High jump
Jumpsuits, the latest craze with celebrities, look 'oh-so-fashionable' and the best part is that they can be experimented with…
Ashima Sehajpal

Given her reputation, anything that Lady Gaga wears gets tagged as experimental. Or if it is not as appalling as her raw meat dress or bubble costume, the singer adds her bit of surprise element to make it one!

Like she did with the jumpsuit she wore for the cover of a popular fashion magazine - a sheer black jumpsuit to make the point that she was 'born this way'. For her, the outfit was an extension of her personality but for a dozen other celebs, a jumpsuit makes for a great style statement. Supermodel Tyra Banks flaunted a leather one at the recently held Teen Choice Awards. Other celebs include Paris Hilton, Jennifer Lopez, Gwyneth Paltrow and Rani Mukerjee.

Back home, Priyanka Chopra and Anushka Sharma have scored well on fashion critics' charts as far as jumpsuits are concerned. Even Rani Mukherjee, who has been inconsistent with her style statement, sported a perfect one at a film premiere.

In Chandigarh, all major brands have them on display and girls haven't disappointed either. For jumpsuit becoming an international trend like denims, Ludhiana-based designer credits the practicality of the one-piece attire, "As a casual-wear they are as comfortable as denims. But the best part is that with a bit of modification, the outfit can be flaunted at parties as well." Raman proves the same better with halter neck jumpsuits, embellished with sequins and stones, best suited for parties. In his collection, there are jumpsuits, which instead of straight line lowers have dhoti pants. "Then there is also an option of narrow fit lowers. A designer can play with light fabrics like georgettes to make it apt for semi-formal occasions. Cut on the length to get an even sexier playsuit."

The outfit that was a rage during the 70's and 80's made a comeback three years back with celebrities across the world endorsing it. The trend was further strengthened by hi-end brands metamorphosing the mechanic zipper suit worn by Formula 1 drivers in numerous ways. Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen, Bottega Veneta, Elie Saab, Jean Paul Gaultier… showcased jumpsuits in the 'ready-to-wear' category in the spring 2011 collection at various fashion weeks.

So, what is it about jumpsuits that will be in vogue in times to come? Abdul Haldar, a fashion designer whose Resortwear collection at the Lakme Fashion Week included a lot of jumpsuits, answers, "Keeping the basic intact, one can really experiment a lot with jumpsuits. Try something new with sleeves or with the waistline by using different belts or giving it different shapes from slim fit to balloon; with lowers from palazzos to bell bottoms. So many different versions of jumpsuit can be created." He adds that jumpsuits will not go out of fashion till the time an equally interesting replacement is found. "But not everyday we have a costume that is functional and very stylish at the same time," he adds.

In Chandigarh, the stylish Western outfit can be picked up at Benetton, Esprit, Madame and at Shelly's. Shares Shelly Lakhanapal, the owner, "Girls might not be wearing them on the campus but they are a hit in the party circuit for sure." It's a perfect alternative for those who don't feel comfortable in one-piece dresses.

Ace designer Raakesh Aggarwal says jumpsuits have evolved during the last couple of years. "This is the reason why almost every female actor has sported it on some event or the other. A jumpsuit with a corset is as sexy a flowing gown." Above all, jumpsuits make one look slimmer and taller. Need any more reasons to have one in the wardrobe?


Go by gut feeling

While setting goals one should go by his or her gut feeling, as more often than not it will be right, say researchers.According to a study by Canada's University of Alberta, when it comes to working out where the future lies, the unconscious mind is both smarter than we think and can be a great motivator.

Alberta School of Business researcher Sarah Moore and colleagues from Duke and Cornell universities say that unconscious feelings about objects in the environment influence the pursuit of long-term goals.

Their study explores how the unconscious mind responds to objects in relation to an individual's goals - and how the unconscious continues to influence feelings about these objects once the goals are reached, whether or not the outcome has been successful.

