To WEST, with love
The cast and crew of West is West, in Chandigarh on a promotional tour, are bowled over by Punjabi hospitality
Ashima Sehajpal

Leslee, Om Puri, Ila Arun and Satish Kaushik
Team WOrk: (L-R) Leslee, Om Puri, Ila Arun and Satish Kaushik

A typical press conference never looked like this. Bouncers were amiss, there was no area condoned off for the celebrities; till now, what has always been the privilege of scribes was being enjoyed by the residents of Jayanti Majri, who occupied the front rows.

So, we gingerly entered the hall and found some space, from where we could manage to interview the cast of West is West — Om Puri, Ila Arun, Raj Bhansali and the producer Leslee Udwin. Entered the cast, (minus the trademark attitude of celebrities), Om Puri and Ila Arun, with the former taking the initiative to greet people — Jo Bole So Nihaal… and Ila taking it forward, "So, our village has relocated to the hall number two of Fun Republic." And it seemed true, for villagers were present to attend the screening of the premier of West is West.

"We shot the movie in their village; residents helped us give it a real rustic feel. The movie is by them and for them," Leslee clears the picture. She was also in Chandigarh, along with the cast, to promote the film.

The much-awaited sequel to East is East; the film has shifted its base to Punjab. It's George Khan's (Om Puri's) last attempt to make his son understand the value of roots, traditions, and religion, which introduces Mrs Khan (Ila Arun, the first wife). "The movie is about how George realises that it's him who has to change his approach towards life," informs Leslee. Set in 1975, the movie basically addresses the issue of identity crisis, which Om Puri feels is still a matter of concern. "Even today when Indians go to countries in the West, it takes time for people there to accept them. Times have changed, but certain issues are still relevant."

However, out of all, it was Ila Arun who had to make the maximum effort. She didn't know Punjabi language at all and Om Puri then suggested that she should speak her dialogues in Urdu. "But I realised that if not in chaste Punjabi, I wouldn't be able to do justice to the role of a wife rejected by her husband." She learnt the language in the next two months, "I was thus able to emote pain, agony at the best. The character will somehow mirror the feelings of women who have been through the pain of rejection, across the world." She cited the example of the scene in which the two wives of George Khan confront each other. "There is of course a language barrier but still the two women could explain their grudges against each other. As I told you, I am not just playing a character but representing women."

Well, it wasn't just Ila who learnt Punjabi, Leslee interacted mostly in Punjabi and couldn't stop thanking the people of Jayanti Majri. "I haven't met such hospitable people in my entire life before. It's pay back time now. And may be I'll be able to do that to some extent with a special screening of the movie." She even got emotional, "It's a movie that narrates the tragic story of George Khan with a lot of humour."

The film has grossed 4.5 million dollars in the UK so far. And after Leslee shares this information, Om Puri chips in, "This it is the most important promotional trip for the film. People of Punjab will be best able to relate to the subject." And the next reaction was quite expected, a huge round of applause from the villagers of Jayanti Majri. We too joined it happily!

Youth On Move

It was a topic inevitable. Considering the current scenario in our country, where raising a voice against corruption amounts to crime, we knew the topic would spring up. Om Puri started on corruption, black money in Swiss banks and the present government. "Anybody taking a stand against corruption is a national hero today. Be it Baba Ramdev or a certain political party, means are not important… only the end matters." He opined that the movement against corruption has also changed the perception of youth. "I always thought that it's only cricket, beer and motorbikes that matter to youngsters, but the way they have taken part in the initiative against corruption is overwhelming. Political parties should understand that people in India forgive but don't forget. It's time to turn the tables." 

Sequel No.3

After East is East and West is West, the final and the third sequel already being planned is West meets East. Om Puri is positive about the potential of the trilogy and so is Ila Arun. Also on the cards for Om Puri is Love Express and Khaab. Ila Arun will keep herself busy with Aagah, a film by Ka ran Razdaan and a few plays.

Breaking ground
Karmjit Anmol, who is part of Hollywood project West is West, along with renowned actor Om Puri, says he has learnt a lot from how senior actors handled their roles
Anuradha Shukla

Singer, TV personality and actor Karmjit Anmol is thrilled. And he has reasons to be, as he is part of the most awaited Hollywood project West is West along with none other than actor Om Puri. As the film, a sequel to East is East, comes out for audience vote, Anmol says he has just reached the first step in his career and has a lot more to learn. Anmol, a familiar face in Punjabi TV and music industry, belongs to Ganduan village in Sunam town, Sangrur district, and presently lives in Mohali.

