Music to the ear
Fusion music has evolved a lot in the last decade. Musicians have now started mixing electronica with other genres
Ashima Sehajpal
(L-R) DJ Bonnie, Vishesh ( percussionist) and emcee Bawa
(L-R) DJ Bonnie, Vishesh ( percussionist) and emcee Bawa

The end has always been more important than the means. And it continues to be when electronica music is paired with Rajasthani folk or when there is a jugalbandhi between a rock band and Sufi singers. What eventually matters is the music that’s pleasant to the ear, irrespective of experimentation with the forms.

It all began with Leslie Lewis and Hariharan’s debut fusion album, The Way We Do It, in 1996 and gradually fusion, the nouveau genre, became a part of the music scenario in India. A recent addition to fusion music has been in the form of electronica music, mixed with other forms like Sufi or folk. “Fusion was a kind of a revolution where music forms didn’t belong to any country, but only music lovers. Fusion made music move out of concerts to public places like restaurants and malls,” says emcee Bawa, who mixes electronica music and does rap with beats of tabla and dhol played by Vishesh, a percussionist, while DJ Bonnie contributes from the console. Mixing music with percussions is already a hit in cities like Delhi and Mumbai. “In Chandigarh, it was just a matter time. We got instant response from people when we brought it here.”

Jugalbandi — the term now incorporates more than playing two instruments from the East and the West in tandem at a particular time. “It’s a more flexible term now, which means playing any two different forms of music that’s appreciated by people.” Experimenting with music has become simpler with the help of various softwares available online. “For example, if we want to play ‘darbuka’, a musical instrument from the middle-east with electronica music, we first try and test it using software. These provide different notes and sounds of ‘darbuka’. Only after the music produced is melodious, do we go ahead with the live performances.”

Fusion in any form is welcome as long as it’s tastefully done. Hari, a city based electronica musician, is also for the fusion of music at jam sessions. “The end product should be the kind of music that people would love to listen,” says Hari. He plays music at different lounges and on various events in the city with Sukhmani Malik, who sings Punjabi folk numbers. “It was quite a challenge to play electronica in a way that it complements Punjabi folk songs. The fusion has to be ethical rather than experimental, which is only possible if you have complete knowledge of musical instruments,” adds Sukhmani. Hari and Sukhmani went a step ahead when they performed live with Rajasthani folk singers. “Electronica music has constant beats per minute (BPM) whereas the BPM of any live music form can fluctuate. In this case, it wasn’t that simple to make Rajasthani folk singers sing in tandem with electronica music.”

Fusion in a way has also helped popularise different music forms. Zorawat Wadali, who sings Sufi on the beats of electronica music, says fusion will take Sufi music to people of the Western world. “But there’s a risk involved as well. If anything goes wrong, we might end up offending people from both worlds who follow Sufi and electronica music. Fusion music is thus far more challenging.” Two music forms are mutually benefited if the quality is retained. As DJ Sameer of Chakra:Vu says, “Everytime we come up with a fusion concept, we ensure that something new is offered to the audience, which means we mix and match notes form both forms of music. Fusion is not just playing two music forms at a time, it is to invent music that, if possible, is more melodious than the original.” And invention has never been easy!

ACT wise

This 24-year-old is basking in the appreciation he has received for his debut Punjabi flick Simran, which is based on the theme of female foeticide.

For Mohit Bhardwaj, a city lad with a number of ramp shows and a year of exposure in Tinsel town Mumbai, modelling and acting happened by chance.

“I casually applied for Mr Chandigarh contest organised by Western Star Group in 2006 along with my friend. By the grace of God and blessings of my parents, I won it and landed in this field,” shares Mohit, who has to his credit Upcoming Male Model Award North 2004, Mr Mega Model Chandigarh in 2007. He was part of Gladrags Manhunt and Mega Model Contest in 2008 as well. A graduate from DAV College-10, Mohit was eyeing Civil Services before he turned to modelling. “And luckily my family was all support,” says this guy who belongs to a family of policemen. Presently, juggling between his business and studies (he’s doing law), Mohit wants to carve a niche for himself in the field of acting.

