Tips for golden glow
Jigyasa Kapoor Chimra

Nalini Mahajan So, you too envy Katrina Kaif for her crystal clear, peaches and cream complexion. Though the first step towards beautiful skin is a wholesome diet, facials and exercise too help. Here are some tips for that clean, clear and glowing skin.

Skin essentials

Here goes the adage, ‘You are what you eat’. So, listing a diet full of proteins, vegetables and juices, yoga and diet therapist Nalini Mahajan says, “The thumb rule for a radiant skin is to detoxify your body and eat a lot of fruits and vegetables.”

  • Steamed broccoli is an excellent source of vitamin C and calcium.
  • Raw tomatoes are excellent to replenish dead skin.
  • Amla is a rich source of vitamin C. Regular use of amla promotes glow on skin and delays wrinkles.
  • Papaya is an all-time skin healer. It’s beneficial for skin care and repair.
  • Fish is rich in Omega-3 and essential fatty acids. It prevents wrinkles and can delay the ageing process.
  • Two to four cups of green tea (preferably jasmine and lavender) is good for skin. In several scientific studies, green tea extract was shown to neutralise the damage done by exposure to UV rays.
  • Cabbage— boiled, soup or baked— is a great skin supplement.
  • Raisins—soaked in a copper vessel is a great skin replenisher.
  • Black grapes are a natural skin enhancer.

Kulraj’s beauty secret

Known for her gossamer skin and dimpled smile, actor Kulraj Randhawa reveals her secrets for the glowing skin.

  • Kickstarts the day with a glass of warm water.
  • It is followed by a glass of seasonal fruit juice.
  • Breakfast includes oatmeal, cornflakes and boiled eggs.
  • Mid-day snack has to be a bowl of fresh fruits.
  • Lunch includes a bowl of dal, sabzi and roti.
  • Evening meal comprises a glass of buttermilk, milk or juice.
  • Dinner has to be light. Soup, salads or chicken in some form.

What not to have

Avoid breads, preservatives and alcohol.

Pack up

Face packs go a long way in keeping skin clear and oil-free and also preventing it from sagging. Betty Nangia, naturopath and pranic healer from Betty’s Holistic and Skin Care Centre-8, says, “Apart from the diet, face packs make a great difference to the skin. Oat face pack is great for the skin.” Soak oats, khus-khus, one walnut and a few almonds overnight in milk. Make a fine paste and add a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil and apply the paste on the face. Keep it for 15 minutes and then wash with lukewarm water. This pack helps removing scars, blemishes, fine lines and enhances the complexion.

Youthful forever

Yoga can help ironing out wrinkles. All inverted postures of yoga like head stand, hand stand, wheel pose, fish pose, lion pose works great for the skin. “Yoga helps the body to rejuvenate over a period of time and benefits the mind as well. Simple yoga postures like dead corpse pose, lotus pose and pranayam (breathing exercise) work wonders for the skin,” says Anil Juneja, yoga expert from FnY Studio, Panchkula.

Don’t get physical on your first date
Deepali Sagar

We went for a date to an expensive restaurant. He was charming, perfect and handsomely dressed. Everything was great, until we ordered. Without even asking he ordered for me. His I-know-you-better attitude put me off,” says Gunika Sharma, a media professional.

The story was over before it started. But that’s how most of the dates end up—on mindless acts of Mr Know It All. What happens when the disaster strikes? For most of us dating is a spontaneous process. A good date demands etiquettes that we often forget. Dates can be tough and first date is always tougher. That’s when etiquettes come to rescue.

Show your best side

“Dating is all about showing your best side. And that includes manners and etiquettes. Something dignified and charming,” feels Komal Chauhan, B Tech student. “Strike a balance between listening and speaking. You may not like to end up as a complete chatterbox or a dumb person,” she adds.

Be punctual

Talking of romance, the old-fashioned chivalry is still appreciated by the fairer sex. “The concept of alpha female ceases to exist when it comes to dating. Holding the door and paying for a meal are thumb rules. Punctuality is a must,” says Harleen Sekhon, grooming and etiquette consultant Grace Finishing Classes-8.

Mind your table manners

Dressing up well, cleanliness, flowers, compliments. All are a must, but don’t go overboard. “Since most of the dates happen over a meal, good table manners work in favour,” says Harleen.

Mention not

Beware of the three principal passion killers: Money, gossip and ex-flames. Never flaunt your platinum credit card. Your date will be a disaster. And don’t mention each other’s ex-flames. “Dating is all about knowing a person, not about dwelling on the controversial past issues,” says Mehak Singh, a social worker. And guys no abuses.