One thing he embraced while shooting for the film was the discipline and honesty with which the crew handled the project. "Acting is about discipline, mental, spiritual as well as physical," says the singer also known for his soulful voice. He plays the role of Om Puri's nephew from his Pakistan-based family. "The subject of the film is very close to the hearts of Punjabis. The pain of families separated due to migration makes it so," he feels.

"I shot for the film for 12 days at locales around Chandigarh and was bowled over by the punctuality and discipline of the crew. The timing, cleanliness on the sets and of course working with Om Puri, I could not have asked for more," says the actor who also starred in Dev D.

He did earn his place as part of the project through a gruelling audition. "I was very excited when I learnt that I was selected for the role."

Besides discipline, Anmol says he picked up a lot from the manner in which senior actors handled their roles. Did he improvise on his acting? "There was no scope of improvisation. Everything was meticulously detailed. We had to go strictly by the script."

And did he have to train for his role? "I had to, as my English language skills were weak. I am afraid of English more than I am of death," he laughs.

Well, all the training went well as the shooting progressed and he enacted the journey of a man who visits the land of his roots after decades and comes face to face with the new realities of what was once his home. "The film portrays how the families feel and what they have to go through, a re-introduction of sorts," says Anmol.

Can he be described as an actor now? "No, I am both," pat comes the reply. "I have done several Punjabi projects — Layi Lagg, Chakk Jawana and Mitti. Besides films he is also involved with serials like Hasde Hasaunde Raho and Desi Talk. Obama Tere Desh Mein is his next serial about Punjabis wanting to go and settle abroad. "The film is close to the Punjabi psyche; going through the trauma and pain of divided families," says Anmol. For now, he is focussing on forming a new band. Before that his new music CD will be out and Jinhe Mera Dil Luteya from the production house Tips is next on his list.

Umesh Dewan & Aman Sood

Katrina Kaif
Katrina Kaif
Saif Ali Khan
Saif Ali Khan

With its ancient buildings and beautiful gardens, Patiala has become a preferred choice of many directors of not only Punjabi films, but also Bollywood flicks.

Magnificent forts and historical buildings like Qila Mubarak, Sheesh Mahal, Moti Bagh Palace and Baradari Gardens, Patiala is certainly drawing the attention of Bollywood stars as well. In the last couple of years, Saif Ali Khan, Katrina Kaif, Shahid Kapoor, Deols, Kareena Kapoor and Salman Khan have visited the city for shooting. In the last one year, five Bollywood and Punjabi movies — Yamla Pagla Deewana, Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, Lions of Punjab, Ek Kabaddi Ek Mohabbat and Mausam were shot in Patiala and its vicinity. The latest Bollywood guest is Salman Khan, who is currently shooting for his movie Bodyguard. According to sources, Salman is likely to shoot a small sequence of the movie in the historical fort of Qila Mubarak and a two-day sequence at the railway station. "We have the necessary permission and if all goes well, the shooting will be complete by mid-June," he says.

The reasons behind this sudden spurt of movies that are being shot in Patiala include cost-effectiveness and exotic locales, among others. The shooting of Dharmendra's home production Yamla Pagla Deewana was held in Baghrian village in an old house owned by Mai Roop Kaur. "We have received many more such offers, including one from Hollywood. Punjab's rich culture is attracting everyone," says Roop's husband Jujhar Singh.

Karan’s back in action

Popular show on Star One Dill Mill Gayye went off air, the handsome hunk Karan Singh Grover aka Dr Armaan has been away from action. He is all set to return with Channel V's Dil Dosti and Dance produced by Cinevistaas. Karan will make a guest appearance in Dil Dosti and Dance as a celebrity judge for a competition between boys and girls. He will be present to promote his show Perfect Couple on Channel V. 

Love in Thailand

Shveta Salve recently got engaged to her boyfriend Harmeet Sethi, but the couple's tightlipped about it. Harmeet proposed to Shveta when they were on a vacation in Thailand last month and it was a very spontaneous decision to get engaged.