Simran, released last month, deals with the issue of female foeticide. “This is one issue close to my heart and I am glad I am part of the project,” he shares. A follower of romantic comedies, his favourite being Andaz Apna Apna, Mohit is open to offers from different genres. “Though I love romcoms, ‘Gangajal’ is my favourite flick,” says Mohit who is also an avid cricketer. “I have played county cricket for England, and just like every Indian I also follow the game religiously,” he says.

Based in Mohali, Mohit considers Chandigarh as the place to be in if one is eyeing a career in Punjabi cinema. “In this industry, networking is most important. For a career in Bollywood, one needs to move to Mumbai,” he says. — Mona

A cultural ambassador
In the city for a slide lecture show, acclaimed artist Sakti Burman shares how he is a ‘product of two cultures’
Nonika Singh

Clash of civilizations? Another world, another time - in the artscape of acclaimed artist Sakti Burman, two distinct cultures coexist sans tension or conflict, in complete harmony.

In the city for a slide lecture show at the invitation of Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi, the artist, based in Paris, who has no hesitation in calling himself “a product of two cultures”, muses, “If you keep your heart and eyes open and are ready to accept, other cultures do not remain alien but become your own.” Not surprising then, in his canvas Lord Krishna’s image is juxtaposed with that of Jesus Christ. Hanuman, Kaali and foreigners share artistic space at the same time. In France’s tourist places he puts an Indian playing harmonium.

Real vs unreal — that is the beauty of his imagery! Flesh and blood people — his daughter, grandson, friends and often the artist himself - all of which whose sketches he prepares with vigour and power, jostle with imaginary elements. Images of Gods and Goddesses, however, he doesn’t think are unreal. For though he is not an overtly religious person, he quips, “These are iconic figures that we all have grown up with.”

Today his sensibility is unmistakably inspired by his roots — few can even see elements of miniature art in the way he has captured animals in his works. However, back in time he was more impressed by European masters. After graduating from the Government College of Arts and Crafts, Kolkata, Burman was determined to study arts in Paris. So enamoured was he by artists like Van Gogh and Paul Gaugin that there seemed no other option but to enrol at Ecole Nationale Superieure de Beaux Arts, Paris. For years he remained in great awe of artists like Pierre Bonnard and Henri Matisee.

India beckoned much later. When he along with his French wife Maite Delteil toured the length and breadth of India the real discovery of his native land opened a whole new world he was oblivious to. He says, “With that one single trip I think my imagery changed considerably.” Floodgates of memories - of growing up in what is today Bangladesh, Durga puja festivities, sisters and cousins decorating the courtyard - too have washed all over him. Memories have been a potent weapon in sustaining his creative journey.

“Small things of life,” he feels, “change one’s artistic sensibility though one may not realise it at that point of time.” For instance, in college days the offhand remark of an eccentric professor - this is a pyramidical composition - may not have meant much. But today in his works a pyramid structure (not literally but metaphorically) can easily be discerned. Similarly, the play of colours taught by Gopal Ghosh has remained with him. In Italy as he was struck by the beauty of frescoes and wanted to replicate the similar effect, he stumbled upon his own technique of mixing acrylics with oils.

Today with new winds of change blowing across, more so with the intervention of technology in art, the man who has mastered the painstaking and aesthetically pleasing textured technique wonders aloud, “In future you may not find artists like me who can paint. Perhaps machines will paint then.”

Jokes apart, art and artists, he feels, have come a long way from times when a vocation in arts was considered a ticket to gloom and doom, when artists had to go around seeking buyers. Any wonder he remembers Chandigarh’s former Chief Commissioner MS Randhawa who bought his work for the museum way back in the sixties with fondness. Today as galleries all over the world are seeking Burman’s works, he has to often buy his own work of particular series from art auctions. He chuckles, “Of course, at a much higher price than I sold.” So where does he go from having made it. “Oh, there is no end. An artist is always seeking.” Only his quest takes him to different worlds, of hope and optimism, reality and dreams. Even in times of violence (some of his paintings do refer to it) he finds love and paints it. A fulfilled life… regret or rancour has no place in it.


