Long & short of IT better!
Nausheen Ali Sardar of Kkusum fame and young actors Anuj Thakur & Jayashree share notes on their upcoming tele-serial Beendh Banuga Ghodi Chadhunga
Jasmine Singh

If not for the endlessly flowing tears from kohl-smeared eyes of the protagonist (she is paid extra to cry more) and others who come in the camera range, which makes us scribble words about the state of TV serials, now the idiot box is tantalising viewers with endlessly long titles!

Even longer than Pilavullakandi Thekkeparambil Usha (PT Usha, just in case), Beendh Banuga Ghodi Chadhunga's — Imagine channel's new serial, which is the story of two Marwari families with a different outlook in life — title carries the gist of the entire story! But you can still go ahead and take a dekko on this new serial that marks the comeback of Nausheen Ali Sardar of Kkusum fame and flag-starts the career of two young actors Anuj Thakur and Jayashree. For this star cast visiting Chandigarh, all is well with television and with long titles as well!

Anuj plays Jai in Beendh Banunga Ghodi Chadhunga, an English (hons) graduate from Delhi University. He says, "Such titles are catchy and they reflect the character of the story. They are interesting." Nausheen and Jayashree nod in approval. Before you conclude, the ladies from TV have nothing much to say (quiet literally), Nausheen shifts in her seat, looking forward to saying something. The stage is yours!

It's a comeback for the beautiful lady who went ahead to dabble in cinema, but later came back with bitter-sweet experiences. "I did one movie with Mahesh Bhatt, but I guess I wasn't meant for cinema. I think TV actors do face a little problem working in cinema. Audiences are used to seeing us in particular roles and then there is a whole different style of working," she smiles. So, it's back to television. She smiles again, this time reluctantly. "Yes. I think so. When I went to do movies, I thought I would never return," she pauses. We can never be sure of tomorrow! Who would have thought that TV would one day provide employment to hundreds of people in India, irrespective of caste, colour and creed? This trio feels the same. Anuj opines that television has definitely grown and so have the number of problems. "More channels, more people, more ideas…TV has really grown."

It has changed, certainly. Ultra-controversial and bare-to-dare ladies dating their men in front of the whole world, aam aadmi washing their dirty linen in public, youngsters spewing language that can only be beeped! And monotony, every scene, set and actors look the same. "This happens with all jobs eventually. We get bored with routine, but then serials like Beendh Banuga… are a refreshing change," these three actors share the same opinion.

For once we try to ask them something different. Education, fall-back option…. Jayashree has an opinion to share for the first time during the interaction. "Yes, it is important to have a fall-back option," …pauses…"I don't have any as of now." Well, for Nausheen, education is an art that a person carries till the grave, which reflects on the personality of the person. "I advocate that youngsters should first finish their education and then think about acting," she says. Roger that madam!

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Twin style

Vikram Seth
high design: Vikram Seth

His ultimate fashion icon is Angelina Jolie, not only for her great looks or style but also because she chose to raise kids that needed a home! Vikram Seth, fashion stylist and image consultant, is in Chandigarh to participate in TeeZing, an initiative by Cotton Council International, with the theme: 'Cotton for all Seasons'.

"Styling and designing go hand-in-hand. I started with fashion styling after NIFD, Mumbai," shares Vikram. Seeing an opportunity in the fashion world for image consultants, Vikram diversified. "I came across models who needed grooming, so started my journey in the world of image consulting," he shares. So far Vikram is going great with clients like Convergies, HCL, Aircel and many individuals whom he prefers to keep confidential.

How does this work? "Well, I go by famous adage 'Rome was not built in a day'. Image consulting takes care of everything from basic hygiene to hair, make-up, dressing and presenting oneself. We share techniques but then it's for the individuals to practice and make them part of system," says Vikram.

Proud to be associated with TeeZing, he was part of jury last year and is a mentor this time; Vikram is thrilled to have interacted with Snehalaya children. "All kids have right to comfortable childhood. I know it's a lofty dream, yet, but I believe in doing my bit," he says.

TeeZing, pan-India competition, aims to bring together creativity, innovation and fashion, to redefine cotton for the young generation. "I am glad that Smile foundation as well as CCI gave me the platform to mentor these bright kids," says Vikram.


Top five

Vikram Seth shares hot spring summer2011 trends

n Add some lace in your dresses

n Colour peach is a must in wardrobe

n Wedges and high boots for your feet

n Go for feather accessories

n Owl is the hottest motif, especially in chains

IT’s awesome
A Commemorative Art Exhibition celebrates 150 years of the Income Tax Department 
Parbina Rashid

Various artworks on display at the exhibition
master strokes: Various artworks on display at the exhibition

It cannot get any bigger than this, especially in a place where art galleries are dying a premature death for lack of connoisseurs and artists' migration to bigger places in search of greener pastures has become a norm. So when some organisation as dry as Income Tax Department takes interest in paintings and presents about 140 works by the likes of Anjolie Ela Menon, Jatin Das, Raghu Rai, Ram Kumar, Paramjit Singh, Prem Singh and Arpana Caur…you sit up and take notice.

First thing first — it's titled Commemorative Art Exhibition with a tagline 150 years of Income Tax in nation-building. Why art, we ask Pawan Parmar Singh, the Income tax Commissioner, Chandigarh, for an explanation. "Till date we have collected four lakh, 47 thousand crore of rupees for the government. It's time we presented our humane side to the public, not just the money wielding side," says Singh, who is also an accomplished artist whose Tree of Life finds a proud place in the Punjab Kala Bhawan art gallery in the same slot as Ram Kumar.

