An artist & a crusader
Parbina Rashid

canvas magic: Jatin Das delibrates on various issues of art; and (below)
one of his painting

If the title is Elevated-Enlightened Human Body and the creator is none other than Jatin Das, one can safely predict some enlightened talk for an interactive session. This is exactly what happened during the press preview of the exhibition organised by Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi, which is celebrating the 150th Birth Anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, mostly a monologue by the fiery artist with us journos occasionally interjecting a question here and there in a pathetic attempt to steer the conversation!

“Don’t write about me or my work but write about issues that really matter. I am too insignificant or even my art. If you do not like my painting you can ignore it, but talk about art of all genres, which are the fabric of the nation,” he opens the discussion. But how can we not talk about his art, especially as we art lovers had to wait 17 long years for this one (his last exhibition in the city was in 1994)! Courtesy Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi, Jatin Das has visited the city twice before in the recent past, but never to display his paintings. Now that 135 of his original works which sums up 10 years of his effort are here for all of us to see, the talk naturally revolves around him.

What took him so long to come back to the city with an exhibition? “Exhibitions are a boring affair. The supervising works one has to do for an exhibition saps out one’s creativity. So, I never paint for an exhibition. When I paint and when I have enough, I put them out. The idea that one has to have exhibitions in order to sell art is wrong.”

So what does a young artist do to get noticed? “In other professions, one needs to go through apprenticeship period, but not in visual art. And the result is almost 200 artists are born everyday. Even one of my former secretaries has become an artist now and she is selling her paintings like hot cakes because of her connections,” he replies.

If Das is unhappy about the dwindling quality of art and artist, then he is equally concerned about the state of architecture. An avid supporter of indigenous architects like Laurie Baker and Jaffery Bawa, Das shrugs off Le Corbusier as a great architect who made designs misfit for the Indian climate. We look for signs of his anguish in his frames but come across none in those powerful lines and vibrant colours. Doesn’t he believe in voicing his opinions on canvas?

“Painting is a different language altogether. It is not complementing or contradicting any ideology but just an expression of life,” he says, admitting that the only times he made paintings with a social message was one called Pushed during the emergency period and the other time when daughter’s mentor Safdar Hashmi was killed.

So, what’s next? “Don’t know. If a concept excites me, I pick up the thread and follow it. I do not work on a theme, the work dictates the journey,” he says. Simple logic, but when it comes to Jatin Das, the journey takes the form of a crusade.

(On at the Punjab Kala Bhawan-16)


A walk in heaven
The Regulator End of Sukhna Lake offers a quiet place to walk, exercise, meditate or just soak in the bounties of nature

There is nothing more powerful than a sight that pleases the soul, elevates the mood and soothes the nerves. And Sukhna Lake offers many a sight. So, quite naturally a beautiful day is rendered more beautiful when one is at Sukhna! We did a recce at the Regulator End and came out with a 
few discoveries.

Unlike the main area of the lake, the other side takes you to an un-spoilt haven. One can walk on the embankment, enter a little forest and join the track back. The feel of the kuccha track, with charming birds in the water around is indeed invigorating. If you fall in the category who label all those creatures swimming in the lake as 'ducks', there are boards that distinguish our feathered friends - residents and migratory - giving little notes on their appearance, habitat, food and other habits. The promenade at this end has a seating for those who want to enjoy the calm waters and bars for those who want to exercise!

Hold on, how can we not mention the upcoming Garden of Silence, which we all will take pride in the coming times? "Garden of silence is a zone of tranquility where visitors and residents of Chandigarh can enjoy the green environs of the lake," says AK Malhotra, director, tourism department. The adjoining areas have been beautifully terraced, giving a picturesque view of the Garden from the top end of the lake promenade. Inside, there are platforms that offer space where an individual or group of people can meditate or do yoga. Almost ready in concrete, it's waiting for a green makeover. There are plans for sowing fragrant shrubs as well.

One can park the vehicle at the Regulator End to reach here, but there are many, such as ex-armed personnel Manjit Singh, who prefer to jog from one end to the other!

However, if it's the company of people that you like, the main lake area is the best. Enjoy the cool breeze during the early mornings, observe the ducks or enjoy a meal in the open air café as well as the Chef Lakeview.

Boating has always been popular at the lake, but a Shikara ride gives it a different dimension. Lots of rides for children, including the one on a camel, the lake offers a wholesome family entertainment package. Last but not the least, we recommend you spend a quiet time with yourself on the steps observing nature — the rising sun during early mornings, ducks heading home in the evenings and reflection of moon at night!

