Serial killers!
Ashima Sehajpal 

It's raining actors from Chandigarh! After Angad Hasija, Gurmeet Chaudhary and Harish Verma, there's another lot of youngsters who have shifted base to Mumbai in a bid to join the Indian television industry. They have gone through their bit of struggle, have done their share of hardwork and now have got their due in the industry. Here's getting to know some of the television stars who very recently made it to the small screen. 

Ashu Sharma
Hardwork pays

Background: A student of Department of Indian Theatre. I have also worked as a faculty member at the ITFT.

Career graph: A cameo in Dev D and Teen Paati, in which I shared screen space with Amitabh Bachchan. I also have a lot of commercials to my credit.

Shot to fame: I will be seen playing the role of Satinder Bhardwaj in the serial Sasuraal Simar Ka.

Actor's diary: I always knew that it wasn't going to be a bed of roses in the television industry. When you have no godfather, you need a lot of patience to wait for the right break. Now, when I have got a parallel lead role, I'll make sure that my acting abilities get noticed. After all, I have done theatre for ten long years. I firmly believe that hardwork never goes in vain.

Dream role: Pankaj Kapoor's role in Office Office. Nasseruddin Shah's role in Mirza Ghalib.

Ranjan Sehgal
Luck counts

Background: Masters in theatre from Department of Indian Theatre. I have also done theatre with Rani Balbir Kaur and Umesh Kant.

Career graph: Before getting a break with a role in Sabki Ladli Bebo, I did a few TV commercials.

Shot to fame: I got a parallel lead role in Rishton Se Badi Pratha.

Actor's diary: In the glamour world, it all depends on luck. I have seen people landing up with a lead role within a month of their shifting to Mumbai from a small town. I have also seen people struggling for years. When I shifted to Mumbai, I took around 50 auditions in two months and then got my first break. It's all about being at the right place at the right time. But I have also realised that hardwork never goes waste, it will pay at some point of time.

Dream role: I would love to play Lord Krishna's role in the Mahabharta; the magnitude of the role in still unmatched. 

Rajesh Kumar Salhotra
Contacts matter

Background: Passed out from the Department of Indian Theatre in 2005. For two years, I worked with GS Channi's theatre group. 

Career graph: My first show was Mahima Shani Dev Ki. Next I got a chance in Vikram Betaal TV series. 

Shot to fame: I have bagged the parallel lead in Chandra Gupta Maurya. It is a dream come true to be a part of a historical show of such magnitude. 

Actor's diary: More than talents, what matters in the glamour industry are the right contacts. You can easily walk your way up if you know the right people. I figured it out and started socialising a lot, which helped me in getting roles in different series. Also, I didn't give up even in times when I had no work at all. Patience and commitment are the virtues an actor needs to sustain cut-throat competition. The general perception is that there are ample channels with over a hundred shows running on them, but the fact is that the number of aspiring actors is ten times the TV shows. 

Dream role: I wish I could bag the title role in Chandra Gupta Maurya. To play that character is any actor's dream come true. 

Gunjan Utreja

Background: I am a pass-out from Department of Indian Theatre. I was a professional actor before turning to TV.

Career Graph: I have hosted shows around the world. A couple of major ones are Asha Bhonsle's world tour and the Mumbai Marathon, which is the biggest sporting event in the country.

Shot to fame: I got to play the parallel lead in Jhajje Jhajje ka Pyaar. I immediately said yes to the role when it was offered to me because of the character of a happy-go-lucky boy, who helps people solve love problems.

Actor's diary: The biggest challenge for actors is to look good on screen despite the long working hours and hectic schedules. Getting work is easier than sustaining yourself in the industry, when you know hundreds of actors are ready to replace you. As an actor, you have to ensure that the audiences fall in the love with you. I have been able to connect with the audience, which probably popularised my character of a love guru.

Dream role: I am really lucky to have bagged a parallel lead role in Jhajje Jhajje Ka Pyaar. It's a dream come true for me.