The idea to organise a nationwide painting exhibition was coined by Durgesh Sharma, who retired from the Income tax Department last July. It started with workshops at various states and thus accumulating priceless artworks by big names with the aim that they will finally be placed at the gallery of the National Academy of Direct Taxes, Nagpur.

What comes as a delightful surprise is that the city has a strong presence in the venue — Arpana Caur's Sohni Mahiwal which has almost an spiritual aura, Diwan Manna's Mystical Shores of the Unknown (Inkjet print), Jatin Das's Sherr Poetry (Conte on paper), Paramjit Singh's ethereal landscape Garden in Bloom, Prem Singh's Silent Whispers and Viren Tanwar's The Story With End, to name a few.

The sight of Income Tax Building in Sector 17 may not evoke very pleasant thoughts for the obvious resaon, but city-bred artist Sanjay Kumar has captured its aesthetic glory in a huge 72 inch by 72 inch frame. And he got the essence of the place right too. Besides Pawan Parmar Singh, the office has produced another acclaimed artist, Dr Harmeet Singh. This Mohali-based artist who has a number of shows to his credit, drives home the point - creativity thrives anywhere, even amidst boring office files!

(On till May 15)

It’s a beautIful day
A journey back in time
Le Corbusier museum is for those who take pride in the modern marvel that Chandigarh is…

Le Corbusier
FRozen moments: Le Corbusier 

If you belong to the class that thinks that being a modern city Chandigarh has no culture, we recommend a visit to the Le Corbusier Museum at the old architect building in Sector 19.

Do you know that the great Harappan civilisation flourished right here some 4,000 years ago? Excavations from the area near the State Library in Sector 17, done in 1969, provide a glimpse of their culture. The excavated red clay pottery and stone implements are treasured right here in the museum.

But then ‘Modern life demands, and is waiting for a new kind of plan, both for the home and the city’, said Le Corbusier, and the journey of our modern city is chronicled in the museum in the form of telegrams, sketches, plans, photographs and furniture.

The museum - housed in the very building Le Corbusier designed and sat in conceptualising this City Beautiful almost six decades ago - retains its original character. The courteous staff switches on the lights and fans as a visitor enters, but one can do without it for the building is designed in such a manner that summer temperature never exceeds 35 degrees Centigrade and winter 10 degrees Centigrade. One can move around without feeling the need for an air-conditioner in this eco-friendly building, which has retained the furniture, book shelves, windows, cupboards and even the brick floor from the 1950s.

The museum houses the journey of the city from those very first telegrams that invited names of architects to build this city. The original sketches, models, some realized others not. For example, the Governor’s Palace that was not built because it was labeled as ‘undemocratic’.

Room after room presents the rich heritage of the city. Verandahs host pictures of that era - Le Corbusier from childhood to his late days, the staff that was part of his team and many landmarks of the city, including the cast iron manhole cover designed by Pierre Jeanneret et al. Yes, this is the one that we noticed on the roads not so long ago and the kind that fetched a whopping $ 21,600 in 2007 at Christies auction held in Rockefeller Plaza, New York! This manhole, depicting a map of Chandigarh as drawn by Le Corbusier, finds a proud place here. An electric eraser used by Pierre Jeanneret’s team, a compass and foot ruler used by Aditya Prakash, one of the members of Le Corbusier’s team, also rest here.

We recommend that you do not miss out the last section, which houses furniture of that era. Simple, furniture — study chairs, dining chairs, study tables, beds — built using plain wood and cane is fabulous. These are often auctioned on foreign shores for a whopping sum! The very same furniture is still in use at the museum.

One wonders how the team took care of each and every detail, even designing boats for the Sukhna Lake! This place narrates the entire journey - from finding architects to turning a piece of land into a thriving city and its inauguration by late Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru on April 2, 1952. Interestingly, The Tribune carried a full page of this event with pictures then, which tells the story of the city. A copy is also displayed at the museum. No entry fee, this museum is a sought after place for all those ‘Corbusier lovers’ around the world!

Midnight shopping

Did you check out the Red Fort in the city? Well, this interesting gate is at the entrance to Summer Festival-Midnight Bazaar-2011, Exhibition Ground-34. Almost 100 stalls offer consumer products like handlooms, handicrafts, furniture, crockery and clothes. For children and youngsters, there are rides like the giant wheel, Columbus and dragon. One can also enjoy tastes of different food at various counters here.

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Souvenir stop

A small outlet sells interesting souvenirs from the city — famed manhole paperweight, Open Hand monument replicas, caps, t-shirts, neckties, pencil boxes, tea coasters, column lamp shades, cushion covers, mugs, picture frames, crystals and various articles that have city sights imprinted on them. Prices are from Rs 20 onwards.

Bold decision

Imran Khan
hot spot: Imran Khan

Bollywood actor Imran Khan, who has filmed a bold lovemaking scene in his upcoming A rated movie Delhi Belly, said his newly-wed wife Avantika has no issues with him getting intimate on screen. The 28-year-old actor, who married his long time girlfriend in January this year, said that she is quite understanding about his work.

"I keep my personal and professional life completely separate. She understands me and my work. She had no problems with the bold scenes I shot for the film," Imran said.

The actor, who has been busy shooting for his upcoming films Short Term Shaadi and Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, plans to go on his much delayed honeymoon in July.

"I have been very busy but it seems that we will finally go on our honeymoon in July," said Imran, who was in the capital to launch Denizen, a new brand by Levi Strauss.

The Jane Tu Ya Jane Na star has shed his good boy image for Delhi Belly and his character uses expletives frequently. Imran said that he picked it up from his friends in college.

"A lot of my friends are in college and I learnt the abuses from them. I hang around a lot with them and so picked it up. But I am quite well behaved in real life," he said.

