End of an era…
...the Harry Potter movie series is coming to an end, but in the last shot Harry is shown dropping his son at the Hogwarts to learn magic. Do the fans still have some hope?
Ashima Sehajpal

Are you elated? Are you a bit distressed? Or are you experiencing mixed emotions? For the generation that rejoices a decade-old relationship with Harry Potter, it will take time to realise that the climax of the series is less than a week away!

Voldemort will be defeated and with that will end the Harry Potter series as well as his adventures. Fans react before they undertake the final journey with Harry Potter. Neha Gupta, a young entrepreneur and a die-hard fan of Harry Potter series, is keen to watch the first show on the first day. “Next Friday is an off for me. I have been eagerly awaiting the release of the movie for the last one year and now when it is scheduled for release, I will not waste any time.” She plans to sport the Harry Potter t-shirt that she bought from an online shopping portal.

Who else can explain why Harry Potter is adored by all age groups but Rajesh Kava, who dubbed for Harry Potter in Hindi. “He is a superhero, who unlike the conventional ones has entertained us in all these years. He also looks vulnerable at places just like normal human beings. Even after six movies, people don’t want the series to end.” He has been dubbing for Potter since the last three films, but this one, he says, is the most special. “The journey of Harry Potter is about to end here and this has to be the high-point. I introduced a lot of modulations in my voice to make Harry sound real.” Proud to be a part of the series, he adds that more than feeling happy, people will regret that it’s ending.

A Harry Potter flick has hit the screens once in two years during the last decade, which has kept the public longing for more. The fan-base can be judged from the fact that there are over 500 pages on Facebook with the highest number of fans, 28,327,439, on the most popular page. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows already has 3,48,339 fans. “Harry Potter series is for the masses. It has been loved by youngsters and elder people alike,” says Rajesh.

An important add-on this time is that it is the first Harry Potter flick to have a 3D effect, which means double the fun. The special effects will make it more entertaining. Ajit Singh Maan, a PEC student and a fan of the Harry Potter series, says that he has read all the books, several times. “Movies have their own charm though. The first Harry Potter flick, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone helped me relate to they characters better. The films are like entering the Harry Potter world and becoming a part of it.” He says that the series should not be extended further since this makes for the perfect ending. In the last shot of the movie, Harry is shown dropping his son at the Hogwarts to learn magic, which gives hope to some Potter fans that the series would continue. Says Amrish Sharma, a private firm employee, “World inside Hogwarts is so enchanting that all fans would want more of it, always.” So true!


TRAIN to somewhere!
Vasudha Gupta

“One of the more major problems we have faced is that Sahil got a haircut!!” says the bassist Ramit Mehra. “I had no idea about this clause,” Sahil Sarin, the percussionist, adds.

All ready to launch their music album, The Local Train, is taking their music collaboration to another level. Their name came out of a normal conversation and has no stories behind it. With the idea to create music and connect with the audience, they are a synonym for excitement.

Talking about the album, they collectively share their thoughts, breaking in only for coffee. “The industry has changed. Music lovers connect more with singles,” chips in Raman Negi. “We plan to do it differently,” Ramit adds. The band is all set to launch one song each month and finally the album in December. Suddenly during the conversation, a young guy, who could pass-off as a school-going kid, runs through the door. “Finally Paras is here,” Raman says.

The final member of the band, Paras Thakur, is 19-years of age and dropped out of the Punjab Engineering College during the first year itself. “Yes, it hit my parents hard. But, it’s fine. Who said passions were easy to follow? He says, with the sparkle in his eyes. “See, PEC doesn’t have good-looking girls,” Ramit pulls his leg. With a graduation in engineering in his resume, Raman brings a sense of maturity to the interaction. “You can never be called a music-lover till you leave everything else aside,” he says. “Raman actually used to shuttle between Chandigarh and Delhi on a regular basis,” Sahil, also a graduate, says.

Too lazy to think of an album name, the focus is shifted to the songs. The favourite of the band — Ganje. “It’s basically a dig at the politicians and their attitude to mislead the masses,” shares Ramit. Upon request, Raman breaks into the song. Ho gaye abh toh der, lot gaya tera desh, oh Ganje, and a smile spreads on his face.

Coming up with the lyrics is the best time for the band. Sharing the details, Sahil says, “Music does not happen in isolation. We mix and match ideas and collect our scratches. Once we are satisfied, we pick the best out of the scratches and refine it.” With already a hit number on Youtube and Facebook, Cho lo, they talk about the advantages of the social networking websites. “Earlier, upon the release of music albums, the labels made more and we just earned out of royalty. Sites help us connect with the audience,” shares Ramit.

So, with a team of four, how about the creative differences? Sahil says, “Of course, it happens. But now that we are three years old, we know each other and have started seeking inspiration out of our common interests.” Looking at the bigger picture has made it easy for them. Talking about the difference in the Delhi and Chandigarh audience, it’s the flavour of Punjab that works everywhere for them. “Our music does not belong to one culture; we have all separate music idols we follow. The influence of different cultures and concepts has it’s reverberation in our music,” Paras says. So, are we planning to jam tonight?