"In the past few years, we recognised that some of (Sigmund) Freud's ideas on the unconscious mind were, in fact, correct and that a lot of our decision-making and a lot of our feelings are based on things that we're not really aware of," said Moore."In our study, we looked at how our unconscious feelings about objects in the environment influence how we pursue goals." — IANS

Star track
Emraan's image makeover 

Filmmaker Dibakar Banerjee doesn't guarantee an image change for Emraan Hashmi with his political thriller Shanghai, but says the film will bring out the "true acting capability" of the actor who is otherwise tagged as a "serial kisser".

Says Banerjee, "I don't know if Shanghai will bring about an image change for Emraan as such. But I am sure the audience will sit up and notice his true acting capability. Of course, he has acted well all through, but the focus has always been on his kissing. Shanghai will be different for him."

So far, Emraan has locked lips in films like Murder, Zeher, Aksar, Gangster — A Love Story and Crook. But he confessed a few months ago that he is quite irritated with the 'serial kisser' tag.

"Emraan is so much more than just a serial kisser. He is a very nuanced and first class actor. He can be very funny in a natural way, which has worked for his role in Shanghai. He played his role very well. I am sure that more than being irritated, he is bored of being called a serial kisser! He is quite a professional," said Dibakar. Shanghai is an adaptation of Greek diplomat and author Vassilis Vassilikos' book Z.The film also features Abhay Deol and Kalki Koechlin. — IANS

Playing around

Arshad Warsi has always been famous for his pranks. The latest on his pranklist was South star Charmee.

Arshad convinced her that one of the scenes requires her to shoot with a panther.

 When the scared actress asked the producer she saw Vivek and Arshad laughing their hearts out!

Bloom's dream role

Hollywood actor Orlando Bloom wants to play The Clash singer Joe Strummer in a biopic of the late frontman.

The 34-year-old is a huge fan of the singer, who died in 2002, and says he is one of the most iconic figures of the British punk movement.

"Life has highs and lows and complexities to make for a feature film and a great soundtrack. I'd need to brush up my vocal and guitar skills," said Bloom.

The actor recently said how Strummer was one of his inspirations when he played egomaniacal punk band leader in Sympathy for Delicious.

"Actually, you know, I was a bit more of the Ian Brown, from The Stone Roses, school of thought and also the Gallagher brothers, Liam and Noel, from Oasis. I just thought that Northern-I mean, I didn't do a Manchester accent, I did a broad Northern, because a lot of the great British bands, even the Beatles, they all came from the north of England," he said. - PTI

Pay back time

Actor Mel Gibson will pay his ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva $750,000 in order to settle their custody battle over two-year-old daughter Lucia.

They were going through a bitter dispute over the custody of Lucia and related finances for over a year.

However, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge, Peter Lichtman finally announced the terms of the settlement at a hearing which says that the actor will pay Oksana $750,000.

Another stipulation of the settlement is that Grigorieva will be allowed to live in Gibson's Californian home until their daughter turns 18.

"Oksana and Mel were in love for three years and Lucia was a planned child," Grigorieva's lawyer told.

"Oksana settled today because it was in the best interest of Lucia. She will not be commenting. Instead she is going to concentrate on raising her daughter herself without nannies," the lawyer added. —IANS

Scent of a star 

Everybody likes smelling good. A fabulous perfume can make a world of difference to your mood, confidence, and the impression you make on people. Here are the perfumes that your favourite stars like to wear
In love with fragrances
In love with fragrances
Shilpa Shetty: I love perfumes and own at least twenty-five bottles. I love pretty bottles. My favourite perfume is The One by Dolce and Gabbana. 
Not addicted
Sushmita Sen: I am not a perfume addict but I like smelling good. It's part of making an impression. I love Romance by Ralph Lauren these days.
Childhood fantasy
Shazahn Padamsee: I am a lively person so Versace's Bright Crystal is in sync with my personality and I love wearing it. Since childhood I have an addiction for perfumes.
Romancing with her mood
Kareena Kapoor: I love perfumes that smell fresh. If I am feeling low or even otherwise, I put on some of my favourite perfumes such as Romance by Ralph Lauren, Vice Versa by YSL. 
Gauri rules 
Shah Rukh Khan: We are in such a profession where you have to look good and smell good. If you don't, how will your co-star feel comfortable with you onscreen? (Laughs), jokes apart it's Gauri who buys perfumes and deodorants for me, but I prefer Paco Rabanne and Gucci they stay on you for the whole day.