The actor was also all praises about his leading ladies Kareena Kapoor and Katrina Kaif in two upcoming films.

"I get lost when I see her act. I forget my dialogues.

She is my personal favourite and I admire her immensely," he said about his Short Term Shaadi co-star Kareena.

"Katrina is so focused. I got to know her a lot while shooting for Mere Brother Ki Dulhan," he added.

Imran also said he hates watching himself on screen but loves Ranbir Kapoor's films. "I don't like the work that I do. Honestly, I hate to see myself on screen. I like Ranbir because I think that he is really good." — PTI

A suit to jump for
Prabhdip Brar

Jumpsuits, the one-piece full length bifurcated piece of clothing, may be tough to carry. Even with a size zero figure, this garment may find one or the other fault to highlight.

If you have the confidence to carry it nothing can flatter your body more!

Continuing from last season, the trend is here to stay this time as well. A versatile garment in terms of the style lines which can be experimented with due regards to the choice of the fabric. A jumpsuit can be made a daytime wear in linen or cotton fabric in this scorching heat; wear it off-shoulder keeping your legs bare and what the heck-jump around!

Come evening, amend the fabric to a slippery feel with the likes of crepe` and chiffon, team it with some high strap heals, let down your hair and put on some gloss and you are ready to party.

If the original song Dum maaro dum had actor Zeenat Aman bring the jumpsuit to India, singer Elvis Presley made it popular in the West.

But the original skydivers' jumpsuits were a simple garment designed to insulate the body from the cold at high altitude and minimise the risk of covering important handles and grips. Today, however, the garment has found another use. The jumpsuit began its journey as humble work clothes for men invented by style icon YSL. Now women love them more. Many Hollywood beauties have worn and sworn by it and Bollywood belles have embraced it too.

The bottom half of what looks like dhoti pants and can be designed with cowls/ pleats/hipster etc. They're like salsa pants-a rage and the most modest and yet comfortable.

For a tomboy, jumpsuits give the freedom to prance around while looking feminine and sexy.

(Dr Brar is assistant professor, UIFT, Panjab University)

Street smart

Fashion is all about being in tune with trends without giving up your style. This tall, energetic and suave Yashik Gulati is raring to take on the world with his signature fashion.

Your sense of style is

My sense of style depends on situations. I like to wear what is suitable for the occasion. I don't like following others or the latest style mindlessly.

Latest addition to your wardrobe

My pair of jeans from D&G which I got from Hong Kong on my last vacation.

Brand crazy or street-pick ups?

Both! My wardrobe has a t-shirts worth Rs 200 and Rs 10,000 also.

My style Icon would be…

Akshay Kumar can carry off any thing to perfection.

Who do you think is the worst dressed celebrity?

Chunkey Pandey and Daler Mehndi tops the list.

Which look would your prefer — sporty, chic or glamorous?

I think I would call myself 'dapper'!

One fashion trend that goes beyond your comprehension…

I cannot understand why folks copy what others are doing without thinking if that would suit them or not.

Your take on accessories?

They are very important as long as they compliment the attire and not dominate it.

What boosts your confidence Level ?

I recently lost 25 kgs and now when I get those looks and compliments it really gives me that high.

(As told to Poonam Bindra)

Office snacks can make you fat

A study has concluded that although office snacks might boost morale they also sabotage your health. It has been shown that just the sight or smell of candy, cookies, donuts and other sugary sweet concoctions triggers a desire to eat.

Since most of us are lugging around excess body fat, this kind of morale booster is not helping our diet efforts and may inadvertently contribute to increasing sick days and perhaps anxiety, listlessness or moodiness.

People think they can work off these snacks with a little extra exercise, but the study points out otherwise. — ANI

Comedy scores over horror

A still from Love U Mr Kalakaar
A still from Love U Mr Kalakaar

It is a fine amalgamation of horror, paranormal activity and sex. It is an innovative form of sex and horror.

Starring: Kainaz Motivala, Raj Kumar Yadav.

Interesting merger
It's a copy paste movie out of the previous attempts in MMS genre. It just merges the paranormal activity. — Suresh, PU student

One time watch
The movie won't be able to pull crowds for a very long time. It is worth a watch.
—Piyush, an Infosys employee.

Stanley ka Dabba
The film reveals how a child-soldier rises above his choking real life situation, on the way setting a template for all whiners to learn from, even emulate. He uses his sparkling wit and innocent wisdom to impress everyone.

Starring: Partho, Amole Gupte, Divya Dutta

Simple and sensible
"It's a mature movie. No frills, it's a simple story and has an effortless screenplay."
— Parveen, a Call-centre executive

Cinematic genius
One of those few movies, which does not boast of great star-cast but has interesting cinema.
— Radhika, student, Khalsa Collage

Love U Mr Kalakaar
The movie is about Sahil, a cartoonist, an artist who derives his inspiration from emotions while Ritu is a management trainee. She falls in love with Sahil. Will she help him ‘sketch’ the new rules of business? An artist's simplicity amidst the dynamic corporate world!

Starring: Tusshar Kapoor, Amrita Rao, Ram Kapoor, Madhoo, Prem Chopra, Jai Kalra, Kiran Kumar & Snigdha Akolkar

Same old story
"Considering it was a Rajshri movie, I had thought that it would be something interesting. The script fails.
— Priyanka Bedi, law student

Out of tune
The music really does not click with the audience. All in all it's a drag."
— Armaan Mann, student UIET (As told to Vasudha Gupta)

Chocolate fantasy
The newly opened Chocolate Room offers not only chocolate drinks and desserts but also Chocizza - a pizza with chocolate base

For all you choco-holics, you have a new address in Chandigarh to lounge in - The Chocolate Room.