Filmi Khan-daan
We take a look at actresses who have made their debut opposite the prominent Khans—Salman Khan, Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan and Saif Ali Khan. We evaluate the success stories of those actresses as of today.

Double take: Deepika Padukone

Deepika Padukone with Shah Rukh Khan in Om Shanti Om: The exquisite beauty was a supermodel before she was signed on to play a double-role opposite SRK and Arjun Rampal in Om Shanti Om. She was spectacular in the movie and swept the debut awards that year. She signed big films such as Bachna Ae Haseeno, Chandni Chowk to China, Love Aaj Kal, etc.

After Om Shanti Om, Love Aaj Kal was her biggest hit. Her performance has improved with each passing film and she is one of the most sought-after actresses in Bollywood.

The delicate and dainty damsel will be seen in Aarakshan, Race 2, Cocktail, Desi Boyz and a film with Rajnikanth.

Saif & sound: Vidya Balan 

Vidya Balan with Saif Ali Khan in Parineeta: Vidya Balan made a stunning debut in Pradeep Sarkar's film. She was then seen in the sequel to Munnabhai, Halla Bol and Salaam-e-Ishq.

Vidya had a tough time because the latter films flopped at the box office and she got a lot of flak for her terrible sense of style and weight gain.

She was also criticised in Heyy Babyy and Kismat Konnection. Vidya found her footing as an actress once again with the commercial success and critical acclaim of films such as Paa and Ishqiya (she swept awards for the same). Kahaani and The Dirty Picture are the films in her kitty.

ITEM GIRL: Zarine Khan

Zarine Khan with Salman Khan in Veer: Salman Khan cast Zarine in Veer because of her striking resemblance to Katrina Kaif. She was put on a chocolate diet to pile on the pounds for her role of a princess in Veer.

The film flopped and she was hardly noticed in it. She was in the news for the way she imitated Katrina Kaif's poses and mannerisms. She is a regular at Salman's house and parties. Salman has been recommending her lately.

The fair beauty has lost oodles of weight and has been signed on for Sajid Khan's sequel to Housefull.

Miss Khan also looks super-hot in the super-hit item song, Character dheela hai from Ready.
Anushka Sharma
LOVE LOCK: Anushka Sharma

Anushka Sharma with Shah Rukh Khan in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi: The slim and shapely beauty from Bangalore did well in Band Baaja Baaraat.

She held her own opposite SRK in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and the film was one of the biggest hits of 2008. She stayed out of the limelight and surfaced only to promote Badmaash Company in 2010.

The gorgeous girl has been in the news for her "platonic" equation with BBB co-star Ranveer Singh. She even won accolades for her performance in Patiala House. She is versatile, confident, graceful, witty and talented. Ladies Vs. Ricky Bahl is her next release. The no-nonsense girl has also bagged the lead role opposite Ranbir Kapoor in Ayan Mukerji's next for Dharma Productions.

The Graduate

Hollywood actor James Franco has graduated with a masters degree in filmmaking from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.The 33-year-old actor, who is currently a PhD student at Yale University, was dressed in the traditional purple robe and black mortarboard while accepting his degree.

The 127 Hours star has already gained a degree in creative writing from Columbia University, as well as studying poetry at Warren Wilson College in North Carolina and fiction writing at Brooklyn College.

The actor has recently enrolled into the University of Houston for another doctoral programme in literature and creative writing.

Franco, who had also announced his plans to study at the Rhode Island School of Art and Design, will be also teaching film and advising students on how to modify poetry into short movies at the New York University.

Besides Franco, Oscar winning actor Denzel Washington also received an honorary degree this week from the University of Pennsylvania. — PTI

Will Demi's Magic work?

Actress Demi Moore is set to play a seductress in the upcoming movie Magic Mike inspired by actor Channing Tatum's experience as a stripper. The 48-year-old will play the role of an older woman who tempts Alex Pettyfer, a newcomer, to exotic dancing in the movie.

Moore who bared all in 1996 movie Striptease, is said to be thrilled about joining the cast of the new film.

"Moore met the director Steven Soderbergh at Soho House in West Hollywood last week to discuss the film, and she loved it. She's so excited about the role," a source said.

The film also stars Tatum and is based on his brief stint as a stripper at the age of 19 before finding fame as an actor. Tatum will star as Pettyfer's mentor in the film.