SMOKE screen

Adolescents watching actors light a cigarette on screen are more vulnerable to tobacco use in life, says a study conducted on Delhi students, confirming the link between 'Bollywood and tobacco-use among teenagers'.

"The odds of using tobacco once or more in a lifetime among students, who were highly exposed to tobacco use occurrences in Bollywood films, were more than twice as compared to those with low exposure," reveals the study conducted by Health Related Information Dissemination Amongst Youth (HRIDAY), an NGO.

The study was conducted among as many as 4,000 students from 12 schools across New Delhi to assess if they are currently using or have ever used tobacco, if they are receptive to tobacco promotions and their exposure to tobacco use in movies.

Considered to be the most prolific film producer in the world, Bollywood has earlier drawn flak from health activists for influencing youngsters' tobacco use, leading to a ban on smoking scenes in new films and on television in 2005.

The government's ruling to prohibit the depiction of smoking in films has been challenged by a renowned film producer on grounds of freedom of expression. As the Delhi High Court ruled upholding the petition, the matter is now pending in the Supreme Court.

"Adolescents in this study had seen nearly 162 tobacco use occurrences from the 59 films that were shown. Results also suggest that boys are much more exposed than girls," reveals principal investigator Monika Arora.

The study reveals that despite the Control of Tobacco Products Act (COTPA), which prohibits all forms of direct and indirect advertising or promotion of tobacco products, nearly 7.3 percent adolescents reported owning a tobacco promotional item. "This is the first systematic study in India to show an association between tobacco use depiction in Bollywood films and tobacco use among adolescents. The study confirms that children try to ape acts of tobacco use shown in films," says Gaurang Nazar, manager and co-author, research, at HRIDAY. — IANS

Have a happy hair day!
There is no better way to liven up your mane than to accessorise it. Here is the latest in store for you
Jigyasa Kapoor Chimra

It's always about hair. Isn't it? Especially in a weather that leaves the locks looking dull, drab and lifeless, hair accessories are a must to boost the looks.Lending tresses a boost of chic style, the new trends in hair accessories are absolutely fabulous and can instantly update your look.

Though the markets are stuffed with hair accessories from expensive to cheap; the hair accessory trends change from year to year depending on the hair styles. And yes, all accessories are not suitable for all time some are day wear only while others can be a perfect match for cocktails as well as day to evening wear. Choosing the right accessory is the mantra for a modish look. So, ensure you make the right decision as you pick those clips, glittery stones, head bands and even hair pins.

"Something sparkly can never go wrong when it comes to a more formal occasion. So don't hesitate to turn your attention towards stylish hair accessories which say glam," says Meenakshi from Cyprus in Panchkula. She adds, "The hair accessories don't have to be oversized to look glamorous so don't over-do-it. Glittery stones, coloured or simple can make all the difference and enhance the beauty of your hair without making your hairstyle look heavy. A simple or even a jewelled headband can make you look adorable so choose accordingly."

Talking about the market, there is no end of hair accessories. From Pantaloons to Inner secrets in Sector 8 you can pick you hair accessories even from Shastri market in sector 22. The variety is no less in any of the places it's just the price difference that would pinch your pocket (Shastri market is much cheaper than many shops and the variety is almost the same).

Back to looks, for a casual look you can opt for a simple headband, a cute hair flower, a stylish hair clip or a bandanna. Simplicity is a perfect choice for the day-to-day looks so no need to turn to anything else to make your hair look hot!

For a formal hair accessory you don't just need that glam-sparkling hair accessories you can direct your attention towards feathers as well as flowers. Headbands and hair clips which feature these details look amazing and they comein a myriad of coloursand shades.

Says an employee of Pantaloons, "Hair accessory off late has become a craze and women and girls don't go for the regular clips and rubber bands they want something stylish and I have seen many matching it along with their dressed. These days glitter, flower and stone are in fashion. Almost every hair accessory has it, and girls like it!"

Home Truths
Vasudha Gupta

They say home is where the heart is. Of course, it is more than just bricks and walls that give shape to homes today. It takes the labour and toil of architects, who help give shape to the prefect house you have dreamt of all your life. So, if you have managed to get a piece of land in one of the posh localities and wonder about the latest trends, here are a few tips.

If style seeps into everything from the kind of nail-paint you wear to the car you drive, how can houses be left behind? “Undoubtedly, residents of Chandigarh are willing to experiment more,” shares Renu Khanna, who runs an architectural firm in her own name. With the famous ‘Dholpur’ look taking a back-seat, it is now brick-work and glass, which is becoming increasingly popular. “The drastic is in. Wood and lot of exterior tiles have a huge fan-following,” Renu shares.