Fair & square
Actor-director Rohit Roy, in the city for the opening of a salon, says everything is fair in love, war…and elections
Ashima Sehajpal

Everything is fair in love, war and…actor Rohit Roy fills in the blank…elections. Graft, gifts, betrayal, backstabbing, nothing should be categorised as unlawful there!

Just a reminder, Rohit hosted the first season of Desi Girls, a reality show won by Roshini Chopra. Her competitors, Kashmira Shah and Ishitta Arun alleged that Roshini bagged maximum votes from the villager because she bribed them with liquor and money. Rohit’s take on the controversy is, “I know Roshini personally and I don’t think she will ever stoop to this level. But if she did, it’s okay because everything’s fair in love, war and elections.”

All set to co-host the second season of the show, Rohit himself would never be part of a reality show as a contestant. “I don’t approve of this form of entertainment. Foul language, abuses or unacceptable behaviour shouldn’t make for the content of TV at any cost,” says Rohit, who was in the city on Saturday to launch a salon in Sector 36. But he isn’t against all reality shows; even the ones based on relationships like Ma Exchange or Swayamver are fine with him. “Indian society is all about relationships. We make movies on relationships, so why not reality shows also?” he questions.

Rohit is also busy finalising the cast of his second directorial venture, So Keen, which is an adaptation of Ashok Kumar-starrer 1983 classic hit Shaukeen. “On my wishlist are Amitabh Bachchan, Boman Irani and Danny Denzongpa. It’s a film about three old men who realise that they hadn’t enjoyed life and so they get back to their college.”

The fact that ‘re-creation’ of the movie will be compared with the original doesn’t bother him. “It’s important to understand that there are a few fixed subjects like comedy, romance, action, family feuds etc, on which films are based. The subjects remain constant, but what varies is the manner in which you narrate the same stories. So, comparisons, no matter what, will be drawn.”

Although he loves acting, directing films is his first love. “TV is like Ranji Trophy matches and films are like test matches. I always wanted to direct films. Acting happened by accident.” And it’s a matter of chance that he’s also doing a Bengali flick. “I was offered a couple of Punjabi films last year, but due to a busy schedule I couldn’t accept them. Doing a Punjabi film will be easier than a Bengali film.”

And he also shared his style tips. “I am fashion conscious but I am not a victim. I follow a trend only if it makes me feel comfortable.” As for his most stylish avatar on TV, he says, “Phattu of Shoot out at Lokhandwala.” That’s for sure!

No regrets

Her daring act in Murder made her a star but Bollywood bombshell Mallika Sherawat says that she is 'OK' about being replaced in the sequel.

"I have no regrets about not doing Murder 2. I am perfectly OK with whatever decision has been taken," said Mallika, who was once keen on being in the sequel.

Mallika has been replaced by Jacqueline Fernandes as the female lead of Murder 2.

The actor also said that she was not perturbed by the failure of her recent release, Hisss, at the box office.

"Hisss appealed to young audience. It was meant for the youth...But it is OK. I have Dhamaal 2 coming, and two more films that will be announced soon," Mallika says.

The actor is now making her debut on TV with the dance reality show, Chak Dhoom Dhoom.

About the pressure on the contestants in such shows, especially the children, Mallika said, "There is a lot of pressure on kids and so they do dangerous stunts to get attention. I discourage them from doing stunts as it is risky."