Nature care
A vast expanse of greenery, fun activities and a little self-indulgence without having to drive far ! A weekend getaway is the sure-shot way to de-stress oneself

Jigyasa Kapoor Chimra

Want to get away from the busy life for a while? Here are five holiday destinations within your reach where you can have fun as the sky pours or if it’s a bright sunny day.

Hit the hills

Soul searching: The church at Kasauli 

Kasauli is an ever-loved destination for people in Chandigarh or even Delhi. Hardly two hours away from the city, this is a perfect holiday spot for people who love serenity.

Things to do: A perfect hill town, Kasauli is still a dream come true for people living in concrete jungles. Though there are not much activities that one can do here, long walks, shopping from small Tibetan shops and eating on the street is what you can enjoy here.

Where to stay: Since this town is always packed with weekend tourists, prior bookings are recommended for Kasauli. Though there are a number of hotels and private cottages on rent, Hotel Ros Common of HPTDC is one good place to stay.

Though the rooms are not very large in size and have an old look to it, the stay is quite comfortable and food is superb.

Price: The room tariff starts from Rs 1,400 onwards.

Fort full of fun

Fort Ramgarh in Panchkula is another spot where you can relax if you don’t want to go very far from the city. Located in Sector 28, Panchkula (Haryana), it is just 17 km from Chandigarh and is ideally situated on National Highway 73. A 37-feet high door welcomes you into this house of royalty.

Things to do: This place is for people who actually want a holiday and don’t intend to do any sightseeing or shopping. With a glorious 360-year old history to it, you can enjoy the health club and rejuvenate yourself in the jacuzzi, steam and sauna bath. There is a gymnasium for those who don’t want to miss on their fitness routine. And for some adventure, try archery and croquet or you could swim your stress away in the indoor swimming pool. Traditional Kerala ayurvedic masseurs too are available for your pleasure.

For the adventure freaks there is also a tree mansion in the hotel. Perched atop a banyan tree, it is actually a machaan, or one can say a treehouse, complete with an attached bathroom. A tunnel museum underneath the central courtyard displays old weapons, photographs and household items. Vintage cars too are parked for men who love machines.

Where to stay: You can choose your rooms from vintage to royal and Imperial suite.

Price: The room tariff starts from Rs 3,850 to Rs 14,777.

Bloom’s day

Green path: Yadavindra Garden In Pinjore

Yadavindra Garden in Pinjore is another place where you can enjoy your holiday amidst the greens. Just 20 km from Chandigarh, Yadavindra or better known as Pinjore garden, deserves a special mention.

This seventeen-century-old garden is spread in an area of 100 acres.

Things to do: The garden houses a mini zoo, go carting, Japanese garden, nursery and a number of picnic spots. According to the Hindu mythology, the Pandavas rested here during their exile.

Where to stay: The garden complex has rooms where you can stay and have fun exploring these Mughul gardens.

Price: On request

Hill sojourn

Majestic feel: Maharaja’s Palace at Chail

Chail is another hill town to be explored. Nestled in the lap of nature among the tall deodhar trees, Chail came into being when Bhupinder Singh, Maharaja of Patiala, was banished from Shimla, the summer capital of British India, after a dalliance with the Commander-in-Chief's daughter in the late 19th century.

Things to do: Here you can walk around the town and enjoy the hills or pay a visit to Sidh Baba ka Mandir. Maharaja's Palace is another place to visit, but a must is a visit to the cricket ground. Surrounded by deodar trees Chail cricket ground is the highest cricket ground in the world. Other than that you can visit the Chail sanctuary.