Acting happened by chance: Muskaan
Muskaan Arora, popularly known as Saakshi of Sahara One's Mata Ki Chowki, talks about her journey in the industry...

Playing a character with divine powers is an amazing feeling and you need to be really lucky to be known as one. Muskaan Arora is the lucky one to be playing the divine role on television. She created a spiritual magic through her long running show, Mata Ki Chowki on Sahara One. In a candid interview, the actor from Delhi speaks her heart out.

Tell us about your story of getting into acting?

I was not interested in acting as I wanted to study Law. I was in Delhi when my grandmother asked me to give the audition. Though I told her that I was interested in it, she encouraged me to give it a shot. Then when my friend asked me to accompany her for the auditions, I went along. But those people ended liking me instead and told me to audition and hence I gave the audition and got selected. After that I came to Mumbai and did ads and finally got into acting.

Did your family consent easily when you said you want to be an actor?

As a kid, I would stand in front of the TV and dance so my parents thought that I will be a dancer. They were surprised when they came to know that I really was going to be an actress. They have always supported me and let me do what I wanted to do.

Is this your first show?

No, I have done 35 commercial ads and a show Thodi Khushi Thode Ghum. After that I did Don and episodes for the show Hello Dolly, and now I am doing Mata Ki Chowki on Sahara One.

Are you seeing someone? Describe your dream man?

I am single and ready to mingle. My dream man is definitely not going to be an actor but a businessman or a politician. He needs to be very understanding, calm and nice, because I am a little hyper. And he has to be very friendly, so that I can talk to him about everything.

Tell us something about your nature?

I am very friendly and I love talking because of which I gel well with others, but I hate people who backbite and dominate. I love dressing up in classy ways. At the same time I am a very simple girl.

At which point of your life have you struggled the most?

I had to struggle when I shifted to Mumbai, not because of work, but because of the city and the problems related to it. The traffic, the people and all, it was a little tough to adjust in the beginning, but later on I adjusted to it.

What are your interests other than acting?

I love driving, swimming, dancing, painting, reading books and a big time song buff.

Favourite holiday destination

I love travelling. I love Hong Kong, Dubai and Delhi a lot. I really want to visit Singapore as I have heard a lot about it.

Any idols you have?

My grandmother is my biggest idol. She has always supported me in my life, and is my best friend also.

Your recent memorable fan experience.

I went to Jalandhar this Ram Navmi. The MLAs of Jalandhar invited me as the chief guest for the Shobha Yatra, which is a rally. It was a nine hour rally, and people were going crazy seeing me there. They came to me and touched my feet, be it young or old, all did the same. I was really shocked to see the crowd. It was such a grand welcome. I was blessed by gurus and got so much respect. — Dharam Pal

Average couple argues 2,455 times a year!

A new survey has discovered that the average couple bickers 2,455 times a year - equal to almost seven times a day. Researchers found that the biggest single reason for a tiff is not listening to what the other half is saying, which is responsible for around 112 cross exchanges a year, followed by money worries, spending issues and laziness around the house.

Annoyance about over-spending, especially on impulsive or unnecessary purchases, leads to 109 disputes - with money in general being the cause of a further 108. Laziness caused 105 outbursts while snoring provoked 102. What to eat for dinner leads to 92 barneys a year - and 80 tiffs are about a partner walking mud into the house.

Driving too fast, walking past items that need taking upstairs and what to watch on television are the cause of conflict more than once a week. Sex - particularly a lack of it or the timing - also causes 88 bust-ups a year.

The survey also showed the average couple will argue about disciplining the children 88 times, and have a further 79 disputes about spoiling them.

The figures were revealed in a study of 3,000 people, either married or in relationships, by esure home insurance.

“Bickering on a daily basis is all part of being in a normal, healthy relationship. The normal co-habiting couple will have to put up with each other’s daily annoyances - even if they can prove to be very irritating,” said a spokeswoman. — ANI 

Designs on the wall

Be creative: Try wall stencils 

Using stencils to paint your walls or furniture adds character and a personal touch to your living space. This is one of the oldest and easiest ways of decorating. If you want to try stenciling your walls on your own, make sure you keep these points in mind:

l Start with a clean wall. Wipe out all the dirt with a damp cloth, or better still repaint the wall with the base colour you need for your design.

l Use non-glossy paints for the base.

l You need a smooth surface to work on, so remove all nails and fill up the holes.

l Plan your design. Use readymade stencils or make your own. Plastic stencils are best as these can be reused and don’t tear easily. You can even use old X-rays to make stencils.

