B-town bowled over!
The moment finally came…and not a soul missed it. The city wore a somewhat deserted look, no prizes for guessing why! The epicentre of discussion revolved only around one thing, we still aren't giving away any prizes for the guess. Cricketers poured in numbers and so did stars of the B-Town. And if you think they managed to drift our attention away from the men in blue and green, well they couldn't!
For once, they too weren't bothered about getting clicked in the right poses, with and without glares. They were here for the spirit of the Indo-Pak match and we give it to them for it…straight from the airport!
Time to wasool lagaan
Is this Ness?
Ola la la la Ole O!
Is a cricket match all about winning or losing? Well, yes it is! We wanted to add a small feature. A cricket match between India and Pakistan is also about exchanging interesting, hilarious online one-liners. Here are some, which did the rounds for quiet
* Dhoni's new girlfriend - Ashish Nehra - hayee nazar naa lage inke pyaar ko
* Mohali mein hum itne chauke-chhake maarenge, itne chauke-chhake maarenge ki confooj ho jaaoge ki boundary pe khade ho ki border pe!
* India throw the Sehwag bomb on Pakistan... Umar Gul Ke Batti Gul...!!!
* Afridi aur Akhtar se dar nahi lagta sa'ab…Munaf aur Nehra se lagta hai!"
— Jasmine Singh
Hollywood loves India
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
Theatre is a must for every actor," feels Manoj Joshi, a veteran actor and theatre personality, who is in town to showcase his play Chanakya. "Theatre groomed me, but the best thing about it is that one gets to learn something new everyday," he says. However, Joshi always wanted to be a painter. As a result he opted for the school of arts over NSD, but as they say destiny chooses you rather than the other way round. Fate had some other plans for him. His fascination for theatre made him realise his final destination.
About the play
Shopping for the kids is the biggest challenge that mothers faces nowadays. Such is the pressure that the parents don't mind spending big bucks on their little ones. However, there is good news for the Chandigarh residents.
Raveena Tandon, with her son Ranbir Vardhan Thadani launched Tommy Hilfiger's children wear line in Sector 17. "Since the launch of the Tommy Hilfiger children wear in India, shopping for my kids clothes has become a lot easier. Now, I don't need to shop for them abroad," says Raveena.
The spring summer collection looks exciting and vibrant as it's not only peppy but also incorporates key Tommy signature elements. However, Tommy Hilfiger's Spring/Summer 2011 children wear collection offers a unique range. It comprises of three fashion deliveries, inspired by Little League baseball, America's Ivy League universities as well as the beautiful beaches and stunning sunsets of Hawaii. — TNS
Don’t set unrealistic goals. Train smart and reap immense benefits
Its been said over and over: "If you fail to plan, you plan to fail." Working out without a pre-determined workout regime is similar to going on a trip without directions; most likely you'll end up getting lost. Don't make this common mistake. Enlist the aid of a qualified personal trainer to design a proper resistance training and aerobic programme.
Purchase one of the many guides to fitness programming and educate yourself on the basics.
Be realistic: One of the biggest mistakes is setting unrealistic goals. It's too much, too fast syndrome. People expect dramatic results, and then they get disappointed. They expect the 15 kg they put on over a period of years to come off overnight and that doesn't happen. Because of unrealistic goals people set, they set themselves up for failure (chucking the fitness programme) and risk of injury or burnout.
Don’t follow fads:People often choose some exercise, diet or fitness programme because it's in and others are doing it. They experiment too much with their workouts and go on a variety of diets. To succeed you need to do what is right for you and something you can incorporate in your lifestyle. For fitness, you need to find something you are passionate about. If exercise is not fun, you are not going to stay with it. Your fitness levels should also play a major role while choosing the physical activity. And as for diet, well a proper balanced diet which does not ignore any food group will go a long way and show better results eventually than any other fad diet out there promising instant results (be-ware of rebound).
Liquor hazards: Just as portion sizes of your food need to be controlled, alcohol consumption must be limited, if not eliminated. Not only does alcohol have calories; it is actually metabolised more like fat than carbohydrates.
Myth of spot reduction: Many people think that you can get a flat stomach just by doing sit-ups or that you can make your butt smaller if you do enough squats. The truth is that in order to lose inches or tone up any part of your body you must work on your entire body.
Get out of the rut: Once people find an exercise that they really enjoy or one that isn't too difficult, it's easy to get in a routine of doing the same exercise over and over.
This often causes your body to reach a plateau because it becomes too accustomed to the routine. Try to change your routine every two weeks.
(Kalra is a Chandigarh-based fitness expert.)
Looking for books? Try online
If you can't find a particular book at your favourite bookshop, join the growing league of net savvy Indians who buy their reading stuff on the Internet and get discount and free delivery right at their doorstep.