Different films don’t always work: Arunoday

Bollywood actor Arunoday Singh, who began his career with a negative role in Sikander, feels that experimentation in Bollywood is not always successful. “Experimentation can only help if a film is made in a right way. One can’t do experiments just because others are doing it. Also, it’s not necessary that so-called hatke film will turn out to be good,” said Arunoday, grandson of late Congress leader Arjun Singh. “I have seen some terrible commercial movies which changed my definition of good cinema. Only if the cinema is good in terms of the script, then only it can work. Say something through cinema and you will not be disappointed,” he added.

Arunoday started his acting career with a negative role in Piyush Jha’s 2009 release Sikandar followed by Aisha and Mirch. He was last seen in Sudhir Mishra’s Yeh Saali Zindagi (YSZ) where he was paired with Aditi Roy Hydari. The actor says it is unfortunate that a movie with no story and cinematic value sells and talented filmmakers get wasted because of the lack of a support system.

“Though Bollywood has some amazing filmmakers, they lack a support system. There are many films which have no script and cinematic quality and still they earn a million bucks. Till the time such films are there, smaller and more descent movies will never get support,” said Arunoday. He is currently shooting for director Ishraq Shah’s Ek Aur Admi, a political drama set in a small village near Udaipur. It also features Kittu Gidwani, Raghubir Yadav and new face Angira Dhar.

“I play a young Muslim guy called Munna Siddhiqui. Ishraq approached me after YSZ and asked me to play the male lead. I heard his narration and was infected by his enthusiasm. I liked the script, so I said yes,” he said. The 30-year-old, who enrolled himself in an acting school in New York before joining Bollywood, says proper education is a must. “A proper education is needed anywhere. Yes, some people have a natural gift for acting while others need to work on it. I needed to work at it and for me theatre was helpful. I would never been able to do anything with the character in Ek Bura Aadmi if I hadn’t done the theatre before,” said Arunoday who is currently looking forward to the release of Vivek Agnihotri’s Buddha in a Traffic Jam. —IANS

Miss goody two shoes

Awards ceremonies generally have not been known for promoting wholesome values with shows like Skins and Jersey Shore, but actress Reese Witherspoon’s words of wisdom that she sent to her female fans and fellow screen stars during the awards ceremony certainly proved to be a refreshing change.

“I get it, girls, that it’s cool to be a bad girl. But it is possible to make it in Hollywood without doing a reality show. When I came up in this business, if you made a sex tape, you were embarrassed and you hid it under your bed,” a news channel quoted the 35-year-old as telling the audience as she accepted the MTV Generation Award at the Los Angeles-taped show. “And if you took naked pictures of yourself on your cell phone, you hide your face, people!” Hide your face!” she said. The Walk the Line star ended her speech by vowing to make ‘good’ behaviour a predominant Tinseltown trend. “So, for all the girls out there, it’s totally possible to be a good girl. I’m going to try to make it cool,” she added. —ANI

Weight watch

Hollywood star Jennifer Hudson, who lost a whopping 80lbs in two years, now wants to inspire people who are coping with weight loss by sharing tips from her diet regime. The 29-year-old will be writing a book sharing her best tips to lose weight and about how her unhealthy eating habits began at an early age, reported a publication. “Jennifer wants to inspire anyone coping with weight issues, share some of her own best tips for losing and maintaining weight loss, fitting in exercise and keeping it fun,” said the publishing house, Dutton, who will release the book in January 2012.

The Dreamgirls star’s memoir will detail “experiences about growing up in an environment where healthy living was not a priority,” and also touch on her weight issues while she competed in American Idol. Hudson, who has a 21-month-old son, David Jr, with fiance David Otunga, previously stated that she still finds it difficult to embrace her new physique. “I’m still not used to my new self yet, so I’m figuring out who I am right now. Like, how do I want to be perceived? Who am I? Along with a physical change, it is also a mental change, so my mind has to play, catch up with what everybody else sees. I haven’t got there yet. I go shopping and pick up an outfit in an extra-large or large. Physically I might be right, but not mentally,” Hudson said. —PTI

Man Friday

Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia D’souza have not made their relationship official but Genelia consults Riteish on everything, big and small. No decision in her life is made without him be it signing films, changing her wall colour, etc. — HRM