l Make sure the edges of the stencil are clean and straight.

l Make a few extra stencils as wear and tear is bound to happen, especially if you want a repetition in patterns.

l Now tape your stencils to the wall and start painting.

l Mostly round brushes or flat tipped brushes are used for painting. You can also apply paint with a sponge for a different look.

l Do not apply too much paint on your brush. This will cause the paint to run under the edges of the stencil.

l Use a thin layer of paint. It’s always better to use two coats of paint instead of one layer of thick paint.

l Acrylic paints are mostly used for stencil painting.

l If your design calls for the use of more than one color, paint one and let it dry before using the second.

l To protect your design you need to use a top coat of water based acrylic varnish. Remember, the varnish is applied after 2-3 days of painting.

(Sukhmani is a Chandigarh-based interior and landscape designer)

The magic is missing

In Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Johnny Depp returns as Captain Jack Sparrow, who is sought after by the British, fearsome Blackbeard, his daughter and former lover of Sparrow, Angelica (Cruz), just so that he could direct them towards the fountain of youth before the Spanish find it.

Starring: Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Ian McShane, Geoffrey Rush, Stephen Graham, Astrid Berges-Frisbey

Nothing gripping

“I had high expectations from the movie, but nothing really kept mehooked. The absence of Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightly was evident.”

— Anki Arora, shop-owner

Sub-plots disjointed

“The sub plots are strange and disconnected. It seems that at one point or other, the director loses the sense of what he is working on. It was a drag for sure.”

— Ankita Single, lawyer


“The presence of the mermaids was perhaps the only gripping factor in the movie. Otherwise, it was slow-paced.”

— Varun Aggarwal, entrepreneur

Original better

“The story should have been stronger and the original characters should have been retained. I missed Keira Knightly.”

— Nikhil Dhingra, share-broker

Old-world charm

Set in 1920’s Bengal, Kashmakash is a tale of Ramesh (Jisshu Sengupta) who is forced to marry Susheela (Riya Sen) whereas his heart lies with Hem Nalini (Raima Sen). Things take a turn for the worse when Ramesh realises that his wife Susheela is after all Kamala and is the wife of someone named Neel Naksha Choudhury (Prosenjit Chatterjee).

Starring: Jisshu Sengupta, Riya Sen, Raima Sen, Prosenjit Chatterjee

Interesting watch

“The projection of Bengal was lovely. Good costumes and screenplay made it an interesting watch”

— Nikhil Bedi, shop-keeper

Sensible cinema

The movie is a true example of sensible cinema. I think it is meant for the people who enjoy art films. It’s serious and beautifully shot.

— Vineet Goel, builder

(As told to Vasudha Gupta)

Ranveer and Anushka sizzle in Goa!

Ricky Bahl strikes in Goa. Here is a still from the shooting of Ladies vs. Ricky Bahl in Goa. Ricky Bahl is a conman who meets his match in the character of Anushka Sharma. Anushka looks gorgeous.

No wonder that Ranveer Singh has eyes only for her. 

What's brewing?

It looks like a real romance is brewing between Ragini MMS actors Kainaz Motivala and Raj Kumar Yadav. They got close while rehearsing for the film and have gone on many film and coffee dates. Both of them are ambitious and want to get noticed. Let's see how it goes for them!

Horror of horror!

vikram BhatIt beats us but Haunted is a hit and has grossed Rs 20 crore at the box office.

Vikram Bhatt is ecstatic and the makers have planned another three-dimensional horror film titled Dangerous Ishk.


Digital release

The promo of Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara was released online. It has got 55 million hits already (5.5 crore users) and the producers are elated. They can even check which city has got the highest number of hits.

Bose rage

Bhaag DK Bose, the song from Delhi Belly released a couple of days ago and has become a rage. It gets stuck in your head and you will find yourself singing it all the time. It has been sung and composed by Ram Sampath.

Shopping trip

Emraan Hashmi and Jacqueline Fernandez are shooting in Goa for Murder 2.

They are shooting in the enchanting flea markets. Jackie loves the stuff there so every time the director says "Cut!" she runs to the stalls to buy some jewellery and knick-knacks! —HRM

How you say it, matters

In what could be an invaluable advice to salesmen and politicians, a new study has found that when it comes to persuasion, the secret is not what you say — but how you actually say it.

Researchers, led by the University of Michigan, have carried out the study and found that the key of talking someone round to your view depends on how fast you speak.