Focusing on the level of environmental consciousness among the people, Renu is quick to add, “A lot of my clients want me to use rustic material and lead-free paints.” While some just hand over their homes to architects, a few take the pains to ensure their houses are a reflection of their life. For Pankaj Aggarwal, it was more about recreating the architectural inheritance of his home in Bathinda. “I insisted that my house here should interweave the older house with a modern twist,” he says. From using silicon tiles and plaster, Pankaj also used Italian marble and lighting from Delhi. “The favourite part of my house is the balcony on the first floor. It’s great to have the morning tea there and watch the city come to life,” he says.

Nods Harish Saini, who runs an architectural firm by the name of Vaastu Consultants, “Though glass is the in-thing today, we still tell our clients that they should use it effectively and not make their home an oven.” He adds, “The latest apart from the customised requirements of the clients is zero disposal architecture. Here, we suggest things that can be incorporated in the house, to ensure that all waste is recycled and utilized within the house. One word for this is sustainable architecture, where designing with nature takes the lead.”

Sharing similar thoughts is Siddhartha Wig. Running ‘The Elements’ along with his wife, Anant Mann, he plans the aesthetics of homes depending upon specific needs of the client and keeps in mind the site, climate, clients’ requirements and the materials available. With so much to look after the pivotal focus on giving a home that is well-ventilated, naturally lit and consumes less conventional energy, the task is surely not easy! The duo uses technology to compliment the design, and not to cover the mistakes made at the designing stage. As the fresh blood takes over older homes in Chandigarh, the façades are changing and elevations are rising.

The globe-trotting youth want to bring in the world back home. The designing is also inching towards sleek and clean spaces. “The architectural style is shifting to more contemporary and to the interiors. The regional language seems to have vanished and only the latest designs are acceptable,” shares Purnima Sharma, an architect.

In terms of materials, she suggests washable floorings, Italian marbles and clean wooden planks. “Glass is something that has totally changed the face of housing in Chandigarh. It’s actually very overwhelming how intelligently it is being used in smaller houses as well,” Purnima says. The size of the family is also impacting housing sensibilities. “People now prefer smaller, smarter houses and flats,” she adds. For a few other architects, is also about challenging creativity. For Gautam Gupta, running his own architectural firm, it is more about working on the concept of “less is more”. “A few defining elements and lot of use of wood, glass, steel and indirect lighting so to accentuate those elements and impart an overall minimalist and uncluttered ambience,” he shares. He believes that every important element in the exteriors and the interiors is primarily designed around the play of natural as well as artificial, indirect lighting. “The unexplored and the endless scope in creative lighting will be the foremost element for the creative fraternity,” he says.

For Vikram Katyal, who recently moved into his paradise in Panchkula, it has been a mix of keeping a rustic interior and waterproof bricks on the exterior. “My only condition was airy and spacious rooms,” he says. With a house complete with a basement and a private Jacuzzi, we are sure his house is neighbor’s envy, owner’s pride!


Dream run on screen
We take a look at actors living their dreams through their films or translating their real-life passions on screen

Being himself

Poetic Journey: Farhan Akhtar with Zoya Akhtar

Farhan Akhtar in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara: Farhan is a writer, singer, actor, producer, and director. In his sister's film, he plays Imraan, a poet with a fabulous sense of humour, someone who always looks at the lighter side of life. He also goes on a road trip with his buddies to Spain. Farhan is playing himself, more or less. Of course, he isn't a bachelor.

Super dad

Shah Rukh Khan in Ra.One: Shah Rukh Khan is a self-made superstar. He has always wanted to do something for his beloved children, Aryan and Suhana. His magnum opus, Ra.One is aimed at families and is especially for children. This is his gift to his children to show them that their father can also be a superhero.

Charity calling

Salman Khan in Chillar Party: Salman loves children and he loves helping people in any way that he can. He has a soft-corner for the under-privileged. He saw Chillar Party and loved it and decided to attach his name to it. Every penny he earns from the film will go to the funds of Being Human Foundation.

Rocking star

Musical wish: Ranbir Kapoor

Ranbir Kapoor in Rock Star: It is any boy's dream to be a rock star and Ranbir is living his dream. He learnt how to play the guitar for Imtiaz Ali's film. Ranbir wants to become the greatest actor and the biggest star of all time. His character Jordan in the awaited film is an adored rock star, famous all over the world. He is also tormented by love but he is living his dream. Looks like this film has fulfilled Ranbir's dream and it will only take him up on the ladder of success and acclaim.

Spy hero

Secret mission: Saif Ali Khan

Saif Ali Khan in Agent Vinod: Saif has loved spy films, spy groups, and spy heroes since childhood. He is an avid reader. His company is named after the secret society of Illuminati in Europe and America. His character Agent Vinod is a mix of Jason Bourne, James Bond, and Ethan Hunt and he has completely indulged himself as a suave spy.

Pumped up performance

Aamir Khan in Dhoom 3: Aamir Khan is a fitness icon. He pumped up for Ghajini, got lean for 3 Idiots, and then returned to his normal weight. He looks younger and hotter every year and it is amazing how different he looks in each movie. He continues his affinity for reinvention in Dhoom 3. He plays a gymnast in the movie and is looking for a trainer. He will get leaner and more flexible. His role will make him fitter.