The Australian franchise caught fancy of Pavittar Bajwa in Mumbai. "I visited the Chocolate Room in Mumbai and experienced chocolate in its true avatar. A regular at cafes, I felt as if I only known of Bournvita in the name of chocolate," says Pavittar Bajwa, a man with many businesses and political ambitions, who opened The Chocolate Room (sector 9) in Chandigarh on Thursday.

A chocolate shot (yes, just like tequila or vodka) welcomes one in beige and brown café. The walls are dedicated to chocolate saying, origins (recipes to be added soon) and chocolate packed in different sizes and styles. Special crockery like 'cuddle cup' that lets you hold the hot chocolate goblet to keep yourself warm in winter and 'hot mug' to keep it hot are on sale as well.

Prompt staff whips up choctails, chocshakes, pancakes, sundaes, fondues, chocizza, wraps and crepes.

"I recommend choctails that we offer in 12 flavours like mint, hazelnut, strawberry smoothie, orange and cinnamon," says Ramanbir Bajwa, co-owner.

Winner of Burpp Best Dessert Award 2009 and others, the Chocolate Room extols chocolate as the 'food for young' that keeps mind 'happy' and body 'young'. This boutique café sources stuff from Australia. Snack bar offers Mexican as well. Drinks and snacks for two would cost around Rs 500.

If you yearn for a chocolate fountain, chilli hot chocolate pizza or a choclate monument just like Taj Mahal, you know where to head to!

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Chinese all the way
For a complete eating experience Orient Pearl is the place to go

Looking for Chinese food with a difference in Ludhiana? Just visit the Orient Pearl on Ferozepur Road. Says its owner Gurlal Grewal, "We have a buffet counter wherein our clients can choose and combine dishes to suit their tastes."

Adds the manager, Manjit Singh, "Such is the rush on some days that we have to rustle up as many as 40 dishes in a short span of time." And indeed, the chef from Bangalore Wangdup Lepecha has the skill to produce eight different types of starters and individually ordered main courses along with desserts.

Strict vegetarians, Sharnick Gupta and his wife Shelley are regulars here. "For proper vegetarian Chinese this is the joint and we really relish their Lotus Stem Chilli. We also like a combination of paneer and tofu hakka style. Crispy Corn Chilli is another favourite.

And to avoid any confusion, green mats are kept for all veggies while the red mats are for the non-vegetarians. Youngsters Paramjit and Ishdeep give a 'thumbs up' to the steamed fish with black bean and chillies, and the drunken prawns, just the perfect accompaniment for their beer! Orient Pearl has a separate area that houses the bar.

Coming to the desserts, there is honey glazed fried flat noodles and delicious soft brownies, both served with ice-cream. A sophisticated décor of beige, brown and black add up to the eating experience.

(Buffet is priced at Rs 325 plus taxes per person)

Talk to yourself
Simmi Waraich

I have liked this girl for three years. However, she was seeing another boy and told me that she could not marry him as her parents would not agree, but she continued to talk to me. I did not talk to her for months but she would call me up and said she needed me as her friend. Now again, she is with the other boy and stopped talking to me. I am feeling very upset even though my friends are very supportive and are helping me through this, I keep crying and feel very low. I am an engineer, in a good job, so it is really depressing to be this way.
—Manish (23), Kullu

At times, even though our logical reasoning tells us that this is not the correct thing for us, we may get into a relationship that has no future. It is because we get emotionally dependent on a certain person. Remind yourself of the times you have happily spent with your other friends who did not manipulate you. Think that your friend comes to you with this problem - What would you tell him or her? Then apply that to yourself. Learn to talk to yourself like that. If this is interfering with work and sleep etc, seek the advice of a doctor. which may be in the from of medication or counselling. Keep talking to your friends and do not isolate yourself. Remind yourself that it is tough but not impossible and you'll get through this too.

Look within

At times, I feel I cannot live without my friend and that life is meaningless. I am living separate from my husband, but not divorced yet and have a child. I am working and live with my parents. This friend is getting married next month. Am I just dependent and not in love?
—Anita (23), Kurali

When it feels that you can't live without the other person, it is emotional dependency. The part of you that is in love is really a child or adolescent who needs love because you are not giving love to yourself. You feel this person fulfils your emptiness, which is why you can't live without that person.

When you fall in love as a loving adult instead of a needy child or adolescent, you already have a sense of self-worth and do not feel empty. Instead of needing someone to fill you and make you feel lovable and worthy, you already feel worthy and full of love. You experience this inner fullness because you have learned how to take full responsibility for your own feelings and needs. Being alone is not necessarily being lonely, learning to have faith in oneself and having a purpose in life - whether it is charity or work or a hobby or just living each day as it comes to the fullest - gives one a sense of purpose. If one finds someone to share it with, that's good. If not, one can still live a good life by looking within and believing in oneself. Just like the neighbour whose wife died young or like the woman who lost her only son. Do meet someone to work through your feelings, decide whether you want to go through the divorce and if so, complete it and put it behind you. Then plan anew. And let go of this relationship by staying calm, focus on work, home and talking with friends.

(Dr Waraich is a Chandigarh-based consultant psychiatrist. Shoot your problems to [email protected] or write to Troubleshooter, Life+Style, The Tribune, Sector 29, Chandigarh)

Twin(s) benefit

A new study from the University of Utah has suggested that women who deliver twins will live longer. It also found that these mothers would have more children than expected, bear babies at shorter intervals over a longer time, and are older at their last births compared with non-twin-bearing mothers.