Drink within limit

While you enjoy the date, make sure you drink within limit. You don’t want to pass out while your date is still waiting for you to pay the bill. And never insist that your date should drink. Let her make the choice.

With due respect

Physical gestures should be limited to hugs and holding hands, unless you belong to the class of ‘desperados’. The golden rule—respect your date. “Be casual, comfortable and remember no one is perfect,” Harleen says. She adds, “Mind the fake attitudes and stereotypes.”

Don’t yawn, doodle instead
Manpriya Khurana

There are actually 101 things you can do to survive through a boring lecture. The trick lies in not getting caught. Sit on the backbench and then get started. However, this advisory is for the rainy days…when the clock appears to stop ticking and the lecture on trigonometry seems never ending.

“We draw caricatures and talk through the rough notebook,” hushes Vardan Arora, a student from St John’s School. He adds, “Especially during the Hindi lecture, I just fall asleep…and then of course there are excuses to get out of the class like game practice and all that.”

Scribbling appears the clear winner. “We all like to sketch. That’s the best way to keep yourself from falling asleep,” laughs Bani Amrit Kaur, final year student, Chandigarh College of Architecture. What do they sketch?

Caricatures of the teacher, of the lecture going on. The geometry triangle becomes the face of a teacher, the architectural design becomes a dowdy caricature, while the dictated notes become the grounds for conversation. And some of the replies had to be withheld due to various codes of conduct. If you’re on the backbench, there’s a lot you can do. Even when there’s pin drop silence, we scribble and talk through the notebook…” laughs Amardeep Johal, graduation student, Government College-11. Some even claimed to listen to their play lists using blue tooth headphones. Are the teachers watching?

What you should (not) do

Doodle: The hut, the mountains, the teacher, the caricature, even sin, cos, tan….get innovative with the pen and the paper in hand.

Nibble away the hour: Munching is the best way to pass time. Don’t forget to offer some to the teacher, in case you get caught!

Cell phone: Need anybody list out the things you can do with the cell phone to pass a long, never-ending boring lecture.

Catch the power nap: With half the class yawning any way, you might as well go a step ahead and sleep your way to glory. Invent an aunt who was not well and whom you attended all night, in case…

Day dream: A tried and tested way to breeze through. Keep looking at the blackboard, and instead of figures and statistics, imagine the world through a rosy filtered glass.

Read: Mills and Boon, Archie comics, Tin Tin, newspaper, whatever!

I am boho chic

Every person has a sense of style. Yet, there are only a few who’d attract the second glance, who have the power to make heads turn. It could be tousled hair or torn jeans! Here we bring you the Face in the Crowd, Amarjot Kaur Virdi, a student of School of Communication Studies, Panjab University.

Your sense of style is…

My sense of style in one word would be boho chic…In the winter, it’s casual chic.

Latest addition in your wardrobe…

A pair of classic black ballerinas

Brand freak or street smart?

I’m just not a brand freak…I pick up stuff from places.

Choose one: Sporty, glamorous or chic

It’d be glamorous and chic

Favourite style icon?

I think Slash, the guitarist of Guns n Roses can carry off anything. I also admire Avril Lavigne because she’s so herself and she’s hardcore rock chic.

Who’s the worst dressed celebrity around?

Mallika Sherawat

One fashion trend you don’t understand…

Multi-coloured streaks in the hair.

Your take on accessories

Less is more.

One thing that boosts your confidence

Kohl, kohl and lots of kohl. I like the smoky smudgy look.

(As told to Manpriya Khurana)

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Teenagers take risks when in company

Teenagers are more likely to engage in risk-taking activities such as binge drinking, careless driving and even committing a crime when they are in a company, a new study has found.

Researchers at the Temple University in Philadelphia found teens are five times more likely to be in a car accident when in a group than when driving alone, and they are more likely to commit a crime in a group. The researchers, who analysed brain activity of a group of teenagers as they made decisions with inherent risks alone and with peers, found that when teens are with friends they are more susceptible to the potential rewards of a risk than they are when they are alone.

“We know that in the real world, teenagers take more risks when with their friends. This is the first study to identify the underlying process,” said Dr Laurence Steinberg, a developmental psychologist and co-author of the study. — PTI

Shilpa Shetty Shilpa at peace after Shirdi visit

Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty is happy after getting a chance to visit the holy town of Shirdi in Maharashtra.

"Visited Shirdi aftr tryin hard a few times this year, and then it just happnd! Jus goes to show, there has to b a 'calling' frm God. At Peace (sic)," Shilpa posted on her Twitter page after a visit to the Sai Baba shrine in Shirdi.