Scarlett Johansson Reunion tour

They had called it quits a few days ago but Hollywood couple Sean Penn and Scarlett Johansson have sparked rumours of a re-union after they posed together backstage at a recent award function. Penn, 50 and Johansson, 26, who dated for four months, announced their split earlier this week. — PTI
Still together: Scarlett Johansson

the ‘in’ side
Bar bar dekho…

A bar at home is an ideal place to entertain your friends or retire to at the end of a busy day. Here are some tips to make it an interesting place to chill:

  • Decide where you want your bar. It can be in the basement, garage, living room or in a separate unused room.
  • Pick a theme like a rustic bar, modern sleek bar or a casino theme and work accordingly.
  • Select building materials according to the theme. Use wood in a rustic bar or glass and stainless steel in a modern theme.
  • Decide if you want a fixed bar, portable bar, wet or dry bar. In case of a wet bar get the plumbing and drainage done accordingly.
  • If you have a fixed bar, you should also consider a back bar to display all your glassware and spirit collections.
  • In case of a canopy bar, give proper detailing to the canopy and pillars.
  • Ideally a bar counter should be at the height of 43inches and the stools at 28-30 inches. The depth can vary according to space available.
  • For the counter top you can choose from marble, granite or quartz.
  • Install hand rail and foot rail to the counter. The foot rail must be at least 6-8 inches off the ground.
  • Add proper storage and bar essentials like a refrigerator, mixers and stem glass holders.
  • Use pendant lights over the counter and keep the lighting dim.
  • If installing a TV or an audio system in the bar, make sure it is properly integrated.
  • Give importance to seating. Ideally bar stools are placed two feet apart from one another. If you have space add more seating in the room.
  • Accessorise the bar with decanters, ice buckets and coasters that match the theme you have picked.
  • If space allows, add a pool table and other home gaming options.
  • To give your bar a personal touch you should give it a name.

(Sukhmani is Chandigarh-based interior and landscape designer)

Put your feet up
Anil Juneja

"Sarva" means the whole; "Anga" means body or limb. Hence, the "Sarvanga" is the whole body, all the limbs. The name is derived from the fact that the whole body benefits from this posture. It is one of the many inverted poses of yoga, all of which are extremely beneficial. Inverted poses help to tone and stretch the body by working against the force of gravity. There are many health benefits of practicing this pose on a regular basis. Sarvangasana helps promote good circulation, as it directs the flow of the entire lower body towards the heart. This asana also helps prevent and reduce varicose veins by reducing the pressure on the legs and directing blood clogged in the veins upwards to the heart. Usually the heart has to work hard to ensure blood gets pushed upward to the brain. During Sarvangasana the heart gets relief as the blood is directly relayed to the brain. This asana calms the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression. Sarvangasana has positive effects on the thyroid and the parathyroid glands. This asana pushes healthy, oxygen-rich blood directly into the neck, strengthening the thyroid glands. The regular practice of Sarvangasana provides effective massage to all the organs of the throat including the pharynx and the larynx and this asana boosts the functioning of the vocal cords also. This posture is especially effective in cutting down fat on the thighs, abdomen and the pelvic region. Sarvangasana is most ideal for people engaged in sedentary occupations.

To start with, lie flat on the floor, on your back. The arms should rest along the sides, palms downwards. Exhale once and lift your legs up 30, then 60, then 90 and then around 130 degrees so they are extended behind your head. Hold this position for a few seconds and breathe normally. Then exhale, bring the legs to 90 degrees and raise the buttocks. Use your palms to support your back, but keep the elbows on the ground. Gradually lift the body higher and move your hands up to support the shoulder blades. Your elbows may tend to move outwards but try to keep them close so they are straight in line with your shoulders. The shoulders, hips and feet should be properly aligned. Sarvangasana is a shoulder stand; push your back towards your face so that your body should be resting on your shoulders and not on your back. Hold this position for as long as possible and breathe normally.

Women should be careful as it reverses the menstrual flow due to inversion. In case you have any problems such as blood pressure, glaucoma, hernia, cardiovascular disease, cervical, neck injuries, thrombosis and kidney problems consult a qualified yoga teacher first!

(Juneja is a Chandigarh-based yoga and fitness expert)

Fight the battle
Simmi Waraich

My husband and I have had problems ever since our wedding. I stayed separately for some time too. He controls everything, including finances; he does not socialise and does not have any friends himself. He has also banned us from meeting my side of the family. He is in a good position and none can tell at work that he is like this. He and I hardly talk and he tries to manipulate the children. He is very rude to me and often abusive. My son has depression. My parents are always willing to support me and I am working. How can I help my son?