The findings do not mean having twins is healthy for women, but instead that healthier women have an increased chance of delivering twins, says demographer Ken R. Smith, senior author of the study.

"Having twins will not make you stronger or healthier, but stronger, healthier women are more likely to have twins naturally," says Shannen Robson, the study's first author.

Smith adds: "The prevailing view is that the burden of childbearing on women is heavier when bearing twins. But we found the opposite: women who naturally bear twins in fact live longer and are actually more fertile." The study also found twinning is an indicator of health.

"This study has been able to identify and it's a fairly novel result. Another important factor that contributes to health and longevity in later years, namely, that women bearing twins appear to be healthier," Smith says.

"That innate healthiness is contributing to their ability to have twins, and it is also contributing to their longevity." The study has been published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. — ANI

Master Chef
Sandwich time!
Kandla Nijhowne

As kids, we didn't just love Archie, we also found intriguing the favourite food of Jughead - layers and layers of ham, tomatoes, cheese and lettuce, sandwiched between two burgers. Ever wondered how and why a sandwich was created? John Montagu, the fourth Earl of Sandwich is credited with inventing the sandwich during a 24-hour long poker game in 1718!

The Earl would get so involved in his game that he'd forget to eat! Finally, he ordered his servant to put some meat between the two slices of bread so that he could eat while playing without messing his hands! In doing so, the sandwich was created and so was history! A variety of fillings can go into a good sandwich. Fresh bread, good butter, lettuce, tomatoes, bell peppers, corn, paneer, chicken, scrambled eggs, chutney, ham and salami...the list can go to miles!

Mayonnaise is in charge, guaranteeing moistness. Cheese adds enormous flavour to the creation and an absolute must is mustard! Whole wheat bread makes a more robust and healthy sandwich with the nutrition and fibre advantage.

Louisiana chicken salad sandwich

¾ cup mayonnaise

½ tsp pepper or chilly sauce

1½ tsp dried thyme leaves

¼ tsp pepper

2-2 ½ cups chopped, cooked chicken (or paneer)

¼ chopped celery (optional)

½ cup capsicum

½ cup chopped tomato

Grated cheese or slices

lettuce leaves

2 tsp mustard paste

Butter, softened to room temperature

Salt and pepper

Rolls, bread slices or foot longs


In a large mixing bowl, add mayonnaise, pepper sauce, pepper and thyme. Stir together. Add the chicken (or crumbled paneer), capsicum, celery and tomatoes. Toss lightly. Layout several pairs of bread slices, then spread butter on one slice and mayonnaise on the other. Smear some mustard paste and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Flatten a lettuce leaf on a bread slice followed by cheese. Scoop a generous amount of the prepared salad on to one slice, spread and top with the other slice. Cut into neat triangles or squares and serve with ketchup.

Liar, liar

Want to know when someone is lying? Here are the indicators. The more reliable red flags that indicate deceit are:

n When questioned, deceptive people generally want to say as little as possible. Geiselman initially thought they would tell an elaborate story, but the vast majority give only the bare-bones. Studies with college students, as well as prisoners, show this.

n Although deceptive people do not say much, they tend to spontaneously give a justification for what little they are saying, without being prompted.

n They tend to repeat questions before answering them, perhaps to give themselves time to concoct an answer.

n They often monitor the listener's reaction to what they are saying.

"They try to read you to see if you are buying their story," said Geiselman.

n They often initially slow down their speech because they have to create their story and monitor your reaction, and when they have it straight "will spew it out faster," said Geiselman. Truthful people are not bothered if they speak slowly, but deceptive people often think slowing their speech down may look suspicious.

"Truthful people will not dramatically alter their speech rate within a single sentence," he added.

n They tend to use sentence fragments more frequently than truthful people; often, they will start an answer, back up and not complete the sentence.

n They are more likely to press their lips when asked a sensitive question and are more likely to play with their hair or engage in other "grooming" behaviours. Gesturing toward one's self with the hands tends to be a sign of deception; gesturing outwardly is not.

n Truthful people, if challenged about details, will often deny that they are lying and explain even more, while deceptive people will not. — ANI

A dose of yoga 

A new Harvard study has revealed that more American doctors are putting away their prescription pads and asking their patients to do yoga and meditation. They are especially referring patients for whom conventional medicines have failed.

The study found that more than 6.3 million Americans use mind-body therapies, including meditation, based on a referral from their physicians.

That compares with 34.8 million who seek these therapies out themselves without doctor's orders.

Interestingly, the study found that those who were referred to mind-body therapies by their doctors tended to be sicker and used the health-care system more than people who sought the therapies themselves, according to a foreign news agency.

"It makes us wonder whether referring patients for these therapies earlier in the treatment process could lead to less use of the health-care system, and possibly, better outcomes for these patients," said lead researcher Aditi Nerurkar, of Harvard Medical School. — ANI 

Astro Turf
P Khurrana

ARIES: Do not jump to conclusions in haste.  Not a good day for forming partnership. Ventures may fail when associates withdraw support. Savings may get used up. so Apply a little brainpower to solve an old problem. You have the courage to make changes now, so put a bit of spice in your life. Tarot Message: Must learn to accept responsibility for self and others. Lucky colour: Mauve. Magic Number: 25

TAURUS: Kids keep you busy. A few people could be making waves today.  You will not be able to have things your own way. You will enjoy socializing. Marital difficulties can be eased through a mutual friend who might be able to help. Tarot Message: Your determination to succeed will pay dividends. Lucky colour: Saffron. Magic Number: 44

GEMINI: Do what you can to improve your relationship with your spouse. Sensitive day for joint financial affairs. A personal project may have to be put aside for a social commitment. Cooperation will get what you want without stepping on too many toes. Tarot Message: Use your instinct to get into the top circle of power. Lucky colour: Peach. Magic Number: 30

CANCER: Money problem will continue to crowd in. Your parents need extra health, attention. Tackle children gently. A spiritual approach to the day will suit you best. Start off with yoga and meditation. Rethink tactics and strategies. Record dreams by putting them on paper. Tarot Message: Do not invest or transact money. Lucky colour: Orange. Magic Number: 47

LEO: Do not act on second hand information. Students suffer from lack of activities. Start making the changes you keep talking about, a new diet, an exercise regimen, quitting smoking or dating a new type of person. An unsatisfactory relationship can come to an end. Tarot Message: Emphasis on spiritual needs. Lucky colour: Yellow. Magic Number: 51. 