ANIMATED to perfection
Animation expert Chandarshekhar Thanvi, in Chandigarh for a workshop, has high hopes from his upcoming venture Ra.One 
Vasudha Gupta

As promised, Day 2 of the workshop organised by the National School of Media had its tadka of fun. The workshop by an animation school translated into a great interactive activity for students, who could share ideas with experts of the animation industry.

One such expert invited to town is Chandarshekhar Thanvi, the head VFX Eros Eyeque studios, Mumbai. His journey into the animation world began nine years back, when he completed post-graduation in Advertising and Public Relations from the famous KC College, Mumbai. Chandarshekhar then went on to attach himself as a character animator in UTV. Post his stint in the field, he diversified and worked as a journalist.

However, Chandarshekhar returned to animation with Tata Elxsi and took on his first project — Roadside Romeo. It was only after he created his comfort zone in the field that he moved to the production house of Eros — Eyeqube studios. Now, four years into the system and with stints in Aladin, Veer, Chalo Dilli and now, the much-awaited animation extravaganza Ra.One, he knows he has made it in the field!

Sharing his experience, Chandarshekhar was quick to say, "Once Ra.One hits the screens in October, the Indian audience will be face-to-face with the quality attached to the animation industry now." Elaborating on the variation of work in Hollywood animation and the one closer home, Chandarshekhar says, "When you talk about Hollywood animation, the producers invest a lot of money and give time to the animation artists, while we in Bollywood work under stipulated time schedules." This, he says, spells havoc for quality animation. "Another major flaw is that animation experts struggle with lack of information on the latest technology."

Talking about tapping the underdogs, who post animated videos on Facebook and Youtube, Chandarshekhar says that festivals and expos help them understand the talent in the industry. "In several instances, we try to associate with fresh talent and absorb them in the longer run," he says. "Plus, if you are confident that you are good, nothing can deter you from reaching the pinnacle of success."

Presenting a casual look in jeans and a check shirt, donning a French beard, he shares notes on the genres in animation. "What you see in movies like Toonpur ka Superhero is computer graphics and Ra.One will be exemplary VFX graphics, also known as Video graphics. One will not be able to tell the difference between the real and the animated stuff," he explains.

With his roots in the royal city of Jodhpur in Rajasthan, this Mumbaikar wants to open his own production house in the longer run and ensure that valuable guidance is available to fresh talent. Stuff dreams are made of.

chatter box
New beginning for Manav and Archana 

Ardent fans of Zee TV's Pavitra Rishta, watch out for a big time leap on your favorite dinnertime soap! Yes, producer Ekta Kapoor has taken the remote control out of your hands and pressed the 'fast forward' button, taking the touching story of India's darlings Manav and Archana ahead by a whopping 4 years with a new look

An Indya source tells us that, "The ideal Indian lovers will now the proud parents of a tiny tot … and Manav has had a change of fortune … the very family that rescued him after his car accident observes him to be an honest, upright man and appoints him as a senior official in their construction business. Manav, once a mechanic, now takes home a pay-check of over a lakh a month! The progress and success of the Deshmukh family comes as a ray of hope to millions of fans across India who identify with and vicariously lead the lives of Manav-Archana."

Further our source from the channel said us that, "But then again, life wasn't meant to be that simple for this beautiful couple. With Archana's sister Varsha unable to conceive, Manav and Archana will be seen to have made the ultimate sacrifice of giving their own child in adoption to Varsha and Satish. On the other hand, following the death of Manav's younger brother Sachin, Manav and Archana will take on the responsibility of parenting his son. In the meantime wicked Manjusha continues to scheme and plot in order to drive her mother-in-law Sulochana out of the house. Not much has changed with Savita Tai either, who continues to be thirsty for material possessions. A surprise for the viewers will be the re-union of Vaishali and Dharmesh, who will be seen staying happily toget her despite having been shown to have opted for a divorce pre-leap."

We spoke to Archana aka Ankita Lokhande, "I just want to tell my fans just watch our new episodes and give us the same love and support."