Asked if she feels the pressure of the competition as an actor, Mallika said, "I take competition as a healthy thing as it keeps you on your toes. Otherwise actors are lazy, so there is a need for some blow, or a jerk...a flop film or TRP going down. It is good in a way as one wakes up and gears up." — PTI

No strings attached

Bollywood star Sonam Kapoor, who had an entire nation dancing to the tune of Masakali, has donated 'kind kites', those that have regulation strings, to students at Arya Vidya Mandir School.

Kapoor, who formerly attended the school, also sent a letter on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India imploring the school's principal, Mitali Rudra, to encourage the children never to use cruel and deadly glass-coated manja (string).

In the letter, Kapoor points out that thousands of birds - as well as many people, including children - have been injured and killed by glass-coated manja.

"The kites send a positive message to children, encouraging them to prevent the suffering of birds by using only string which has not been coated with glass," says Kapoor.

"I would also like to relay this message to all your students: study hard, be goal-oriented and be compassionate.

You can start by showing compassion and not using glass-coated string."

In March 2010, Kapoor had sent another letter on behalf of PETA India to Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil, asking him to ban glass-coated 'manja' across the state after Mumbai police had banned it within the city.

The manja used in kite-flying competitions is often gummed and coated with powdered and finely crushed glass, making it lethal for pigeons, crows, kites, owls and other birds who become entangled after the strings get caught in trees or on poles, a PETA release said. — PTI

Who let the DOG out?

Samantha Ronson
Samantha Ronson

When Samantha Ronson moved in to her Venice Beach home, it was seen as an attempt to get close to her ex-girlfriend and now neighbour Lindsay Lohan.

But the DJ had moved because her dog has been banned from West Hollywood for mauling another dog to death.

Ronson quit her former residence after being ordered to have the English bulldog, Cadillac, outside of the district.

This means if the dog is caught in the streets, parks or any public place, whether on a lead or not, he will be taken away and 'humanely destroyed'.

The 33-year-old immediately packed and moved as she was afraid that her pet may be put down.

In the district of Venice, Cadillac is free to live as long as Ronson buys a USD 20 licence and keeps up with his paperwork and shots.

After the attack on the Maltese named Tiger, Ronson apologised to its owner, her former neighbour.

The owner of the attacked dog, Farnouche Kamran brought a US $750,000 lawsuit against Ronson for negligence, emotional distress, assault and battery, saying she was injured mentally and physically in the attack. —PTI

Animated talk
Gurinder Chadha teams up with Rahman

A.R. Rahman
A.R. Rahman

Britain-based Indian filmmaker Gurinder Chadha will now make a Bollywood-style animated musical about monkeys and has roped in Oscar-winning composer AR Rahman to score music for the movie.

Titled Monkeys of Bollywood, the film based in Mumbai revolves around two monkeys who try to stop an ancient demon from conquering the world. The movie is said to be inspired by Indian epic Ramayana.

Chadha and her husband Paul Berges will produce the DreamWorks project.

"Excited about entering the world of Dreamworks animation...!(sic)," Rahman posted on his Twitter.

Broadway lyricist Stephen Schwartz is also attached to it.

"As soon as I heard that DreamWorks Animation envisioned making an animated Bollywood movie, I knew I wanted to be a part of it. The fact that A.R. Rahman got involved made it an even more exciting project," says Schwartz. — IANS

Baby sitter

Hollywood heartthrob Johnny Depp recently had a memorable run-in with Jacques, the pet bulldog of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.

The A-list couple wanted the Pirates of the Caribbean star to watch their pet pooch while they enjoyed a romantic night-out but Jacques did not take kindly to his minder.

"Foolishly I was persuaded to look after Jacques for a night. He's a huge bulldog. At first I had a terrible feeling, because Jacques smelt horrible," said the 47-year-old actor.

"But then I told myself, 'Come on, you will survive one night'. Everything was cool until I sat down on the bed to take my shoes off. Jacques pounced on me from behind and kept jumping around on me. I shouted for help and luckily someone came to take that beast off me," said the actor.