Bachelor's bliss

Hrithik Roshan in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara: Hrithik Roshan plays a workaholic in Zoya Akhtar's film. He has said that he had not been on a road trip or had a bachelor party before he did this film and it made his dreams come true. He felt lucky to go on bachelor trip post marriage and absolutely loved Spain.

Kalki feels romantic in the rains

Kalki Koechlin Kashyap is enjoying her married life. Marriage has proved to be lucky for her because Shaitan did commercially well and was critically acclaimed. Everyone is looking forward to her next film, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. In between, Kalki has found time to enjoy the rains of Mumbai. She talks about her love for the season.

Childhood memories

I have a love for rains since childhood. That's something very close to me because I would get drenched in the rains in my school days. I would play in the puddles and eat bhutta on my way home. I never wear raincoats except for bright ones at times.

Season to bond

It's beautiful, dreamy, and romantic. It's the best time to sit and have something hot. Chilling out with family and friends is a good idea. If you are free, go to Lonavala or Amby Valley.

Ideal for love

I am busy promoting my film Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara but I love the romantic vibe of this season. It's cloudy and mushy. It gives a cozy feel and it is an ideal time to be with the love of your life if you are not working. The sun is not harsh and I love the breeze.

Mumbai rains

I know that the season causes traffic jams and can be rather difficult. We would all love to sit at home and enjoy the rains but we have to work. We must be prepared when we are out. I would advise people to take time out and enjoy how beautiful Mumbai is in the rains because the plants look great and lush, everything is cleaned, and the mountains and sea look gorgeous.

Fashion wear

I do not think much about what I wear. I wear what I feel comfortable in. I am happy wearing capris and shorts right now.

Kalki's film Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara releases on 15th July.

I am clean: Ben Affleck

DENIAL MODE: Ben Affleck

'Pearl Harbour' star Ben Affleck has denied being involved in the infamous poker ring of Hollywood and owing half a million dollar to actor Ron Meyer.The 38-year-old actor who took part in the poker ring in 2004, around the time he was engaged to Jennifer Lopez, is said to have later paid half of the debt.

"The story is complete garbage. It is made up and lacking any real sources," said Affleck's representative.

'Spider-Man' actor Tobey Maguire has also been involved in this and was recently sued for allegedly taking more than USD 300,000 in winnings from bankrupt hedge fund manager Bradley Ruderman.

Meyer is the President of Universal Studios and his daughter Jennifer is married to Tobey Maguire.

Others involved in the circle are Leonard DiCaprio and Matt Damon. — PTI

Aniston’s handprints immortalised

Actress Jennifer Aniston waves after her hand and footprint ceremony at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.
Actress Jennifer Aniston waves after her hand and footprint ceremony at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. PHOTO: Reuters

Actress Jennifer Aniston, who is set to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next year, has cast her hands and feet in cement outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre.

The 42-year-old celebrated the event along with new boyfriend Justin Theroux, close friend Chelsea Handler and “Horrible Bosses” co-star Jason Bateman.a —IANS


Role model

Salman Khan has probably influenced his protégé Zarine Khan or the two have a lot in common.

Zarine is a regular visitor at orphanages and she adores children. She simply needs an excuse to go! That is sweet.

Playing tough

Aamir Khan is known for playing challenging and different roles in each film he does. He is playing a gymnast in Dhoom 3 and is looking for a trainer. He will prepare for Dhoom 3 once he wraps up his thriller with Reema Kagti.

Don’t want to get married: Kourtney Kardashian

(K)not again: Kourtney Kardashian 

Reality TV star Kourtney Kardashian, who has an 18-month-old son with boyfriend Scott Disick, has vowed that she will never get married.

In the upcoming episode of reality show "Keeping Up with the Kardashians", Kourtney will be seen confronting her mother Kris Jenner over the marriage issue.

"I definitely don't want to get married just for the sake of getting married.

This is my life. I don't need a piece of paper to make it a family unit.

I don't want to get married right now and I don't have to listen to my mom or anyone else," she says.— IANS

Cruz in Rome

NEW START: Penelope Cruz

Spanish actress Penelope Cruz arrived in Rome to start work on The Bop Decameron, a new Woody Allen comedy."I'm really happy to be in Rome and to shoot a film with Woody Allen," said the actress who arrived with her six-month-old son Leo and two bodyguards.

Cruz won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her turn as an unstable artist in the 2008 Allen film "Vicky Cristina Barcelona". While filming that earlier project, she began dating fellow Spaniard and Oscar winner Javier Bardem, and the two wed last year.

Other cast members of "The Bop Decameron", Allen's 42nd film, include Italian actors Roberto Benigni, Antonio Albanese and Riccardo Scamarcio and Americans Alec Baldwin and Jesse Eisenberg.