The 35-year-old, who is married to businessman Raj Kundra, has been missing from action for sometime - both on the big as well as small screen. — IANS

Sanjeeda finds comedy difficult

Sanjeeda Sheikh who debuted in 2006 with Ekta Kapoor's Kya Hoga Nimmo Ka needs no introduction. For television viewers she is a familiar face who has played varied characters in number of television serials. Winner of Nach Baliye 3 and Jhalak Dikhla Ja, she is now excited about her new comedy show Hai Padosi.. Kaun Hai Doshi.

You have played a variety of characters so far?

It is a conscious effort to do something different every time. Ever since I stepped into the industry I have tried to be versatile.

What makes Hai Padosi… unique and different from other comedy shows?

The characterisation is beautiful with humour as a characteristic trait. There is nothing forced about the humour here. It is a situational comedy that will give birth to an entire new genre of comic shows.

What is Hai Padosi… all about?

It is a rib-tickling comedy of two families living in a society. How they give rise to mix-ups that entangle the families and other wacky residents in a series of comic escapades

What is the scope of comedy on Indian television?

Comedy is the toughest thing to do. People watch television everyday. How are we to engage their minds with different situations? I can make you cry easily but I cannot make you laugh. It is very difficult.

Do you like working on this show?

I love working on this show because we have a lot of fun on the sets. Kader Khan, Muni Jha and Giri Raj Kabra all are very supportive. The bonding is great.

Can you judge a good story?

Yes, whenever I look at a scene or when I am performing, I try to gauge whether it is working or not. When a scene touches me, I instinctively know that it can work with the audience as well.

What's next for Sanjeeda?

I may take up something, which strikes me. Right now I am busy with my show Hai Padosi…. — Dharam Pal

Vikas Bhalla Vikas Bhalla set for TV comeback

Actor-singer Vikas Bhalla, who has taken a break from the small screen, is to be back with Zee TV's Sanjog Se Bani Sangini. The actor, who failed to create waves in Bollywood, will enter the show as the manager of a bank where the show's protagonist Gauri works. Vikas is quite happy.

"There usually is always the 'other' woman who becomes the third wheel in the relationship, but here I will be playing the part of the 'other' man in Gauri's life. It should make for an interesting role, especially when I get to be the troublemaker," said Vikas, who was earlier seen in shows like Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahin and Karishma: A Miracle of Destiny. — IANS

Rose is excited playing elder sister: Nicole

Hollywood star Nicole Kidman is happy that her two-year-old daughter Sunday Rose has bonded with their second child, a daughter born through a surrogate mother. The 43-year-old actor and husband Keith Urban, who recently announced the birth of their second daughter, Faith Margaret, are delighted that Rose is playing elder sister to her.

"She's so into Faith and she's crazy about her. We really wanted Sunday to have a sibling, you know, so now we've got Sunday and Faith Margaret. We've got our hands full! We're really happy," the Moulin Rouge star said.

The couple had the baby through a gestational carrier and kept the news of the baby secret to protect the newborn.The name Faith Margaret is inspired by their deep faith that everything would go well in the pregnancy. Margaret is the name of Kidman's grandmother. — PTI

Cusack rises to the occasion

John Cusack Hollywood actor John Cusack has came out in support of the recent uprising in Egypt, praising the courageous protestors. The 44-year-old actor has taken to the social networking site Twitter to express support for the protest against the 30-year-rule of President Hosni Mubarak.

"Look at the courage of these people. It is utterly remarkable that this revolution has not caused more bloodshed, could easily be thousands and thousands dead.

"But the footage I see is of ordinary people taking peaceful courageous non-violence to the streets... can only pray it continues in) this direction... This is the real thing... history in the making... pray for the safety of the country in this transition... inspirational courage," wrote the Serendipity star. — PTI

Pattinson, Stewart spend time riding bicycles

Robert Pattison & Kristen Stewart Twilight stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart have found a new pastime—the rumoured lovers ride bicycles in between shooting the last movie in the vampire franchise.

The pair is in Louisiana filming Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, but they are making sure to squeeze in some much needed quality time with each other. The duo ride their bikes around Raleigh Studios' empty parking lots in between takes.

"I see Rob and Kristen riding around the parking lot almost daily. Recently I spotted Rob riding out of the main studio gates on his bike and the next thing I knew, he was in front of my car at a stop sign, and Kristen was behind me."

He was wearing a long black shirt unbuttoned with another shirt underneath, it was flapping in the wind as he was riding," said the source.

Pattinson seems to have a passion for cycling - the 24-year-old actor recently spent $ 1,000 on a 2010 Felt Breed Cyclo-X bike in October and has been spotted riding all over town. — PTI

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