The dog had moved to Venice for the summer along with Pitt, Jolie and their six children while she was shooting The Tourist with Depp. — PTI

Pick of the week
Johnson Thomas

Two films releases this week. Yamla Pagla Deewana the much awaited Deols family excursion offering on celluloid and Prakash Jha productions latest Turning 30, starring Gul Panag. Of the two Yamla Pagla Deewana provides the most bite for your buck.

Real fun

Yamla Pagla Deewana may not be the best but it certainly makes the grade as a lusty entertainer. The Deol family shows off their best in this comedic extravaganza directed by Bobby Deol favourite Samir Karnik. Sunny plays the hulking Sardar Paramvir Singh Dhillon residing in Vancouver, Canada with his mom (Nafisa Ali), a mem wife and two sons.

One fine day he learns from a friend about his long lost father (Dharmendra) and brother Gajodar (Bobby) preying on tourists in the holy city. Pronto, he decides to go to India in the hope of bringing together his estranged family. But his attempts thereof only create more confusion and allows the film it's springboard for copious humor. Once the Deol family comes together on screen, the fireworks start building up and the fun gets a rise. The plot is flimsy but unabashedly self-mocking. Karnik's narrative employs all the deviousness at its disposal to bring on the laughs and succeeds upto a point. Jaswinder Singh Bath's writing is spoofy and toungue-in-cheek and the visuals are put together quite engagingly. If the film was only about rejoining an estranged family it would have worked much better. Gajodhar's romantic track is what pulls the film down quite a bit. The romantic portions are pretty boring and listless.

His romance with Sahibaan (Kulraj Randhawa) appears to be forced and just a little too quick and convenient for comfort. It's only when her five posessive hot headed brothers (Anupam Kher, Mukul Dev, Himanshu Mallik et al) and cousin Poli (Sucheta Khanna) come into the picture that the momentum picks up again and the jokes begin to flow quite freely. The action is also pretty toonish. Sunny's WWFesque act looks apt in a narrative that doesn't hesitate to poke fun at its lead stars' personas and their career making films. The three Deols put on an endearing show of skill and strength. Their performances appear fluid and hit the mark and the on-screen chemistry between the three is simply amazing. Even when Bobby a.k.a Gajodhar tells his father Dharam tu toh bahut bada Kameena hai you are more surprised at the sense of playfulness that exists between the two rather than annoyed at the implied disrespectfulness. Frankly that was the defining moment of the film. It's pretty evident from every frame that the three were having a lot of fun together. And that percolates down to the audience too.

The performances of the rest of the cast are also quite note-worthy. Nafisa Ali is aptly cast as Dharmendra's estranged wife. As Sahibaan, Kulraj Randhawa shows off her confidence to good effect while Anupam Kher, Himanshu Mallik and Mukul Dev put on a great act too. Sucheta Khanna as Poli, the sardarni cousin who dreams of marrying an N.R.I from 'Caneda' is outrageously funny. Together they all form a potent team and in a tighter film, would definitely have brought the house down.

As it is, with a runtime that is near about three hours the narrative appears to be a bit long in the tooth and the sense of fun that was so endearing for most of the runtime begins to feel laboured. The climax is also quite disappointingly clichéd. But the positives sure do outweigh the negatives here and Yamla Pagla Deewana is definitely the film to see this week!

Turning 30. Who cares?

Hollywood has done this theme to death and it's now Bollywood's turn. If debut making director Alankrita Shrivastava, Prakash Jha's protégé, hopes her film about age-driven paranoia will click in a country with far more important things to worry about, then she is fooling herself. This film caters to a specific demographic and probably was born out of marketing survey. The main characters in this film appear self-obsessed and paranoid. Naina (Gul Panag), who is touching 30 and engaged to be married gets dumped by her beau (Siddharth Makkar) for a younger and more suitable girl. Now Naina assumes the Hollywood stereotype- career woman, unappreciated at work and obsessing about being unmarried. And she's not the only obsessive one. Everyone she meets has an opinion about her advanced age and proffers advice at the drop of a hat. With the support of friends she finds a new beau (Purab Kohli) and love strikes again. Naina is forced to re-examine her priorities and reinvent herself!