Filming is scheduled to start next week and conclude at the end of August. The movie, which will be a contemporary take on Giovanni Boccaccio's 14th-century story collection The Decameron and consists of four vignettes, is scheduled to be released in 2012. He and native New Yorker presented his work plan Wednesday at the Rome city hall. — IANS

Bon voyage!

Travel, discover, grow...is the mantra of the 50 France-bound students and teachers. Gathered at Alliance Francaise-36, for a pre-departure orientation on Friday, this motley group is bound together by one dream — to explore the culturally rich France!

Varun Chauhan, an undergraduate from BITS Pilani, has chosen Paris to do his Masters in management. “Paris is the hub of global culture today. It’s the positives of their work ethics that I am looking forward to imbibe, along with my formal education,” he shares.

Natassha Maann is setting off to Grenoble, south-eastern France, for Masters in International Business. “The course is taught by the very best in the business. Even the cultural calendar of Grenoble is pretty active, I am looking forward to this twin-treat,” she exclaims.

Ashish Khetrapal is going on a cultural exchange programme and looking forward to exploring a career in interpretation and exploration. “I have done nine levels in French, and I am off to teach English. Not only am I happy at seeing France in real, but also keen about exploring more,” he shares.

Paris, a fashion destination, is also a place where different nationalities converge. Roopam Bhalla, a French teacher, is excited at interacting with people from different backgrounds. “I have been teaching French for long now, knowing the language at work in real would just be great,” she says.

Happier than these students is Christian Flores, director, Alliance Francaise, “I am glad that this time teachers are also part of the programme.”

Well, adjusting and adapting to a different culture is a learning experience in itself.


The Weight Balance
Vikram Kapoor

Weight training is the real engine behind your fat loss effortsWHEN it comes to fat loss, one of the most frequently-asked questions I get is "to maximise fat loss, should I do my cardio before or after my weight training?"

I know there are times when I like to be kept in suspense, but I'm not going to do that to you here… Physiologically speaking, if maximum fat loss is your goal and you want to incorporate cardio into your training schedule, you're better off doing your cardio training immediately AFTER your weight training.

Here’s why

When you do weight training first, you have more energy and strength for that weight training. Intense, quality weight training is actually more effective for fat loss than cardio training -the operative word being 'quality'. If you just play around with light weights for 30 minutes, it's not really going to be very effective for fat loss.

However, if you really put some effort into it and train hard, the metabolic boost you get from weight training (in terms of not only calories burnt while doing it but the increase in metabolism after AND the increase in muscle mass you get from weight training) is greater than the boost you get from cardio training. And, when compared to slow, long-duration cardio training, that boost is much greater.

So by performing your weight training first, you're going to have more energy to put into it and be stronger. This will increase metabolic and muscle mass stimulation and therefore overall fat loss.

A win-win situation

A couple of minutes of cardio as a general warm-up before the weights is good, not an entire cardio session before weight training.

Performing weight training first decreases available blood sugar and puts the body in "fat burning" mode.

When you train with weights, you're performing short, intense muscle contractions. Glucose (blood sugar) is the preferred fuel for driving these intense contractions. As you go through your workout, your body gradually uses up its readily-available supply of sugars and starts mobilising fat for energy.

Mobilising body fat for energy is a process that takes time. If you do your cardio first, your body will be initially working on that blood sugar before getting started on the body fat. By the time you move to weights, that's when you're in the optimal fat-burning mode.

But the problem is, fat is not an efficient fuel for weight training. By doing cardio first, you use up all the "good" stuff for weight training and force your body to make do with a less powerful fuel source. Your weight training workouts will decrease in quality and your cardio efforts won't be as effective for achieving fat-burning, which is your primary goal!

The bottom line is - do weight training first so you use up the "fast" energy first. So, when you hit cardio, you're already in fat-burning mode. The key thing to keep in mind is that weight training is what's going to help you change your body fast…cardio is a useful tool to improve your results but it's not what drives your fat-loss results. Till then stay fit.

(Kapoor is a Chandigarh-based fitness expert)

The foodies
A delicious deal
Jigyasa Kapoor Chimra

Bright and effervescent with a lively staff, Food Max in sector 14, Panchkula, is a restaurant that must be visited for the variety of cuisines available under one roof. With three cuisines, here you can whet your appetite with Chop King for Chinese specialities, Dosa Plaza for a taste of Chennai, Mumbai spices for Indian delicacies and last if you are fond of juices then their Café Energize is the perfect place to try a variety of juices.

Started some two years back the décor of the restaurant is vivid in colours and has huge pictures of food to add to the restaurant's look. But what's best about the restaurant is their food and the quantity served.

Unlike many restaurants in this one serves good portions of dishes and the taste is equally good. Though the menu is sated with a variety of dishes this restaurant is popular for dosa's, 104 varieties to be precise.

From Mexcian to American you can even try a Paneer chilly dosa, spring roll dosa, salad dosa, American choupsey dosa and lot many but not to miss is their Mysore masala dosa.