VIRGO: The card, The Lovers signifies that a friendly atmosphere surrounds you. People are likely to be drawn to you now, so dress to impress. Go shopping for new clothes. Pamper yourself. You may clash with a partner or friend over a difference of opinion. Tarot Message: You gain by being practical; don’t be emotional. Lucky colour: Black. Magic Number: 63

LIBRA: A chance to get in with the movers and shakers can come your way. You won’t be happy to live your life secondhand at the moment. Your ambitions can be realized if you use your connections. A romance might have reached the next stage. Tarot Message: Try retaining the fruit of your hard work. Lucky colour: Metallic Grey. Magic Number: 52

SCORPIO: If you start to get confused, nothing will work. You are in danger of blowing your budget if you don’t practice restraint. Colleagues can sound knowledgeable, but in fact they only have half the picture. Romance is exciting but discretion is imperative today. Tarot Message: Don’t waste an opportunity by not exploiting it. Lucky colour: Red. Magic Number: 50

SAGITTARIUS: Give attention to little jobs today. Check all information regarding legal matters. Watch your thinking as it can easily spin you into a depression. Jogging, walking will help. A Taurean friend is supportive. Have a great celebration in the evening. Tarot Message: Consolidate your gains instead of throwing security to the winds. Lucky colour: Brown Magic Number: 56

CAPRICORN: Teamwork and happy relationships mark this day. Gossip will bring you down. Your popularity is on the rise and a leadership position could be offered to you. Focus on your heart and you will get what you want. Tarot Message: Ability to state the truth are your strong points. Lucky colour: Crimson. Magic Number: 33. 

AQUARIUS: Unstable influences suggest uncertainty. Stay in bed and relax. Be compassionate and try not to judge harshly. You may bow out of a social event to spend more time with your loved ones. Beautifying your home will give you a lift. Tarot Message: Avoid frictions with business partners. Lucky colour: Pink. Magic Number: 41

PISCES: Any change made at work bring favourable results. Domestic wrangles are sorted out. Do not take people on face value. A sudden shock, such as an exorbitant utilities bill can shake your sense of security. Once you settle down, the reality won’t be so bad. Tarot Message: Your own aims, ideas, opinion matter a lot. Lucky color: Peach. Magic Number: 30.

Star Track

Hands full!
2011 has a spate of exciting releases. We take a look at the films our prominent heroines will be seen in this year

Katrina Kaif
Katrina Kaif
Mere Brother Ki Dulhan and Zindagi Milegi Na Dobara
These films are not really big but Katrina is the girl with the midas touch. Mere Brother Ki Dulhan is a romantic comedy that just might click. She plays a rebellious girl and Imran Khan and Ali Zafar are her co-stars. Zoya Akhtar's Zindagi Milegi Na Dobara has the most impressive cast this year with Hrithik, Farhan, Abhay, Kalki and Katrina. Both movies will give her a chance to prove herself as an actress. We hope she passes the test. She has some sizzling scenes with the hunky Hrithik in the film.

Kangna Ranaut
Kangna Ranaut
Double Dhamaal and Rascals
The former poster girl for neurotic characters has made the switch to bimbette roles in commercial films. She is doing fairly well, so far. She wasn't all that great in Tanu Weds Manu but the film has done well. Miss Ranaut sleepwalked through Game and the poor picture sank without a trace. Double Dhamaal and Rascals are hardcore entertainers in which she co-stars with Sanjay Dutt and Ajay Devgn. She is only cashing in on her voluptuous figure and pretty face in both films and if there is scope, we might see her comic timing. To draw eyeballs, she has worn a bikini in Rascals.

Deepika PadukoneDeepika Padukone
Aarakshan and Desi Boyz
The tall beauty will share screen space with Amitabh Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan and Prateik in Prakash Jha's drama. She returns to commercial territory with Desi Boyz, with Akshay Kumar and John Abraham.

Priyanka Chopra
Priyanka Chopra
Don 2 and Agneepath's remake
PC could not salvage 7 Khoon Maaf from sinking and she didn't even get rave reviews for it. She needn't fret because she has two important films in her kitty. Agneepath reunites her with Kriishh co-star Hrithik Roshan. The buzz around the film is positive. Moreover, Don 2 is one of the most-awaited films of the year. Led by SRK, it is likely to be a blockbuster. She plays a prostitute in Agneepath and portrays the character of Roma in Don's sequel.

Kareena Kapoor
Kareena Kapoor
Short Term Shaadi, Agent Vinod, Bodyguard and Ra.One
The Czarina of Bollywood is working with all the Khans this year and has the biggest films in her kitty. We do not need to tell you how hyped a film Ra.One is! Bodyguard stars Salman Khan and is releasing on Eid, so it is bound to be a hit. Short Term Shaadi is a rom-com pairing her with cutie Imran Khan. Agent Vinod will show her opposite her beau Saif Ali Khan and the film is among the most anticipated films this year, especially because it has been in the making for a long time. We trust Saif to deliver a classy product. All in all, the Kapoor girl is sitting pretty on a variety of roles and three of her films are potential blockbusters.