We tried calling Sushant Singh Rajput but he didn't revert back to our calls.

To find out what lies in store for Manav and Archana, stay tuned to Pavitra Rishta every Monday to Friday at 9 PM on Zee TV.


Karan—Yashashri bond

Karan Godwan has recently entered Rang Badalti Odhani on STAR One but he and co-star Yashashri Masurkar get along like a house on fire. Both of them who are known to be pranksters on the set love pulling each others leg and laughing out loud. Yashashri laughs " Karan troubles me a lot and corrects everything that I say. On a serious note he is a very good guy and co-actor."It is nice to see co-stars bonding so well, we are sure some others can take tips from this duo. 

Filmi bonanza

Always Kabhi Kabhi

Director: Roshan Abbas

Cast: Giselli Monterio, Ali Fazal, Zoa Morani, Satyajit Dubey

With Always Kabhi Kabhi, Roshan Abbas the radio jockey, anchor, presenter and theatre artiste debuts in Bollywood as a director. Always Kabhi Kabhi is based on Roshan Abbas's 1999 play Graffiti about the life of high-school children.

Bin Bulaye Baraati

Director: Chandrakant Singh.

Cast: Aftab Shivdasani, Priyanka Kothari, Gulshan Grover, Om Puri

Bin Bulaye Barati is a comedy shot in Goa and Mumbai and has four item numbers. The film re-launches Aftab Shivdasani and Priyanka Kothari. After a long time a film has a villain (Gulshan Grover) who looks sinister, akin to Mogambo. Om Puri plays a cop.

Bheja Fry 2

Director: Sagar Bellary

Cast: Vinay Pathak, Minissha Lamba, Kay Kay Menon

After Bheja Fry, director Sagar Bellary is in the news again with sequel of Bheja Fry Bheja Fry 2. The film has Vinay Pathak, Minissha Lamba, Amol Gupte and Kay Kay Menon in the lead roles. Touted as Vinay Pathak's best performance, it is going to be worth the wait. Lets hope for another laughter riot.

Bhindi Bazar

Director: Ankush Bhatt

Cast: Vedita Singh, Kay Kay Menon, Pavan Malhotra

Debutant director Ankush Bhatt has come up with a realistic and gripping drama of pick-pocketers of south Mumbai's Bhindi Bazar. The film was shot in real Bhindi Bazar, a hard-core muslim area and a little scary for outsiders. The film stars Kay Kay Menon, Pavan Malhotra, Shilpa Shukla and Vedita Singh.

—Dharam Pal

Twist in Krishnaben Khakhrawala

Krishnaben is gearing up for her sons Illesh’s wedding with Bhoomi but Bhoomi's mother has set a condition that the residents of Ambawadi should not attend the wedding. Sources from the show reveal that the residents of Ambawadi will attend the wedding but in a different getup so that they are unrecognizable. Apparently all of them will dress up as Marwaris . Will they be caught? Well this certainly seems to be one exciting wedding.

Getting along well

Deepika Padukone is all set to hit the screens once again with Aarakshan, alongside Amitabh Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan, and Prateik. She is thrilled about working with Prakash Jha for the first time. The actress has just finished dubbing for Aarakshan, and will soon start promotions for the film. In the meanwhile, she is also enjoying the rains. The actress talks about rainy days, her movies, her domestic help, and everything in between.

What do you have to say about Aarakshan?

It's a wonderful film. Saif Ali Khan and my director, Prakash Jha, just love the film. Prakash Jha called me personally to say how much he liked my performance, and that I have exceeded all his expectations for the role he offered me. Saif too was happy with the way film has shaped up. Let's just hope the audiences like it as well.

Who are your best co-stars?

In terms of entertainment, it's Abhishek Bachchan, as he is fun to work with: very funny and a great actor too. I think I gel really well with Ranbir Kapoor and Imran Khan, as we belong to the same league. When you work with a senior actor, you maintain a distance and give them some respect, but Ranbir, Imran, and I really get along very well. We know each other: what's in our minds and what we want to do next.