Idli, vada and Uttappams too are a delicious deal here. In uttapams you can try their regular uttappams or uttappams with a twist. How about a sandwich uttappams or a Tom-chi uttappam? That is not all apart from these varieties you can also opt for Bisebelle Bhath (sambar rice), Pulliyotharai Rice (Imli rice) or dahi, lemon or tomato rice. Chetinad Biryani too is a good try. If you are fond of Chinese then they have a variety of soups, starters and main course dishes to offer. But we suggest try their thread chicken or thread paneer, Veg Malaysian noodles or stewed noodles with Chinese greens. You can even try a few Thai dishes here.

For the Indian cuisine they have everything that a Punjabi would want. From Butter chicken to Dal Makhani their menu for the Indian delicacies includes paneer tikka, harabhara kebab, chicken seekh kebab and many more dishes.

That was for the food but they have juices, shakes, mocktails and coffees too, so you can have your fill with these varieties too.

Last but the most important thing the price. Believe us the restaurant is pocket friendly and a meal for two would not exceed more than Rs 500 (even if you go lavish).

Family matters

For Susheel Gupta and his family this restaurant is their favourite for the variety they get here. And it's the dosa that gets them back to the restaurant.

Their order: American delight dosa, Mushroom Schezwan dosa and a salad roast dosa.

Best amongst the lot: Dosa's. The variety is never-ending.

Price: Perfect.

Service: Very good.

Meal for two: Rs 350

Be a pillar of strength
Simmi Waraich

We are a simple middle class family. Our son has been using some capsules and medicines for 2-3 years now. His friends are not employed and blow the money they get from their parents. Once he jumped from the first floor when we had a fight. So I do not want to push him. I am trying to convince him to undergo treatment and his girlfriend is also trying to convince him.

—Harmeet Singh, Bathinda

Keep talking to him. If you are self employed, take him with you at times. Be a friend but do be clear about pocket money etc. Go out as often as a family. Also be a role model but do not be judgemental. Resolve family issues and be positive. Use caring statements for him when he is in a cordial mood- like "I care for you, Son." Discuss future plans and how to go about them. Ask him his concerns regarding treatment. Suggest talking to a psychiatrist in the vicinity.

Accept kids as different persons

I am a 40-year-old woman active in social work. My daughter got married to a boy who was from a very different background- he is from a poor family and his parents are very different from us. I never expected this from her and it has upset me a lot. My husband and I are very upset- I cannot sleep at night and feel like staying aloof. I have lost weight too. I do not feel like seeing her.

—Gurpreet, Panchkula

It must be a difficult time for all of you, including your daughter. We as parents do have expectations from children and often forget that they are their own people. Do you think she intentionally wanted to hurt you? It may be that at times children make decisions we do not understand. Still she is your daughter and your relationship with her should include being with her in times when you disagree as well as agree with each other. That is what family is all about. Every person is different- be with her through this time just as you would have through good times. Get counselling for yourself and rule out depression.

(Dr Waraich is a Chandigarh-based consultant psychiatrist)

The shoe story
Shoes are the most important accessory and girls from the tricity know exactly what they want when it comes to shoes
Shuchita Sharma

So what is a girl's best friend? Of course, diamonds and chocolates top the list? Okay we get it, the list is endless, but footwear features somewhere at the top. Girls wherever they are just love shopping and shoes are almost always a part of the shopping expeditions. Be it ballerinas, flip-flops, stilettos, juttis or boots, they have to be on their shoe rack. Shoe fashion changes as often as the dresses, so in order to keep up with the latest fashion, shoe-shopping becomes a necessary evil. So here, we meet girls in tricity who don't mind splurging on the right shoes for their pretty feet.

Tarranum Chawla, a media student in Chandigarh, owns more than 20 pairs. She says, "There has to be a pair for every dress. You need different kinds of shoes to go with several outfits. So I have some formals, some casuals, boots, some slippers for random outings, and juttis." She says she doesn't mind street shopping if she likes the shoes, but prefers shopping from Mochi on a regular basis. As she shows her collection, the rack seems undersized to accommodate so many pairs. We find one in each colour, each style and each design.

Kavya Chandel, a commerce student, has another story to share. She says, "The first glance does it for me. The footwear I like on the first look, I don't hesitate in buying them, whether they are from a showroom or from a shop on the street. I have numerous pairs which I have worn just once or twice." Black seems to dominate her shoe rack, and heels are present in greater number than other types.

We also found Heena Kukreja searching for the perfect pumps for a formal party. She finally sighted them in Sector 17. Way to go girls!