Avantika, Mohali

I think you have answered the question already. A marriage is a contract between two people and in India between two families where the husband and wife care for and respect each other. Often children who grow up in an environment where there is mental or physical abuse have problems as they learn what they see and at times, they may even go ahead and repeat that pattern of interaction in their relationships. Often such decisions are difficult to take but the main thing is to be strong, stand up for yourself and your rights because that is what your children will learn too. Discuss with your parents and implement the suggestions. Also get legal advice. This is the best help you can give to your son. Face the problem rather than avoiding it and living like this.

Teen trouble

My son who is 16 years old is in school but he has been missing classes. He stays out with a few friends and I have found some capsules and tablets in his possession. He takes the driver and I let him so that at least I know where they are. What can I do?

Gurmeet Kaur, Panchkula

At times we keep worrying and anticipate the worst and therefore do not face the problem. One day, we all have to face the truth and the earlier he and you do that the better for him. If you give him privileges, he needs to learn to respect them. Besides it is at this early age that one should take care or else it can become a chronic problem for life. Confront him with your husband, insist on treatment and remember, treatment needs to be regular even after he is detoxified. He is only 16 years old. At this age he may not be mature enough to make the right decisions. Teenagers need rules in life just like adults do. In families where limits are set and clear, children grow up to respect rules and follow them. Only then will they be able to focus on important things and be responsible individuals. Being strict is not being harsh-it is teaching children to be better persons and citizens. Get him detoxified first on a priority basis.

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

Reach out to the Universe

If we understand that the soul, like the universe, is indestructible, it follows then that the soul's journey never ends. But in our physical life as human beings, we have a chance to experience stages of this infinite process. There is no better way to experience this than a trek in the mountains. Plodding through my everyday existence-earning a livelihood, absorbed in materiality both within and outside - was like trudging wearily through the fields of the plains or the hard streets of urban jungles. Then I came across guides who pointed in a different direction - towards the hills.

Their insights and teachings, which I practiced, were like the cool air, the green heights with playful wisps of clouds around them, that one experiences as one ascends slowly up a mountain. My soul's journey had nights and days of intense loneliness and pain like the darkness and hidden terrors of a remote mountain forest.

As poet Hopkins wrote about such moments: `O the mind has mountains/cliffs of fall…' and there were times when the sense of alienation hit its lowest low, when its companions - despair, sorrow, anger - unfolded like valley after valley, trench after dangerous trench. Even now when I scale a peak (which I think is a victory but is actually the peak of my ignorance), the foot slips and I hurtle downwards into a ravine.

Then a blessing has always come, in some form - plant, animal, or human- and has taken me by the hand, helped me struggle out of the ditch of alienation and fear, and taught me to love again.

At this point, the heart has cried out, not in pain, but in gratitude. And such is the joy that it cannot be described - except by narrating how, when I stumbled up the last few steps of the climb to Hemkunt Sahib, my bleary eyes fell upon a blue lake surrounded 360 degrees by high snowy peaks. Iridescent, shining colours bounced off the tops of these peaks and deep sonorous sound was heard. I lay on the snow and wept, my tears mingling with the glacial crystal of the hallowed earth, I bathed in the icy waters of repentance, I ate the lentils-and-rice of grace. I learnt that I was forgiven and could forgive.

But we all climb down from that mountain - another way of saying that the journey goes on. See how the rivers rush down in haste from the glaciers to the plains below. So do we. Like others, I too regress into old patterns, but the difference from the earlier times is that I have learnt the truth about my desires, and I know better what my soul most rejoices in. And I know that at any time I can freely choose that state of being. And if I am not always in that state, the limitation is mine and mine alone.

(Pushpinder Syal, Professor, Department of English, Punjab University, shares what spirituality means to her)

Hold and behold
A belt does more than hold your pants up as in its new avatar it is a vital fashion accessory
Anu Gogna

Belts have been a fashion statement for a long time- no one really uses them to hold their pants up anymore, well that is considered uncouth these days! For this season accentuate your waist with a wide belt or add a chic look with an empire waist belt. They give you an amazing silhouette.