Who is the best director you have worked till date?

All are really good, whether they are newcomers or established directors. I have worked with all of them - like Danish Aslam and Vijay Lalwani, who were new directors, and Farah Khan, Ashutosh Gowarikar, and Imtiaz Ali, who have made only a few films, but very successful ones. Everyone was great to work with. I would love to work with more directors. I share a great bond with every director I have worked with.

How much time do you spend on social networking sites?

Not much. I am a traditional person, so prefer speaking to the person whom I am missing. I still write letters, call my relatives, and friends. Social networking sites are for fans whom I can't meet every day.

You are an independent girl and manage your own home. Tell us about your maid and driver...

Yes, I am very much independent! My maid is super sweet, and takes good care of my home. She goes out in the evening to meet her friends, when she needs a break from work. Whatever she does, wherever she goes, she lets me know. My driver is very good too. I have been staying alone since the age of 20, so I have learnt to manage everything on my own.

It’s pouring cats and dogs these days. Do you like the rains?

I love the rains. I love having bhajias and tea on rainy days. I love wearing short dresses in the monsoons. I feel it is the best season for shorts.

Possible comeback

Abhishek Chaubey wants to sign on Madhuri Dixit for the sequel to Ishqiya. The film is titled Dedh Ishqiya. The original cast comprising Vidya Balan, Naseeruddin Shah, and Arshad Warsi remains intact and Madhuri, if she signs on, will be an addition.


Friends forever

Abhishek Bachchan and John Abraham get along very well. They are doing a series of movies together, along with the sequel to Dostana. Abhishek counts John and wife Ash as his favourite co-stars. They will produce films starring themselves as a pair either jointly or individually. They want to become the new hit pair in Bollywood.

Home sweet home 

Preity Zinta owns land in Shimla and wants to build her dream home over there. She is clear that her house has to be eco-friendly. Her plans have been postponed as she is getting her finances in order. She doesn't have the time to go there and supervise the building of the house either.

Perfect score

Aamir Khan's films usually have music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. They have successfully collaborated on Taare Zameen Par and Aamir's other productions have had music by AR Rahman and Ram Sampath. The music for Reema Kagti’s film will be scored by Ram Sampath.


Mr Conservative

Ranveer Singh was supposed to play KC in Shaitan. The character is essayed by Gulshan Devaiah. Ranveer was a struggling actor at that time and he was selected for the role. He opted out because of the sexually charged scenes of his character as his family had reservations against it. He has gone on to make a successful debut in Band Baaja Baaraat.

Rat race

Sonakshi Sinha is in the race to play Dawood's love interest in Ekta Kapoor's sequel to Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai. Akshay Kumar is playing Dawood. The female lead is based on Mandakini. Sonakshi might beat Katrina, Kareena, and Deepika to play the role.

Heady success

The success of Ready has gone to Asin's head. She and Neil Nitin Mukesh were thick friends. Lately, however, she has been avoiding him because he has not had a hit film in a while. We hope she mends ways with one of the few friends she has in Bollywood. — HRM

Orlando Bloom voted most stylish celebrity dad 

Hollywood actor Orlando Bloom, who has a five-month-old son Flynn with wife Miranda Kerr, has been crowned Most Stylish Celebrity Dad. The 34-year-old actor beats celebrities including soccer star David Beckham and actor Jude Law in an online poll, reported a website. "With Father's Day coming in the UK we wanted to put celebrity dads under the fashion spotlight. As a new dad, it was interesting to see Orlando Bloom fly straight into the charts and clinch the top spot as the most stylish celebrity dad. "The public evidently likes his eclectic style; and even though he beat David Beckham to the top spot, Beckham still managed to stay very near the top of the style charts with his 'casual' style," said Andy Barr, Marketing Director of the website. Bloom picked up 71 per cent of the vote and was closely followed by Beckham with 66 per cent and singer Peter Andre, who received 59 per cent. The Lord of the Rings actor recently said fatherhood has "changed his life". "It's awesome, I love it. I hate that word but I love being a father; it's changed everything in so many ways. Miranda is an amazing mother," Bloom said. — PTI