Astro turf
P Khurrana

ARIES: Good vibes abound at home and at work. Teamwork is highlighted and your ability to delegate could get you a gold star with your boss. Honour and respect from your office staff. Women: Exercise dietary control. Love life is thrilling. Tarot Message: Don't waste an opportunity. Lucky Colour: Violet. Magic Number: 61

TAURUS: A profitable business deal could solve a few financial problems at home and put your relationship back on a secure basis. Opposition elements are going to harass you in the afternoon. Sportspersons: be careful. Visit a naturopath. Tarot Message: Don't be bullied. Lucky Colour: Navy Blue. Magic Number: 50

GEMINI: A power packed day full of activities, fun and friends likely. Women: work with caution. Disturbance and unrest for newly weds cannot be ruled out. Money gains are likely from speculation. A hectic day for property dealers/ share brokers. Tarot Message: Frankness is your strength. Lucky Colour: Brown. Magic Number: 43

CANCER: Love, harmony, fun and frivolity are on the cards. Let your hair down and accept party invitations. Atmosphere of incapability prevails at home. Businessmen feel unrest because of over burden of work. Tarot Message: Consolidate your gains.

Lucky Colour: Mauve. Magic Number: 54

LEO: Singles may receive an exciting proposal. You have the talent and skill to get a pet project off the ground. Talk to someone in the know and get the ball rolling. Tarot Message: Infuse your efforts into decisive action and professional achievements. Lucky Colour: Forest Green. Magic Number: 27

VIRGO: Take your time and don't be rushed. You must still honour yourself as much as others. Your mind, body and soul are working in unison. A domestic hassle is settled amicably. Expect a guest or important news. Tarot Message: Do not expect too much from others.

Lucky Colour: Metallic Grey Magic Number: 25

LIBRA: With the "Four of Wands", the card of illusion, expect a certain amount of chaos and misunderstanding to interfere with your plans. Don't take your bad temper to work with you. Teenagers: Expect a favour from superiors/parents. Love stars shine. Tarot Message: Be active to tackle finances. Lucky Colour: Ebony. Magic Number: 45.

SCORPIO:This could be quite a good day for work. Domestic happiness plays hide and seek. A close friend brings pleasure in the evening. Working women: avoid gossip session. Love letters/ emails and sweet nothings ensure romantic bliss. Tarot Message: Have faith in yourself. Lucky Colour: Red Magic Number: 26.

SAGITTARIUS:Beware of unwise expenditures. Risky investments of all kinds should be avoided. Encroachers: expect a notice from the government. Legal matters favoured. Students: check your canteen dues. Beware of stray animals. Tarot Message: Void unpleasant events. Lucky Colour: Royal Blue. Magic Number: 62.

CAPRICORN:There is a strong emphasis on emotional ties with family today. You might get to have a deep and meaningful talk with someone you have been concerned about. Finances are in a frowning mood. Hidden assets may be uncovered. Tarot Message: Take limited risks. Lucky Colour: Saffron. Magic Number: 41.

AQUARIUS: A fun mood will colour the morning and make for practical jokes and party plans but don't get too locked in. Love life settles down after 4 pm but don't make any promises. Tarot Message: Lack of confidence or lack of caution can leave you in losses. Lucky Colour: Black. Magic Number: 59.

PISCES: This is a great time to get outside and start walking or jogging. Get a few like minded friends along to a science spot. Tricky situation works out in your favour. Tarot Message: Listen carefully to words of wisdom even if you do not relish. Lucky Colour: Peach. Magic Number: 49

Chatter box

Stress factor

Tense Couple: Bhoomi and Illesh 

In the upcoming episodes of Sony's Krishnaben Khakhrawala, Bhoomi will take up a job but Illesh will let her work on the condition that she should manage both work and home.

At first, Bhoomi will agree but later she will realise how difficult it is.

This issue will cause friction between the couple. Will Krishnaben find a solution to this problem? Watch the show to find out.

Hosting plans

Ashmit Patel perhaps has realised that his future as a film star is bleak so post Bigg Boss his focus has mainly been on television. The small screen has give him popularity that the wanted from the silver screen. So he is currently enjoying his stint as host and mentor in Bindass' Super Stud. But he is also planning to launch a television serial. He will, of course, be producing only as his acting will be for the movies.

Name game

As many film stars change the spelling of their names, TV actors can't be far behind. With superstition riding high in the entertainment industry, numerology has always been of great value. Rahul Arora of Star One's Yeh Ishq Haaye will henceforth be called as Devaraaj Singh Arora. Rahul changed his name for various reasons- primarily for numerology, but his mother wanted him to change the name for both personal and professional reasons. Also, as Rahul belongs to a Punjabi family and his father has a typical Sardar name, Rahul's mother wanted him to have a real Punjabi name.

An ode to Rasika

Popularly known as Motiben of Imagine's Bandini, actress Rasika Joshi passed away after a brave fight with cancer. She slipped into a coma and later breathed her last.

She was seen in numerous films and serials both Hindi and Marathi including Bhool Bulaiya, Malamaal Weekly, Ek Haseena Thi and will appear in RGV's next movie based on the Neeraj Grover case.

Finicky or organised?