Anushka Sharma
Anushka Sharma
Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl
The no-nonsense actress had a fabulous 2010 with the success of Badmaash Company and Band Baaja Baaraat. Today, she is respected as an actress and is noticed for her screen presence and good looks. She got glowing reviews for her act in Patiala House. The film was an average performer at the BO. In December, the Bangalore beauty will be seen opposite Ranveer Singh once again in Maneesh Sharma's Ladies Vs. Ricky Bahl. She is the female lead and there are three female newcomers in it. Rumour has it that Anushka will sport a bikini. She has the guts and the figure to pull it off!

Vidya Balan
Kahaani and The Dirty Picture
The talented beauty has already won critical acclaim and commercial success with No One Killed Jessica. She is the sole lead in Sujoy Ghosh's Kahaani, apparently a remake of Kill Bill. She plays a pregnant woman who comes to India to find her baby's father. All hopes are pinned on Milan Luthria's The Dirty Picture. The film has gathered immense buzz as Vidya has piled on pounds and shed her inhibitions to play former (now deceased) Southern sex pot Silk Smitha. We think it might give Vidya a clean sweep at the award ceremonies once again!


Tusshar's Lucky!

He had the country in splits with his 'Lucky' act in Golmaal 3! Highly appreciated for his comic timing in the film, Tusshar Kapoor has been honoured with the Best Actor in a Comic Role award at the Jeeyo Bollywood Awards.

The first of its kind viewer's choice award, Jeeyo Bollywood Awards has adopted a unique format where the viewers not just vote for their favourite celebrities but also get an opportunity to personally hand over the trophies to the winning stars. Presenting the award to Tusshar Kapoor are not one but two ardent fans who have enjoyed Golmaal 3.

Being the family entertainer that it was, the film and Tusshar's performance has been loved by fans from an age group. Two such lucky fans-Ten-year-old V.V.Pratiksha and 61 year old Jaikishen Dadlani were ecstatic at meeting the star.

"I have seen Golmaal ten times only for Lucky's acting," said a visibly thrilled Pratiksha. Adding to this Dadlani said, "I am thankful to the organisers to have given me this chance to meet the talented actor." 


John-Bip's commercial treaty

John Abraham & Bipasha BasuJohn Abraham and Bipasha Basu dated for so long and parted ways but now they are back again but only for endorsements. The couple who called it quits last month has decided that if in the future, they are made an offer to endorse a product together, they would give it a shot. The two discussed this before going separate ways. Money talks, after all. Future bhi toh secure karna hai!

Money matters:
John Abraham & Bipasha Basu


Chat with Aamir

Aamir KhanSources close to Aamir Khan reveal that he has finally said yes to TV and will soon make his debut on TV as a chat show host where he will interview people and personalities in front of an audience. If all goes well, Siddharth Basu's Big Synergy will produce it . It is believed that Basu approached Khan a while ago with a show on the lines of the hugely popular the Oprah Winfrey Show. But to get more details we have to wait and watch as even if the deal is sealed, it will go on the floors only in 2012 as Aamir is busy with films. —HRM


Leonardo, Bar call it quits

Leonardo DiCaprio & Bar Refaeli
Splitsville: Leonardo DiCaprio & Bar Refaeli

Hollywood heartthrob Leonardo DiCaprio and girlfriend, Bar Refaeli have finally called it quits.

The 36-year-old actor and the Israeli-born supermodel who have been dating on and off for five years now, have ended their relationship as neither is ready to settle down. "It was amicable, they're still friends and they are still talking. They just grew apart and went their separate ways. Neither are ready to settle down, and both have busy careers that have been taking them in different directions," said a source close to the former couple.

This is not the first time that DiCaprio and his 25-year-old girlfriend have called off their relationship. They split up for six months in 2009 after dating for four years, before reuniting last year. The 'Inception' star had previously said that he was put off by seeing the failed marriages of others and is unsure if he will ever marry. "I don't know whether I'll ever get married. I've seen too many supposedly happy marriages go down. I've been as shocked as anyone.

"No one can look at the marriages of other people and make a judgement. I don't know the private lives of the actors I work with. I just know if they are good actors or good directors," the actor explained. — PTI


No takers for Ameesha's company

Ameesha PatelAmeesha Patel, who launched her production house with such a big party, seems to be failing before taking off. Our source informs us that she is finding it difficult to find a director to work with.

Those in the know insist that the actress should have waited till a reputed director gave her the nod, before announcing the film.

She has approached directors like Kunal Kohli, Priyadarshan and Imtiaz Ali but no one seems to be interested.

Chatter Box

End of an academy

Karan Mehra Television actor Karan Mehra, aka Naitik Singhania of STAR Plus Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai, had opened an acting academy called Reel In Real Out with his girl friend Nisha Rawal with the ex-couple of the industry, Ali Merchant and Sara Khan. A few days ago, curtains came down on the academy. We spoke to Karan Mehra about the journey of his venture, RIRO activities and more.

How was your experience of running an acting academy?

It was a good journey to handle a business venture, something which Nisha and I had never done before. We did many activities and kept our academy in the limelight. I am glad that we managed to teach something valuable to our students.

Did you expect your academy to close soon?

Not at all. I never expected that we would have to shut shop in just one and a half year but I am happy that so many news channels covered our different activities.

What do you think were the reasons for your academy shutting down?

No comments, please.

Which RIRO activity do you love the most and why?

