hope. The story was such that they wanted to tell the story to the audiences," said a source close to actor.

"The story is very positive and John and Nagesh were very confident about it. Even when it got delayed they stayed confident and never lost hope. Everyone was pleasantly surprised to know of this sweet and considerate gesture of both of them. They feel it's completely worth it," the source added.

Aashayein is a story of a compulsive gambler, Rahul Singh, played by John who discovers new meanings of fortune and life through a dramatic turn of events. — PTI

Love hurts

Jennifer Aniston Hollywood star Jennifer Aniston has won a three year restraining order against a stalker who travelled across the US to marry her.

The Los Angeles Superior Court ruled Jason Peyton, 24, to stay 100 yards away from the 41-year-old actor for the next three years and refrain from attempting to contact her.

He must also stay away from any of her employees, agents, managers and places of residence or business.

Legal documentation revealed the man had driven across the US last month in a bid to marry Aniston, who he believed was his girlfriend.

He also wrote a message to the Friends actor on the side of his car, and was caught with "a sharp object", duct tape and love letters to her.

Police detained Peyton on July 20 after a tip-off from his father and he remains in psychiatric hold, although he has not been charged in connection to the incident. A policeman at the court hearing, which neither Aniston nor Peyton attended, claimed he had told him he wanted to marry the actor and father her children.

Aniston was awarded a temporary restraining order against him after his arrest last month. — PTI

Learning to love

Drew BarrymoreHollywood actress Drew Barrymore admits she is still in the process of learning about love and is trying to be less stubborn in relationships.

The Charlie's Angels star, who refuses to confirm if she is still in a relationship with actor Justin Long, has had sudden changes in her personal life and now wants to alter her approach to romance, reported Contactmusic. "Love? I'm not an affectionado on the subject right now. Some of the things I thought were a certain way have revealed themselves to be quite different, so I feel very awake and open-hearted and open-minded," the 35-year-old actress said. "I'd like to approach certain things differently. I feel like I'm learning a lot right now. I'm not the teacher I'm the student - I want to try new things," she added. — PTI

Anu forever

Juhi ChawlaEven five years after working with Juhi Chawla in My Brother... Nikhil, filmmaker Onir still calls her by her character's name Anu in the critically acclaimed film."Just met Juhi Chawla. Always so warm and concerned. She is just lovely. Growing beautiful with each day. She is still saved as Anu on my phone. Anu was Juhi's name in My Brother... Nikhil," Onir posted on micro-blogging site Twitter.

In the film, Juhi played a sensitive sister to a boy named Nikhil (played by Sanjay Suri), who suffers from HIV-AIDS and is isolated by his parents and the society. — IANS

Strength of ‘g’

Considering how superstitious many Bollywood stars have become, it seemed Arbaaz Khan had his first production Dabangg spelt with double 'g'. But he explains otherwise."Dabangg means fearless. We had earlier spelt it as Dabang but many people were reading it Da-Bang. There may be an astrological reason for all you know, but the actual reason is to cause a resonance and stress on 'g' so that the word is pronounced correctly," Arbaaz said. Dabangg features Arbaaz's elder brother Salman and debutant Sonakshi Sinha. It has been directed by first-timer Abhinav Kashyap. — IANS

Itching for action

Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johar is itching to go behind the camera once again.

"The director in me is restless and wants to break free... can't wait to be back on set and yell 'Action'... my job is truly my best friend," Johar posted on his Twitter page.

His last directorial venture was My Name Is Khan starring Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol. — IANS

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