Mr Perfectionist:Dharmendra 

Veteran actor Dharmendra is enjoying being in front of the camera. His enthusiasm for his work hasn't waned over the years. He is still eager to give that perfect shot and checks all shots canned on the monitor too. He is particular about his appearance and dialogue too. Debuting on TV as a judge on Colors' "India Got Talent", We can't decide if he is self conscious about doing a television show or is he being quirky and finicky.

Dancing duo

RIGHT MOVES: Jagya and Anandi

Be prepared for a grand wedding of Simar (Deepika Samson) and Prem (Shoaib Ibrahim) in Colors’ Sasural Simar Ka.

With lavish wedding, there are numerous functions and the channel is planning to make the pre wedding functions a celebrity fest.

The biggest attraction will be Jagya and Anandi from Balika Vadhu who will perform at the sangeet.

Harshad Chopra on life after Tere Liye

in step: Harshad Chopra

Television actor Harshad Chopra, who was last seen as Anurag in Star Plus hit show Tere Liye, will be seen in Entertainment Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega in an upcoming episode wherein he will dance on medley of famous romantic songs of Shah Rukh Khan. The actor talks about his new show, what kept him busy after Tere Liye and more

We heard that you are doing a new show Dharampatni on Imagine TV?

Right now, I really can't comment on anything. I have got an offer to play a character based on the lines of Mahatma Gandhi’s life. Let the channel announce it first.

What kept you busy post Tere Liye?

I joined dance classes with acrobats as I find this type of dance very unique. Although, I didn't join immediately after Tere Liye ended. First few weeks, I spent my days in laziness, sleeping and spending time with my family members, especially with my younger sister. I even spent time gorging on food, especially home cooked food. Basically, I let everyone at home pamper me.

What do you miss most about Tere Liye?

I miss everything about the show -right from different locations to lunch sessions with co-stars. Usually when we work with people we jell with and get along, it is obvious to develop a kind of attachment with them, so I guess we are all very connected. I also miss playing the character Anurag which was romantic in a totally different way.

Tell us about your dance sequence in Entertainment Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega?

I am performing on the solo hit numbers of Shah Rukh Khan in a medley so it has Tujhe Dekha Toh Yeh Jana Sanam, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham, and Don and "Om Shanti Om's" title tracks. It is wonderful to perform on such hit numbers. Finally, I have a connection with SRK.

Which is your all time favourite romantic song sequence?

I like this song Bheegi Bheegi Raaton Main from the movie Ajnabee the one starring Rajesh Khanna. I really like the whole feel of being romantic and this song. Among the new ones, I enjoy listening to O Bhanvre O Bhanvre from Pyaar Ka Punchnama.

What do you like about Entertainment Ke Liye?

It is a brilliant show which gives a chance to every talented person to show their talent. In our country, so many people follow their passion and this show provides a good platform to them. We can see that people are passionate about dancing, painting and a lot of other cool stuff. After watching them, I feel lucky to follow my passion acting as a profession. It was nice to meet Farah Khan and Anu Malik.

What are your plans for your future? Are you joining films or love and marriage are one the cards?

Oh so many questions!! I don't plan my future as I let things happen. Let's see how things shape up in my life. I feel it's too early to comment on my personal life.

Which shows do you watch during your break?

I have started watching White collar on Star World and I used to love Castle. I am not watching any Hindi television shows as none of my industry friends like Kunal Karan Kapoor & Arjun Bijlani are doing any shows.

The year ahead
Madan Gupta Spatu

If your birthday is July 10...

Your birth on the 10th day of this month gives a sense of independence and extra energy to your Life Path. The number 1 energy suggests more executive ability and leadership qualities.

You are sensitive, but your feelings stay repressed. You have a compelling manner that can be dominating in many situations. All shades of brown, gold, yellow, golden brown are favorable. Business: Getting derailed is pretty much inevitable at the beginning of November. Career: Your strong will power is your forte and you'll have no problem finishing all your tasks. 

This will make you feel satisfied and cheerful. Youngsters will finally be able to fulfill their ambitions. Education: Do not let anyone divert you from your chosen path. Family: Demands on your time on the rise but it appears to be happy year.. Finance: Despite all difficulties a marked improvement in financial resources is indicated. Financial gains are imminent through speculation also, provided you are certain about where to put your money.

 Friendship: Some older established friendships may need some focused attention. Health: Your health might experience ups and downs. Success in sports and competitions indicated. Love: Logic could be a barrier to love in 2012. Travel: 2011 will be a good year for travel. Some of you may betransferred or could go for business meetings. State of Mind: Eager to help others. Compatible Signs: Sagittarius, Leo. Lucky Colours: Purple, mauve. Lucky Days: Tuesday and Sunday.

Alok Nath You share your date of birth with Alok Nath (July 10, 1956, Delhi). He rose with the role of Haveli Ram in the television serial Buniyaad. He has appeared in some of the biggest hits of Bollywood and usually plays supporting roles as a father or uncle. He also made an appearance in the international award-winning Richard Attenbrough directed film Gandhi. He was also a part of the hit film Vivah. He has also worked in serials like Sapna Babul Ka...Bidaai. 

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