A small budget film with small stars and an even smaller idea, is this going to be the key to profit-making in Bollywood? Not if the film is as patchy and unrewarding as this one. The film is mostly in English, Hindi dialogues are kept to a minimum. The performances are listless, the subject matter just as ridiculous. Alankrita Shrivastava goes hammer and tongs at the issue and makes it so boring and unsatisfying that it's not funny. The tone is hysterical and the narrative goes into overdrive overstressing on a one-point agenda-turning 30! Really who cares?

Surety of purity
Silk Mark Expo 2011 brings all its four varieties, Mulberry, Tassar, Muga and Eri from as many as 15 states, to the city

Silk is stronger and lighter than steel, that's why it's used in making parachutes," says SL Jain, assistant director, Silk Mark Organisation of India.

In the city to open Silk Mark Expo, which brings the fabric of the rich in all its four varieties - Mulberry, Tassar, Muga and Eri - from as many as 15 states at Kisan Bhavan-35, Jain shares many facts and figures about this mystical fabric.

India, undoubtedly, is the largest consumer of the silk, comes second only to China (who else) in producing this natural fabric. "Our advantage is that we produce all four varieties, while China produces only two - Mulberry and Tassar," shares SL Jain from.

Sericulture is next only to agriculture in our country. And it has 60 per cent of its workforce as women who are involved in reeling, weaving and spinning silk. "It's made by the poor for the rich strata of the society and directs income flow from the rich to the poor," says Jain.

We all love silk, but Jain warns against spurious fabric being sold in the name of silk, "Silk is a natural fabric just like cotton and jute. Our exhibition, an initiative by the ministry of textile, has products marked with Silk Mark, that guarantees purity."

A yearly affair, Silk Expo garnered a rousing response last year. "Chandigarh, the city of elite, that it is, is also a city of silk lovers," says Jain.

At the expo, there are as many as 60 weavers from across India, from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, with the best of their ware.

On till January 19

Bonanza for theatre buffs
SD Sharma

Members of the Theatre for Theatre group
Members of the Theatre for Theatre group 

There has been a burst of theatre activities in the city and as many as 13 festivals were held last year. Keeping up the good work, The Theatre for Theatre Academy (TFT) is holding the sixth 'TFT Winter National Theatre Festival-2011' from January 17 to 23 at the Tagore theatre. TFT chairman Madan Gupta Sapatu and director Sudesh Sharma inform that the seven-day bonanza will feature seven plays by drama ensembles of national eminence.

January 17: A play titled Triyatra would be enacted by Curio Performing Art Society, Jaipur. Triyatra is an experimental play that narrates three stories that highlight the emotions, behaviour and sentiments of a common man in different milieus. Priya Darshani and Gagan Mishra have directed the play.

January 18: A play Loha Kut by Theatre for Theatre, Chandigarh, would be held. A classic by Balwant Gargi, this Punjabi play shows the dilemma of women subjugated to a secondary status in a male-dominated society. Directed by Sudesh Sharma, the play depicts the resurrection and revolt of women against age-old traditions

January 19: Ghar Wapasi ke Geet, a play by Alternate Living, Kolkata, would be staged. The play, conceived, scripted and directed by Probir Guha highlights the pains and pangs of Partition.

January 20: A play titled Tamra Patra by Nirman Kala Manch, Bhopal, would be staged. Written by Devashish Majumdar, the play brings into focus political, social and economic aspects of the freedom struggle and contemporary, corrupt, political system.

January 21: A play titled Bada Natakiya Kaun by Nirman Kala Manch, Patna, would be held. The comedy depicts the otherwise serious issue of 'land grab' by mafia operating in some states. Sanjay Upadhya has directed the play, which has been written by Avinash Chander Mishra.