In fact, the researchers have based their findings on an analysis of 1,400 cold sales calls which they monitored.Cold callers who spoke moderately quickly — at a rate of around 3.5 words a second or 210 a minute — were the most successful at convincing people to take part in a telephone survey, the findings revealed.

However, speaking too quickly made people feel the caller was trying to fool them, while those who talked too slowly were branded stupid, the study found.

The researchers also found those who paused four or five times a minute were more successful.Dr Jose Benki, who led the research, said using brief pauses gave the impression the speaker was talking from the heart rather than reading off a script. — PTI 

  astro turf
P Khurrana

ARIES: Love stars achieve steady glow. Routine work will be neglected. Work conditions will continue to be favorable. Students will enjoy their studies and make some very valuable friends as well. Answers to problems can amaze you with their simplicity. Tarot Message: Watch your tendency to overspend the budget. Lucky colour: Navy Blue. Magic Number: 25

TAURUS: Settle legal tangles through compromise. Be cautious while dealing with business partner. Treat your possessions with great care and they will serve you well. The efforts you make for your property will pay off. This is also a good day to go bargain hunting. Tarot Message: Don’t bite off more than you can chew. Lucky colour: Red.Magic Number: 64

GEMINI: An important piece of news comes through mail. Be aware of your words and actions. An issue over money may cause problems. A small windfall might solve your financial difficulties. But if you are wise, you will look at possible investments to improve your future. Tarot Message: Take help of yoga to overcome your anxiety. Lucky colour: Black. Magic Number: 50

CANCER: Realize your potential. A relative creates a problem. Students will get more job satisfaction from creative work. This is the time to start new projects and implement plans. Tie up the loose ends of contracts, writing assignments and software programs. You may be out on the road all day. Tarot Message: Concentrate on your routine work. Lucky colour: Turquoise. Magic Number: 40

LEO: There are changes today whether or not you are prepared for it. Marriage proposal is there though mail. You will be on the lookout for new experiences, perhaps new love. You will be impulsive and can overstep your budget. A lover’s quarrel might result in deeper understanding. Tarot Message: Results are guaranteed if you stick to arrangements. Lucky colour: Peach. Magic Number: 33.

VIRGO: Early morning irritability will disappear once you eat a good breakfast. Some of you might be working on a personal project. Young lovers might be wrapped in each other’s embrace, while old lovers might enjoy renewed passion. Seek professional advice before relying on gut feeling. Tarot Message: New offers must be put on hold. Lucky colour: Aqua. Magic Number: 56.

LIBRA: A splendid day. Lovers should expect a couple of surprises. A pressing appointment might be held up by all sorts of minor irritations. Do not lose your cool. A business agreement or contract may be approved, but still awaits finalisation. Tarot Message: You need to take frequent breaks at work. Lucky colour: Cream. Magic Number: 45

SCORPIO: Good friends and laughter are the stars today. Work can seem more like a social event, with fun-loving customers or a meeting of associates to train and discuss new business systems. You maybe welcoming a new family member. Tarot Message: Don't let anyone dictate what you should do. Lucky colour: Golden Brown. Magic Number: 61.

SAGITTARIUS: Your card reveals love, care and enthusiasm. Be kind to yourself and plan something special for yourself. Job seekers are likely to find full-time employment, which offers security. A secret love affair that has reached the depth of commitment . Tarot Message: Try to forget your failures and mistakes. Lucky colour: Orange. Magic Number: 58.

CAPRICORN: Look forward to a productive day. Hard work should be paying off. You can start to gain the financial freedom you have been working towards. Communication difficulties may be a blessing in disguise, leaving you alone to get your work done. Tarot Message: Stay grounded and practical. Lucky colour: Yellow. Magic Number: 43

AQUARIUS: Act with initiative and independence. Financial transactions are favorable. You are trying very hard to improve your appearance and well-being. A membership in the local gym might be on the cards. Social interactions are starred later in the day. Tarot Message: Go slow and reaffirm your boundaries. Lucky colour: Yellow. Magic Number: 32.