Actor, by chance

Actor Jennifer Aniston says she would have been an interior designer if she wouldn't have entered the show business industry. "If I weren't an actor; I'd be, maybe, an interior designer. I love seeing a house and thinking about how it should be redone or restored. I spent a lot of time doing my current house, and it's beautiful. It's like a beautiful work of art, and I'm very proud of it," she told a magazine. The 42-year-old beauty shot to fame playing Rachel Green in hit sitcom Friends has become an established Hollywood star, reported a website. — IANS 

Enter, the super-dad

Hollywood actor Russell Crowe is in negotiations to play Superman's father, Jor-El in the Zack Snyder-directed reboot of Superman franchise. The 47-year-old is set to portray the father figure in the upcoming reboot of the popular comic book franchise, which was originally played by movie legend Marlon Brando in 1978 Superman movie, a publication said. If Crowe, who won a best actor Oscar for his role in Gladiator, accepts the role then he will be joined by an impressive cast which includes Henry Cavill as Superman, Kevin Costner as the flying hero's Earth-bound dad, Michael Shannon as villain General Zod and Amy Adams as Clark's love interest Lois Lane.

The role will see Crowe playing a scientist who forsees the destruction of his planet and squires his infant son into an escape rocket bound for Earth. —PTI 

Emma Watson dating Johnny Simmons?

Harry Potter star Emma Watson has reportedly fallen for her The Perks of Being a Wallflower co-star Johnny Simmons. The 21-year-old star who has recently been voted as the Best Dressed Woman in Britain, might also move to Los Angeles to be with her rumoured boyfriend Simmons, reported a publication online. "Emma and Johnny met shooting The Perks of Being a Wallflower in Pittsburgh and have gotten serious fast. She loves how down to earth and normal he is and thinks he's the nicest guy. He feels the same way about her," said an insider.

Another source says Simmons and Watson, cannot get enough of each other. — PTI 

the ‘in’ side
Iron charm

This beautiful rustic material has a long history of being used in interior decoration. Most of the wrought iron pieces have a strong influence of European designs. Wrought iron blends well with many decorating styles, therefore don't hesitate incorporating it in your own home.

yWrought iron home décor offers a wide spectrum of products to decorate with.

yIt is no longer limited to outdoor and patio furniture.

yIt's easily available and highly durable.

yYou can find furniture in wrought iron for your entire house. Beautiful beds with elaborate headboards and fancy tables and chairs add charm to your room.

yWall art in wrought iron look amazingly elegant. Beautiful wall hangings and free form sculptures create a classy visual impact.

yYou can find many accessories like curtain rods, candle stands, baskets, mirrors, wine racks etc. in wrought iron.

yLight fixtures in wrought iron look stunning. Wall scones and chandeliers in wrought iron add a nice rustic look to your décor.

yWrought iron doors, gates, grills and railings are available in many beautiful designs to compliment almost any style of décor.

yWelcome signs in wrought iron outside your house make a country style statement.

yGarden accessories in wrought iron like animal figures, flower stands, garden gates and fencing, pergolas and arbors give your outdoors an interesting look and enhance the beauty of your garden.

Furniture care

This type of furniture is very sturdy because of its metal construction. It can also be painted in a variety of colours. Caring for this furniture is easy. Indoors, simply keeping the pieces dusted is sufficient, but if you do need to wash the furniture, or use it outdoors, you can use a good grade of automotive wax to help preserve the surface.

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


Cotton Show 2011 on at Lajpat Rai Bhavan-15 is a small market catering to those looking for fabric, ready-mades, toys, furniture and more!

Out of some 30 stalls here, the one selling Chanderi cotton suits priced at Rs 900 onwards seems a universal favourite as women take a pick at suits in soft colours-lemons, onion pinks and assorted greens. There are a whole lot of suits both stitched and unstitched available here.