Wide fashion belts offer a dramatic look since they provide your body with an hour-glass brace. The belts vary from the flexible to leather and fabric range and from basics to corsage belts.

What and where to wear

Use textured, cut leather belts or woven waist belts in order to provide definition to a day dress and studded leather belts in order to increase the allure of a sheath dress.

Can be worn with tunics, one piece dresses, loose tees, and buttoned-up shirts.

The popular colours this season are dark red, vibrant pink, white, black, purple and nude colours brown, beige

Mind it

Stay away from other accessories when wearing a broad belt. Keep it simple.

Since it is summer time, so go for nude colors rather than vibrant colors. But if you partying around there is no offence adding to heat by wearing hot colors; like red, magenta and purple.

Traced in the Market

If you are brand savvy, then Esprit provides a range of basic, leather and jute belts; NY City-17 has all the vibrant corsage belts and floral belts.

Inspiration behind DK Bose?

Dolly Bindra's quick temper and expletive ridden language on Bigg Boss 4 inspired catfights and tears. But, as it turns out, her foul mouth also inspired a song and it's none other than the grunge rock number Bhaag DK Bose from the Imran Khan starrer Delhi Belly. Now, the chart-topper Bhaag... has raised eyebrows ever since it came out, and become quite a rage as well. But, Dolly Bindra's expletive-spewing stint on Bigg Boss, from which the song was inspired, was not even half as popular.

chatter box
Star mantras
Rules, discipline, routines exist in everyone's life. Some live by them and some are governed by them. We ask stars what is the one mantra that they live by. Here's what they had to say.

Mona Singh

Live and let live. I know it is an old clichéd statement. I don't like people interfering in my business as I never interfere in anyone's life. I like doing things my own way and enjoy being happy. I take each day as it comes.

Arjun Bijalni

Be positive. I believe whatever happens, happens for the best. We do always ponder and worry about things but we should realise that man proposes and God disposes. We have no control over things that happen for no rhyme or reason, so we should accept them as fate or destiny and make the best of it. Crying over spilt milk serves no purpose.

Pavitra Punia

You should love your self and your life. Live it to the fullest like me and totally love your zindagi. We pander to the needs of people and forget that our first responsibility is towards ourselves. If we are happy then we can keep everyone around us happy. We should look after ourselves, spend time doing what we feel like, what cheers us up and nourishes our soul.

Ankita Lokanhde

Make someone happy, make someone smile. Everyone has things to be thankful for in life. You might have little or more money but it takes very little to make someone happy or smile. We should try and spread smiles and that's what I do when I can.

Nishant Malkani

Live in the moment but plan for the future. Most people live in the past and keep reliving it. They forget what is more important, what is their present and future. Sure you should learn from mistakes in your past but not get stuck there. Move on and make the best of today.

Shekhar Suman

My mantra is to learn more everyday. With new challenges and lessons in life, there are new avenues for one to explore. When you do the same routine it gets to you after a point.

Any new activity brings freshness and vigour in life. I try to pick up something new to do every once in a while.

Last year, it was dancing and Jhalak Dikhla Jaa was perfect for me. I had super fun dancing.

I plan to continue my training in dance. I want to learn more and maybe someday get some major dance competition worldwide.

astro turf 
P Khurrana

ARIES: You win over one enemy or adversary. Family life is charged with tension. Financially the first half of the day will be 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

TAURUS: Those who are more spiritually inclined or who want to stay calm are likely in search of solitude. Love life is passing through a rough phase. A feel-good humour and cosmic wisdom will weave into your affairs. Kindness and compassion are spreading around you. Tarot message: Be positive and think carefully before taking action. Lucky colour: Turquoise Magic Number: 42

GEMINI: Your card “The Universe” favours good progress in your profession and business. Be wary of a situation where it would be easy to make a mistake in haste. Distant affairs will become more favourable as the day progress. Useful day for tackling household repairs. Tarot Message: Do not let anyone get the advantage over you. Lucky colour: Bottle Green. Magic Number:25

CANCER:You card “The Moon” reveals romantic interest. Fortune can smile on you from the least expected sources. Don’t rely on luck alone, though. Money will be very important to you today. Health problem can be satisfactorily treated. Tarot Message: Don’t be too certain about obtain a learance. Lucky colour: Purple. Magic Number: 38.