PISCES: Harmonious trends prevail, although the morning could be a bit tricky. Luck and good fortune look like they’ll be following you today, so this is great time to get into these projects you love. Relationships are at the top of your list. Tarot Message: Take one step at a time to climb the ladder of success. Lucky colour: Crimson. Magic Number: 51

  chatter box

Back in kitchen

Knife point: Ronit Roy 

Busybee Ronit Roy will be back hosting the famous cookery show Kitchen Champion on Colors. The actor-host will be accompanied by 12 beautiful ladies from the television world namely Dia and Jahnvi of Na Aana Is Des Laado, Parul Chauhan, Anandi aka Pratuysha, Neha Marda, Devki of Mukti Bandhan and more. The show has an interesting concept. Having hosted all three seasons, Ronit is looking forward to Kitchen Champion 4.

Why you should watch it: Kitchen politics and competition of a different kind with a fun-loving Ronit Roy.

Launching on May 23 at 1pm.

Hamari Saas Leela

Back on the saas brigade, producer Asit Modi's new show on Colors features the very famous saas—Apara Mehta. She is back with a bang in Hamari Saas Leela, a new show based on the life of a Gujarati family, where Apara plays the protagonist Leela, who has a middle-class upbringing. Unlike her previous roles, she doesn't play a grey character but projects the qualities of a woman who has faced tough times in life, but now is rich! She plays a loved mother who is searching for perfect bahus for her four adorable sons!

Why you should watch it: For the brilliant Apara Mehta and producer Asit Modi who gave the super hit Tarak Mehta.

Launching at 30 May, Monday-Friday at 7pm.


Idol situation: Sonu Nigam

After Indian Idol, Sony Entertainment Television brings yet another musical reality show—X-Factor. Sony brings the desi version of X-Factor which is a hit musical reality show in the US. This Indian version is touted as the channel's biggest show ever. With reality shows bringing in mega bucks in India, Sony TV is betting a lot on this show especially after Indian Idol. The show has Sonu Nigam an accomplished and celebrated singer, as judge along with producer director Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The third judge is the talented singer Shreya Ghoshal. Aditya Narayan will host the show.

Why you should watch it: for the S-factor, three judges who are supremely talented.

Launching on May 29 at 9pm and then on every Friday - Saturday at 9pm on Sony.

Li'l Champs

After Dance Ke Superstars, Zee TV is gearing up for the next season of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Li'l Champs. Joining the show as judges is the Kashmiri Indian pop singer, Kailash Kher, and the actor composer from Pakistan, Adnan Sami.

Ishaan Kashyap aka Jay Soni, of Sasural Genda Phool will host the show along with talented kids Afsha Musani and Dhairya Sonecha, the li'l anchors of 2009.

Why you should watch it: For Jay Soni's debut as host and talented kids.

Launching on the 1st week June on Zee.

Sach Ka Samna

Facing the truth: Rajeev Khandelwal 

The super hit show, Sach Ka Saamna, which courted many controversies, will be back with a rocking second season. Instead of Star Plus, the show will air on Star One, with the dashing actor cum host Rajeev Khandelwal playing host for the second time in this Siddharth Basu's Big Synergy production.

The desi version of Moment Of Truth, with Rs 1crore prize money, had a great first run with the show opening with 4.9 points. Why you should watch it: Interesting concept and dishy Rajeev Khandelwal.


The year ahead
Madan Gupta Spatu

If your birthday is May 21...

Over the next few months Jupiter and Saturn will offer both sensuality and pragmatism - an unusual combination - but one that's sure to make your life much more comfortable, enjoyable and romantic. In July, you will become very practical. You couldn't ask for a better time for a total makeover, either for yourself or your home or both! September will bring a pleasant alignment in your business or service. A perfect tuning with a partner, spouse, friend or even boss or colleagues is on the cards. You'll feel a bit more romantic than usual and you are likely to experience moments here and there of near-bliss! January 2012 is the best time to focus on areas where you and your partner are sure to see eye-to-eye; try to push everything else aside for another calm day. With certain more planets lining up, the time is right to boost your love life or improve your married life. 

Aditi Gowitrikar (May 21, 1976, Mumbai) is a model, actress and a physician. She was selected Mrs World. She started her career as a model after winning the Gladrags contest in 1996.

She has done notable roles in many Hindi as well as South Indian films and has also done several commercials. She has won the Asian Super Model Contest (1997), Gladrags Contest, Mrs World (2001). She has also appeared on the Indian Elle magazine's cover in 1999. Born under Gemini sign, 2011-12 promises some extra shots for her.

beat it 


Song - Loosing My religion

Artist - REM

Genre - Rock

For those who are addicted to rock, this is a favourite song of many, including me. Once this track reaches your playlist, it has the ability to just stay there. Moreover, the music and lyrics are commendable too.

(As told to Manpriya Khurana)

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