Colourful imitation jewellery is another much-thronged stall with stone studded anklets to be in demand. Wooden toys in bright colours are another steal. Priced reasonably, they offer an excellent alternative to harmful plastic.

Furniture in antique look from Saharanpur has a range of corners, chests, stools and chairs. Stating from a modest Rs 150, a lovely seating set could be yours for Rs 15,000. A new item available is fibre glass figurines with glass tops for tables.

(On till May 20)

Fabric fusion

Cotton Fab is here and this time the emphasis is on mixing different fabrics and embroideries. On at Kisan Bhavan-35 check out chikankari work with cutwork, Shekhavati bandhej and hand-weaved Chanderi cotton brocades. Pick up pure Mangalgiri in plain with border, or brocade buti from Rs 200 onwards. Chanderi saris in plain solid colours with golden brocade motifs are a steal here. They are available from Rs 2,400 onwards.

For men there are cotton kurtas and shirts from Rs 250 onwards. Styled after the latest trends, the natural fabrics are soothing on skin. Some 90 stalls have fabrics like Saganeri, Bagru, Bagh, Batik, Banarasi, Maheshwari and more. A huge variety for kids' ethnic wear is also available here.

A stall here is selling footwear - chappals from Pakistan and Rajasthan as well as Punjabi juttis. The exhibition provides ample choice in handloom. Our pick is 'dohar' (comforters in bright kantha work) available from Rs 600 onwards.

Another stall here has variety of roasted namkeens. For jute bags, terracotta ware and jewellery, check out Cotton Fab.

(On till June 27) —Mona

Future Shock
Mukesh Kharbanda
Boom blast

Well the craze for the best and the most gizmotic car audio systems has always created a buzz among music lovers. Hunt for the best of the best music systems to amplifiers to woofers, from customising casing of the audio attachments to modifying the car to fit these boom-boom machines has held its charisma from ages and it still continues to speed up heartbeats with the sound punches. Spending ones first salary cheque, or complete pocket money just to add that one additional woofer in your running machine has become quite a common practice among sound lovers but how about spending a mind boggling amount of Rs 1.35 crore to customise the vocal cords of your car? Does not it stretch your neurons and make you feel the need of a pacemaker to remain calm!

Australian firm Rogue Acoustics made a splash in the car music systems industry with the unveiling of their premiere car audio system, the "RA:1K". The most basic version of the most expensive car audio system can be purchased for Rs 32 lakh, but a serious audiophile can spend over Rs 1.35 crore on all the bells and whistles that may be included. While the RA:1K is highly customizable, a majority of systems will be installed with nine or ten drivers-four tweeters, four mid-range drivers and one or two subwoofers, supported with up to six amplifiers capable to deliver extraordinarily clear sound at equally astonishing volumes (0.0008% harmonic distortion at 100 watts and a signal-to-noise ratio higher than 115 decibel). All these features are bound to make your eardrums feel the heavenly experience of amazing crystal-clear sound.

In addition to the swarm of features, the central amp will include a cellular connection allowing rogue technicians to remotely tune the system or even disable it if it is stolen. The system can even diagnose itself and, if necessary, automatically request that a service appointment be scheduled. The most expensive audio system uses digital signal processing, high efficiency drivers and some of the most advanced amplifiers ever manufactured. Featuring digital signal processing, high efficiency drivers and most highly developed amplifiers, RA:1K features various drivers flexible enough to be used in each system set up. It will also feature a central amplifier with a built-in mobile phone, allowing technicians to dial-in and adjust or evaluate the system from any part of the globe.

Prior to the unveiling of the Rogue Acoustics Audio System, Critical Mass' CES5.1 Electrostatic Surround Sound System was the most expensive car audio system available. It had 12 relatively small electrostatic speakers. Critical mass kept it an exclusive rangeof Rs 1.1 crore.

(Kharbanda is a Chandigarh based auto expert)

it’s rocking
Flash(back) forward

This one is an out-and-out experimental track. You don't expect music composers to draw inspiration from the 60's in times when contemporary music forms, rock and rap are the most preferred. O Rahi is a like a flashback in time, when jazz used to be the only modern genre of music.