LEO: Dress for success to make a great impression on employers. Style is everything now, so it is important to stay abreast of the latest fashions. Enjoy being noticed and acknowledged. Contact your parents if you have not called or seen them lately. Tarot Message: Do not swing away from the course you have charted so far. Lucky colour: Yellow.Magic Number: 29.

VIRGO: Fresh strategies are in order but initially they may be somewhat hit-and-miss as you iron the bugs. Speculation will be most unwise. No problem should arise in romance. You will feel great with your renewed energy. Get a good night’s sleep when the day is done. Tarot Message: Capitalise on your strength and do not trust others. Lucky colour: range. Magic Number: 60.

LIBRA: Boring routine jobs can be made more bearable through teamwork. A level of stress may be building, especially if you face unpaid bills or financial issues are weighing on your mind. Keep your head cool and avoid confrontation as far as possible. Tarot Message: Focus on better to mitigate the bitter. Lucky colour: Black. Magic Number: 59.

SCORPIO: Many of you will scurry to be on time, frantically trying to complete all tasks on full to-do lists before the day is out. Make extra efforts to conclude pending projects. Secrecy of plans will help you at place of work. Recover old dues. Tarot Message: Wait & watch Impatience will lead to failure. Lucky Colour: Cream. Magic Number: 54.

SAGITTARIUS: Caring conversations and heart-to-heart talks flow easily. Keep confidence that have been entrusted to you. Health problem can be successfully handled. Stick to what you know. Don’t be over-confident or reckless. Tarot Message: Unfinished business will unleash new problems.Lucky colour: Grey. Magic Number: 39.

CAPRICORN: A burst of domestic enthusiasm can sweep into cleaning and decorating your home. Married couples will enjoy evening in a different way. Feeling fit and healthy can only add to your confidence in your abilities. Tarot Message: You need to cultivate understanding & humility. Lucky color: Ebony. Magic Number: 63.

AQUARIUS: It is important to be good to everyone. Do not compromise on financial issues. Bright day for intellectuals, writers, advocates and astrologers. Love life runs into trouble. Private employees: expect wage increase. Have no worries. Tarot Message: Don’t waste money by financing the trip yourself. Lucky color: Saffron. Magic Number: 27.

PISCES: If you are not okay about a relationship finance or career issues, take positive action rather than stewing about it. Keep a low profile and bide your time. A Taurean lover figures prominently. Just enjoy yourself.Tarot Message: Dare to accomplish those tasks which normally take up a lot of time. Lucky colour: Camelish. Magic Number: 40.

the year ahead
Madan Gupta Spatu

If your birthday is June 9...

The number 9 people are compassionate, tolerant, benevolent, charming and idealistic. Known to take up humanitarian causes they have a highly developed intuition and spirituality. Business: On your birthday today, look for the right person for long term business advice. Career: If you focus well, you will be able to work faster than usual; will be dynamic and highly professional. Students should not be alarmed if you have not scored good rank in recent entrance tests. Family will have fun gatherings and social exposure ‘as a family’ is likely. Financial situation will be very good. So, your expenses will reduce to some extent. In friendship issues, some old chums may require financial help. Be safe before you lend. Health will be full of vitality and work spirit ,likely to do well in routine life. In matters of love, if you're not making a decision with sufficient information, it's easy to be befooled by someone. Lucky colours: Crimson, dark red. Lucky days: Your lucky days in 2011-12 will be Mondays and Tuesdays. A person in a position of power will be helpful. Poetry and literary gatherings will hold your interest this year. A satisfactory 2011-12 at home awaits you as children will present you with big moments of happiness. Old friends and relatives will pay you a visit during this year from abroad.

Sonam KapoorSonam Kapoor You share your birthday with Sonam Kapoor (June 9, 1985, Chembur) daughter of actor Anil Kapoor. Before she started her career as an actress she worked as an assistant under Sanjay Leela Bhansali. She assisted him for his film Black in 2005. Then she debuted with the film Saawariya in 2007, which flopped. In 2009 she starred in film Delhi-6 which again could not click at box office. Then in 2010 she appeared in film I Hate Luv Storys which became her first success on box office. Later she did another film Aisha. Numerologically, her prime number is 9. Her favourable numbers are in the series of 3, 6 and 9. Instead of 2011-12, she will be more successful in 2013.

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