"Until a few years back, getting a particular title was a hectic job involving a visit to at least four to five bookstores that were far from home. Now all I have to do is click a mouse," says Arindo Ghosh, a banker and book lover who lives in east Delhi.
With all major publishers having online bookstores, the e-revolution in book selling has truly come as a boon to readers and publishers as well. "People are buying in very big numbers on the web now," says Gaurav Sabharwal, co-founder of the recently-launched uread.com, the e-book store of publisher Prakash Books which released Jeffrey Archer's latest book Only Time Will Tell.
The service was launched on March 12, and currently has 3,000 orders of approximately Rs 500 each, he said.
Sabharwal spoke of receiving more than a thousand orders in a week. "We are doing more than 1,000 orders a week and we hope to double it in three months," he says.
"Online book sales have significantly picked up in the last year. One has the convenience of higher discounts and free delivery to their doorstep. In addition, one does not even need a credit card as one can use the COD (cash on delivery) option," said Sabharwal.
Agreeing with the assessment, Pranav Johri, marketing director of publishers Rajpal and Sons, which also has its e-book store www.republishing.com, says e-book stores are fast catching up and the size of the market online is four to five times that in traditional retail. "It's growing exponentially and is effective four to five times the traditional retail. E-bookstores are a great medium for book lovers and the choice is wide," he said.
Apart from having their own e-book ordering sites, publishers also choose to go along with other popular book ordering sites such as Flipkart and Infibeam.
"Flipkart and Infibeam are great portals and are growing very fast. We get orders for hundreds of books in a week from all the online market or portals," said Johri.
Among the key features of these stores is the discount and hassle-free delivery which are attracting people the most. "I had my misgivings before I ordered from an e-book store, as we are always doubtful about the unconventional. The best thing is I don't even need a credit card and the book reaches right at my doorstep and I can browse through more titles according to the category I want without the shop attendant's irritated looks," says Shalini Mishra, a software executive living in Gurgaon.
Sabharwal also highlighted the ease of finding books on their sites. "The book database is searchable by author, title or subject. The books are categorised in hundreds of categories and sub-categories," he said.
Interestingly, the trend on online browsing and ordering is not limited to the tech-savy readers of metro cities, with the publishers saying they get as many orders from smaller cities.
"On our own website, we have people from all over ordering books online, more so from small towns," said Johri. Sabharwal also said a lot of orders are being received from Tier-2 and Tier-3 cities. So just log on and browse away. — IANS
Know your Body
The more women are able to focus on how their bodies function and feel, rather than what others think, the more they will appreciate their own bodies.
"Women who focus more on how their bodies' function...are going to have a healthier, more positive body image and a tendency to eat according to their bodies' needs rather than according to what society dictates," said Tracy Tylka, associate professor of psychology at Ohio State University and senior study author. Other studies have suggested that about 50 per cent of women appreciate their bodies. — IANS
Hrithik's music video for Just Dance
Avika Gor shoots for Hair Oil
Nitesh Pandey's April Fool's joke
Shiamak to judge dance show
Dhruv and Ginny connection with Band Baaja Baraat
Ashiesh gets serious
Talking to us about Mrs. Kaushik Ki Paanch Bahuyein, Ashiesh says, "When Rashmi Sharma Telefilms contacted me for this show, they told me they had liked my work in Mrs. & Mr. Sharma Allahabadwale, and they had an interesting role to offer me. Naturally, I was excited. They are reputed to be excellent producers, and my mom is a huge fan of their show Saath Nibhana Sathiya. What clinched the deal for me, however, was the character they offered me - that of a theatre director. My own acting background stems from theatre, so it's home territory for me."
When asked about his role the actor says, "I cannot reveal the plot of the show before it hits the tube but I can tell you a bit about my character. I run a theatre group in the Pink City, and the female protagonist is the heroine of my play.
I am a strict disciplinarian and extremely hard on the surface but I have a softer side, which unfolds as the story progresses (smiles). This role reminds me of my own theatre director and guru NK Sharma. In fact, I've decided to incorporate some of NK's typical mannerisms and theatrical nuances into my character."
Which roles does he enjoy the most comic or serious characters? Ashiesh replies, "I would choose to play a serious character, any day.” — HRM
Shweta Kawatra dons a positive role
Guinness World Records' star studded finale
The year ahead
What a coincidence for you! 2011's total number and your basic number is same this year. So a fantastic year ahead. Professionally, it spells speedy augmentation in career, economic strength and good flow of liquidity.