Another experiment with the track is that it has been sung by actor Vinay Pathak, who to some extent has done justice to the song.

It's different

I simply loved the track. It's different, fun and enjoyable. Vinay Pathak, just as is his acting skills, has sung the song to perfection. Lyrics are in tandem with the Jazz music of the 60's. We have had many songs recently from the retro era but this one, with a feel from the black and white cinema, is a fresh concept. I am sure people would love the song for its unusual music and Vinay Pathak's histrionics.

Radhika Jain, student, PU.

Fresh appeal

Vinay Pathak as a singer comes across as a pleasant surprise. His expressions and dance in the video of the song are entertaining. We don't except music composers to come out with tracks like these in times when only item numbers and rock songs do well. It's a flashback to the 60's era of black and white. The lyrics have an underlying humour. It's refreshing change from the mindless item numbers.

Karan Gupta, a BPO employee.

Prelude to film

O Rahi is a prelude to the madness that Bheja Fry 2 will offer. It's a fantastic number, entertaining and refreshing at the same time. Sneha Khanwalikar's music is experimental. Vinay Pathak has sung the song well and this doesn't looks like his first attempt at singing. Hope the movie will be as amazing as the song.

Rohit Sharma, a student, DAV college.

(As told to Ashima Sehajpal)

Sachin Kalra

Women do not take to weight training. The myth that working out with the weights will make them look like female body builders is the reason behind their reluctance. It is far from the truth. Women do not, and cannot, naturally produce as much testosterone (one of the main hormones responsible to increase muscle size) as men. Therefore it is impossible for a woman to gain huge muscle mass merely by doing some weight training.

If women can get past the initial concerns with weight training, they will see that strength training is an outstanding way to maintain good health, have a firmer looking body and much more.


Workout regularly and consistently. You should weight train a minimum of 3 times a week - that should provide more than enough exercise required by your body to build muscles.

Appropriate diet is the first step to build lean muscle mass. Your top priority should be consuming proteins to help put on extra muscle in your body by increasing the volume of the muscle tissues. Also make sure to include green vegetables, carbohydrates, vitamins etc in your meals.

Feed your body properly with the right amount of calories, protein, carbohydrates and fat in order for it to change. If you cut back on your calories too much you will only lose water and muscle. And you don't want to do that cause when your lean muscle decreases your metabolism decreases, making it much harder to actually lose fat.

Measure body fat, not weight. If you're actually gaining muscles, you will be gaining weight, even if you're losing inches on your body. Remember, weight does not equal size-it's about how you look in the mirror and not about how much you weigh.

Push yourself. Heavy weight training exercises are the best way to put on muscle. Your trainer will train you on light weights first and then gradually shift you to heavy weights. General rule: use a weight that tires the muscle(s) out within 8-12 repetitions.

Don't cheat by racing through your exercises. Move slowly. Also Aim for smooth, flowing, continuous movement when using weights. Fast, jerky or uneven movements will put unnecessary strain on your muscles and could result in injury.

Take a protein supplement such as a protein shake, like whey protein every day.

Balance your weight training workout. Work all your major muscles and muscle groups-abdominals, legs, chest, back, shoulders and arms. Exercise opposing muscles in a balanced way - for example, front of legs as well as back of legs.

Learn proper form and technique, so as to avoid injury and reap maximum benefits. Also vary your exercises.

Breathe freely. Never hold your breath during weight training.

Focus on effective weight training principles throughout your workout and your strength training will give you best results.

Ensure to set a systematic, reasonable goal for your muscle building program that you can track, progress, and meet overtime.