We did many interactive activities like street plays on Labour Day on how to save our natural resources. We also did two plays, which was again a completely different experience altogether and for all our activities, we got positive response as well.

What is more difficult to run an acting academy or to act?

I feel to run any business or academy is challenging because we need to spend more time in the business. While in acting, we need to present on the sets till our scenes are done. In any business, one has to always take care of many aspects which includes staff and other things.

You hosted a farewell party recently for your students too.

It was nice as some of thefaculty members like Amardeep Jha, Rajneesh Bisht had come and we enjoyed a cake cutting ceremony with our students. We only invited the RIRO family so it was fun.

What advise you would give to all aspiring actors and your students from the academy?

Just be confident but at the same time hard work and dedication also matter. I want to tell to all my students from the academy that do well and be prepared for a tough competition.


Adventure girls

Dina Vindu Dara Singh and Sambhavna SethRecently the contestants of Khatron Ke Khiladi 4 returned to Mumbai. And from the 13 contestants, the top five battling it out are Dina Vindu Dara Singh, singer Mauli Dave, actress Aashka Goradia and Aarti Chhabria with Aashka losing in the second last round. Dina, Mauli and Aarti fought for the winning trophy. And buzz is that Aarti emerged winner in the fourth season of KKK. Meanwhile, Sambhavna Seth got eliminated in the first episode but returned in the wild card round. —HRM


Attitude proves costly for Jai Kumar

Reality show contestant Jai Kumar Nair in Dance Ke Superstars misbehaved with the judging trio of Geeta Kapur, Shiamak Davar and Remo D’souza. He was reprimanded for halting his performance mid-way but he retorted that the song played wasn’t correct. The three judges were flabbergasted at Jai’s unprofessional behaviour but gave him a second chance. Next he taunted Shaimak saying, he knows he won’t get a good score. The judges were furious with his behaviour and though he cried they didn’t forgive him. His attitude cost his team as they penalised him by equalling the scores for both the teams.


Sara’s new tantrum

Sara KhanControversies refuse to leave Sara Khan’s side. She has become synonymous with tantrums and attitude. The latest news comes from the sets of her Zee show, Ram Milaayi Jodi. Sara claims her director Jafar insulted her in front of the unit, talked her down and was disrespectful. Not willing to tolerate such behaviour, Sara walked out of the sets. Later news came that the director quit the show. But on the other hand, rumours are that Sara’s tantrums and difficult attitude was too much for the director. She flatters producer Rajita Sharma to remain in her good books.

Pricey act: Sara Khan


Annirudh’s obssession 

Annirudh Dave aka Lakhya in Siddharth Tewary’s Phulwa, has an obsession for dogs. He loves dogs a lot, so the moment he reaches his shooting location, the street dogs jump around his car as they recognise Annirudh. He plays with them and feeds them too. Annirudh also has a pet poodle named Czar, who is the cutest thing on earth for him. When at home, Annirudh spends his maximum time with his dog. Well, we don’t know where this obsession is going to take you Annirudh.


Ekta pampered by her in-laws

Yes, you read it right; Ekta Tiwari aka Radha of Tere Mere Sapne is pampered by her on-screen in-laws. Every day the moment Ekta reaches her sets, she is showered with chocolates. She loves chocolates to an extent that not a single day passes without eating chocolates. She can resist everything else but not chocolates. So, seeing her fetish for chocolates, her on-screen in-laws give her chocolates every day. She of course, happily accepts their token of love and really appreciates their sweet, chocolaty gesture

The Year Ahead
Madan Gupta Spatu

If your birthday is May 14...
Life will not be as hard as it was last year. As 2011 comes to an end, you might feel the need to examine how your experiences are similar to others. A week out with your friends and colleagues might provide the answer to your longing. In 2011-12, you must not be aggressive or arrogant. Indeed, you can be more comfortable by remaining calm. Your dormant attitude is your strength and nobody can oppose you. Success will follow.

You can’t afford to let rivals get ahead of you. You’ve spent too much time and effort honing your skills. Although you’d rather let your work speak for itself but that approach simply is not practical. You must promote your hidden faculties. A close friend is happy to help you. Try to fight against someone who is not playing fair with you and don’t be intimidated by mean comments. This is a magical time where your relationships will consolidate, you’ll be more spontaneous and will be able to find clarity of vision.


Waheeda RehmanWaheeda Rehman (May 14 ,1936 Hyderabad) shares her great day with you.Her career continued throughout the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. C.I.D. Pyaasa, Kaagaz Ke Phool, Chaudhvin Ka Chand Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam are some beautiful films of her. She won the Filmfare Best Actress Award for her roles in Guide and Neel Kamal. Kamaljeet who starred opposite her in Shagun proposed marriage. She accepted the proposal and they were married on April 27, 1974. In recent years, she made a comeback playing elderly mother and grandmother roles in Om Jai Jagadish (2002), Water (2005), Rang De Basanti (2006) and Delhi-6 which were critically acclaimed. As per astro–numero calculations, Waheeda will continue to entertain the fans for a long time . Number 5 makes her a magnetic personality as it appears twice in her date of birth.


Naseeruddin mentors Little Champs

Naseeruddin ShahSa Re Ga Ma Pa Li’l Champs is organising acting and dance workshops for the talented kids, who are blessed with a good voice but considering their tender age have not seen much of life. Selected contestants of Zee TV’s Sa Re Ga Ma Pa will get a chance to meet veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah where he will interact with kids on topics ranging from Shakespeare to poets to the nuances of becoming a fine actor. In his brief discourse, the actor will train the young minds to be more perceptive and receptive, which will help contestants of reality shows to put their best foot forward.

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