January 22: A play Gair Zaruri Log by Amateur Theatre Group, Jammu, would be held. Underling the politics of boundaries and deliberately ignored segment of society, the play presents the profile of our times in Shahid Anwar's story. Mushtaq Kak has directed the play.

January 23: A play Patrian by Sambhav Group, Delhi, would be held. The concluding play is based on two stories and directed DR Ankur, former director of National School of Drama, New Delhi.

At Tagore Theatre-18 from 6.30 PM onwards on all days 

Tarot TALK
P Khurrana

ARIES: Five of Cups takes you through a difficult speculative situation. Emotional relationships are temporary as you come out of them. If you are fighting a legal battle, you will win after a slight delay. An array of mixed feelings overwhelms you. An important project is likely to encounter hurdles. Tip of the week: Take one step at a time and avoid anxiety. Lucky colour: Yellow.

TAURUS: You draw The Chariot. You are in touch with dynamic and assertive energy to make new beginnings. Be aware, multifarious activity may lead to stress and tension. You will get in touch with friends and family this week. Tip: Be positive. You can make things happen out of the most unlikely circumstances. Lucky colour: Turquoise.

GEMINI: Like the, The Knight of Cups you are emotional in personal relationship and graceful on social occasions. Your lazy streak will be more obvious on Sunday. You will reap great benefits if you are dealing in stocks and shares. Your spouse pulls in a contrary direction that affects property interests. Tip: Rather worrying; infuse your efforts into decisive action and professional achievements. Lucky color: Red.

CANCER: The Nine of Cups brings you face-to-face with truth, hope and desires. A journey near the sea or expanse of water proves to be therapeutic. You need to view defeat or failure from a higher perspective. Learn from your past experience and get on with your life rather than repeat old patterns. Tip: Trust your heart and intuition Lucky colour: Purple.

LEO: You draw Six of Wands, which helps you in professional work. There will be joy all around. Be cautious of the unfamiliar. You will have a lazy morning and busy afternoon on Thursday. Tip: Avoid situations that may turn nasty. Lucky colour: Pink.

VIRGO: The Nine of Pentacles showers blessings on lovers. Domestic unrest can be avoided if you watch your step. Some career choices have to be made before an important opportunity passes you by. Tip: Do not take risks Lucky Colour: Crimson.

LIBRA: You draw The Knight of Cups so you are emotional in personal relationships. Investment in stocks and shares will prove beneficial. Tip: Be honest. Lucky colour: Black.

SCORPIO: The Empress takes you towards the fast and the protective lane. You are sensitive and vulnerable as you handle two situations at the same time. You make adjustments in personal relationships, as they are fragile at the moment. On Thursday you will take tuff decisions and balance your life. Tip: Be firm and stand ground. Do not let anyone take advantage over you. Lucky colour: Sea green.

SAGITTARIUS: The Queen Of Cups brings romance poetry and dreamy quality in your personal relationship. It's best to look at new direction. Be open to fresh opportunities. Redecorating home and office space can bring synergy and fresh ambiance. Tip: Don't involve yourself in more than one activity. Lucky colour: Burgundy

CAPRICORN: Nine of cups brings focus and concentration. This will help you gain your goal. Pets, children, home or garden can take much of your time on Wednesday. Learn a lesson from past mistakes and get on with your life. Tip: Don't finalise a deal in hurry. Lucky colour: Orange.

AQUARIUS: The High Priestess reveals family pressure and responsibilities. You are original, energetic and ambitious instilling a personal style and vitality in whatever you do. Balance your relationship and professional life. Past investments would show results. Tip: Take one thing at a time. Lucky colour: Golden Brown.

PISCES: The Emperor gets you in touch with your leadership qualities. Your mind will be very alert, clear and quick, enabling you to find immediate solutions to the problems that may arise. Though you are a calm and easy going person, you will accelerate and become more talkative and curious. Keep other people's secret well guarded with you. Tip: Set the unpleasant set of events into motion. Lucky colour: Cherry.

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