The year ahead
Madan Gupta Spatu

If your birthday is June 17...
Your birth on the 17th day of June suggests that you are very fortunate financially, because this date is very good for business interest and a solid business sense. Although you are probably very honest and ethical, this birthday of 2011enables you to be shrewd and successful in the world of business and commercial enterprise. Being number 8 you are strong and self reliant. The number 8 has no in-betweens. If above 60 , updating of old ideas  is the key to success in 2011-12. August is lucky month. Thursdays are their big days and find good luck on the 2nd, 4th, 6th, 17th and 26th of each month. Financial issues in July will require special attention. In October  2011, may come across lady luck.Dealing with service people could be a breeze in November. 

Anupam Kher (June 17 ,1945 , Shimla ) who  has acted in many successful Bollywood , Punjabi, British, Hollywood and Chinese films enters 67th year. Starting with  Aagman, Saaransh never looked back since then. He hosted TV shows and has mainly done comic roles but has done many villain roles for which he got critical acclaim. 

Astro turf
p Khurrana

ARIES: Hopes fill your heart. Planning a house ? good offer on the cards. A relaxed day for senior citizens. Patience & hard work pays richly. Focus on leadership and inspiration. Tarot Message: Try to relax in the middle of the week and put your cares to one side. Lucky colour: Purple.Magic Number: 61.

TAURUS: Surprising events can lead to a major rethink on what you are doing with your life. Love and romance are highlighted. Avoid alcohol and drugs and you will avoid doing anything stupid. Tarot Message: Be sure involving yourself as much as possible in new project. Lucky colour: Burgundy.Magic Number: 58.

GEMINI:Enjoy a quiet morning and get into any artistic projects you have around the home. A trip to the local market for locally grown fresh produce might inspire you to eat nutrient-rich foods. Tarot Message: Work could pose certain minor difficulties but don’t worry. Lucky colour: Green. Magic Number: 33.

CANCER: Today you will find people generally hard to pin down. Conflicting energies in the cosmos make this a good day for recharging your batteries. Tarot Message: It is best to get a clear perspective and balance your energy before making important decisions. Lucky colour: Peach. Magic Number: 51.

LEO: Your card the Sword signifies that enduring relationships can be formed with new people who live at a distance. There is the promise of a pay raise or improvement in working conditions in the cosmos for you. Tarot Message: Do not play into the hands of a shrewd set of colleagues.Lucky colour: White. Magic Number: 34.

VIRGO: Concentrate on your career path and the business at hand. Your popularity is an asset to you. Although resentments on the home front can be allayed with gifts and extra money, nothing beats quality time. Tarot Message: Accomplish tasks. Lucky colour: Rainbow Pestles. Magic Number: 39.

LIBRA: Today attention revolves around your home, property, family and long range decisions. A heavy workload could put you off early, as the day progresses your confidence will return. Tarot Message: You will be happier if you retain the fruit of your hard work. Lucky colour: Black. Magic Number: 27.

SCORPIO: Give your creative talent an airing. Hobbies will give you much satisfaction. Some of you may be challenged by a garrulous and overbearing competitor. Tarot Message: Remember it is the thought that counts and not the price tag. Lucky colour: Saffron. Magic Number: 45.

SAGITTARIUS: A fortune day for romance. Avoid gossiping; because it can spoil your chance of success. Sportsmen: get more exercise to keep yourself fit. A colleague in the workplace may be causing unrest. Tarot Message: Try to be active in catching financial opportunities. Lucky colour: Yellow. Magic Number: 47.

CAPRICORN: Do not be afraid to get things off your chest. Go along with the wishes of your family members. A more comfortable lifestyle will result from a pay raise, boosting your confidence and feelings of personal security. Tarot Message: Do not leave things up to chance. Lucky colour: Deep Red. Magic Number: 32.

AQUARIUS: The day will become rather sensitive for marital relationship. Give more attention to your health. Do not take on chores that would take you physically. Tarot Message: Use your judgments and be firm in extracting a commitment. Lucky colour: Crimson. Magic Number: 29.

PISCES: Emotions have to be controlled. Partners may not agree with your plans. No need to put your hard earned money on the stake. A childhood dream might be close to becoming a reality. Tarot Message: Take care of interests and portfolios of your work. Lucky colour: Orange. Magic Number: 42.

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