To put it colloquially, Jo maango-ge-wahi mileg. In short, your (You dream and he delivers) type period has commenced today. Fair sex will be more favourable by end of July as soon as Saturn becomes sahi (direct in motion). Bachelors are likely to get Sherwani stitched very soon, while the newly married can expect to go family way in the era of auspicious Jupiter. Those linked to media can expect a good switch over to a better placement with inflated packages. Research scholars will complete their doctorate. Educationists will be recognised, their contribution may fetch awards and honours. Authors can expect hot sales of their publications. Doctors stand a good chance to visit abroad for employment, higher education. Healthwise, 2011 will prove tension free year.
Last year didn't go very well for Abhishek Bachchan. Movies like Raavan and Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey, where he tried something different, didn't do too well. Now, Abhishek is back with Game, which releases this Friday, and Dam Maaro Dam. We catch up with the actor
Tell us about your projects
Tell us about Game
You are also doing many sequels
Among all these three sequels which one will you start shooting first and which one are you most excited about?
Without a doubt it is Dhoom 3, as I get to work with Aamir Khan. Also the director Vijay Krishna Acharya is the perfect guy to make Dhoom 3.
What is the response to the Dum Maaro Dum trailer?
We've got a good response. I'm working with Rohan (Sippy) after a while. I play a character called Inspector Kamat, who is out to clean Goa.
You have now completed a decade in the industry. How do you feel going through the ups and downs?
When I started, everyone wrote me off. Now, it's been a tough ride, so I feel like I'm making my debut again. —HRM
ARIES: Household tasks can be done in record time. Speculation would be most unwise. No problem should arise in romance. Models: Admirers will stick to you like bees; be careful. You will feel great with your renewed energy. Get a good night's sleep. Tarot message: Capitalise on your strength and do not trust others. Lucky colour: Orange. Magic number: 60.
TAURUS: You will be popular with both the sexes today. A level of stress may be building, especially if you face unpaid bills or such financial issues. You may be feeling vulnerable to the criticism of friends. Keep your head cool and avoid confrontation. Tarot message: Focus on the better to mitigate the bitter. Lucky colour: Black. Magic number: 59.
GEMINI: Many of you will scurry to be on time. Make extra efforts to conclude pending projects. Secrecy of plans will help you at place of work. Property deals favour till 2.00 pm. Do not aim for spectacular results. A VIP comes to help. Tarot message: Wait and watch. Impatience will lead to failure. Lucky colour: Cream. Magic number: 54.
CANCER: Caring conversations and heart-to-heart talks flow easily. Health problems can be successfully handled. This is a good day for both buying and selling property. Stick to what you know. Cool down with water sports s. Be wary of over-confidence. Tarot message: Unfinished business will unleash new problems. Lucky colour: Grey. Magic number: 39.
LEO: A burst of domestic enthusiasm can sweep into cleaning and decorating your home. Senior bureaucrats should focus on secret files and documents. Married will enjoy evening in a different way. Do not carry heavy cash. Tarot message: You need to cultivate understanding andhumility. Lucky colour: Ebony. Magic number: 63.
VIRGO: Differences of opinion within the family could reach a boiling point. Bright day for intellectuals, writers, advocates and astrologers. Love life runs into trouble. Tarot message: If you are tempted to travel overseas don't waste money by financing the trip yourself. Lucky colour: Saffron. Magic number: 27.
LIBRA: If you are not okay about relationship, finance or career issues, take positive action. The employed will have to work overtime. An important meeting may have to be shelved. Keep a low profile. A Taurean lover figures prominently. Tarot message: Dare to accomplish those tasks, which normally take up a lot of time. Lucky colour: Camelish. Magic number: 40.
SCORPIO: You win over one enemy or adversary. Family life is tense. Financially the first half of the day is expensive. Writers will find their work in print. Keep cool and maintain a low profile. A health crisis might strike. Tarot message: Do not swing away from the course you have charted so far. Lucky colour: Mauve. Magic number: 49.
SAGITTARIUS: Those spiritually inclined are likely to search for solitude. Love life is passing through a rough phase. Businessmen have a tricky day. A feel good humour and cosmic wisdom will weave into your affairs. Kindness and compassion are spreading around you.
CAPRICORN: Your card The Universe favours progress in your profession. Be wary of a situation where it would be easy to make a mistake. You will inevitably repent later. Useful day for tackling household repairs. Students: Light reading will keep you busy.
AQUARIUS: You card The Moon reveals a romantic interest. If you have a lover, this is the day to treat them. Fortune can smile on you from the least expected sources. Don't rely on luck alone, though. Health problem can be satisfactorily treated. Tarot message: Don't be too certain about obtaining a clearance. Lucky colour: Purple. Magic number: 38.
PISCES: An unexpected bonus could appear in your paycheck. Dress for success to make a great impression on employers. Enjoy being noticed and acknowledged. Contact your parents if you have not called or seen them lately.