Where to stay: Chail Palace is the best option available. Built in 1891 it was originally a private mansion of the Maharaja of Patiala. Himachal Tourism purchased the Palace in 1972 and converted it into a heritage hotel. Set in 75 acres of land the hotel is a treat. The Palace has cottages, deluxe rooms, and suite but mind it have prior bookings.

Price: Rs 7,000 onwards

Scale the heights

Situated on National Highway 22 in Parwanoo, Timber Trail is another option to be explored. Spread in 1.6 acres of land the Timber Trail resort is one quiet place for relaxation. The best thing is the entry to the resort is through a trolley which takes you up by 2,000 feet.

Things to do: Relax and enjoy the walks in the green hills. The resort provides golf putting, tennis, health club etc.

Price: The packages start from Rs 5,500 plus taxes per night.

SPORTY spirit
When three good-looking, lean people from divergent fields — Abhinav Bindra, Gul Panag and Jasbir Jassi — walk up the stage promoting Fit India Movement, Chandigarh follows…

: (L-R) Gul Panag, Jasbir Jassi and Abhinav Bindra

Marks for Sports is one campaign that has found rousing support from Chandigarh students. As representatives from different schools gathered at St Stephen's-45 on Friday morning, they found three celebrities from the city supporting their cause.

While Golden boy Abhinav Bindra and sporty Gul Panag put their concerns about healthy India in words, it was popular Punjabi singer Jasbir Jassi who managed to give a happy workout to all those present — students as well teachers. Marks for Sports, an NDTV, Nirmal Lifestyle initiative urges schools and educational boards to make sports a part of the main curriculum.

Shooting right

Alumni of St Stephen's-45, Abhinav Bindra is grateful that the school trained him in sports. "I wasn't keen on sports to start with, but got involved with time," says Abhinav. Skills like concentration learnt at sports helped him do well at studies as well as life in general. "Sports taught me many life lessons. I strongly feel that they should be part every of school curriculum," says Abhinav. When grilled on the low medal tally in Olympics, Abhinav answered coolly, "There is need to promote sports from the grassroots level. Only when talent is nurtured from the beginning can we put up a better show!"

As for his own fitness routine, its couple of hours at the gym followed by some form of exercise in nature, "It clears my mind," he says.

Strong supporter

Gul Panag, as vivacious as ever post-wedding, feels that there have to be tangible gains attached with anything to be successful in India. And Marks for Sports perfectly fits the bill. "I am not with those who blame a busy schedule for not working out. If the President of America can take out time so can anyone," says Gul.

As for her, she has been putting in one hour of workout a day for the last 17 years. "I am not into regimented routine. It could be a run, walk or just Suryanamaskar, but it has to be something, usually different, each day," says the girl who carries her trainers all the time!

But is Indian society open to women taking up sports yet? "Well, what I highlighted at Delhi Marathon is what every Indian woman goes through each day, but the only way to fight back is by being defiant," she says. Gul is aware that it will be long before this dream becomes a reality, but this is a significant step.


fit as a fiddle

Jasbir Jassi is proud that Punjabi music industry does its bit to support various social causes, but he feels there is more to be done! A kabaddi player during his school days, Jassi values the importance of stamina. A 20-minute run with four songs on iPod, coupled with yoga is his fitness mantra.

On Friday morning, he enthusiastically made the crowd dance to his tunes! From Kudi to Laung da lashkara, Nishani, Jassi weaved magic, with everyone on the entire three-floor auditorium dancing to his tunes. "Only the fit can do bhangra," he cheered the crowd that asked for more and more.

Luck by chance
Sabia Talwar

Remember Neetu from Zee TV's 12/24 Karol Bagh and Geeta of Apno Ke Liye Geeta Ka Dharmyudh? Our very own Chandigarh di kudi, Sargun Mehta, is taking big strides on the small screen! Her very recent appearance is in the lead role of Color channel's Phulwa. We catch up with her.

Tell us about your background…

I belong to Chandigarh and have done my schooling from Sacred Heart till Class X; Class XI and XII, I completed from Carmel Convent School. After that I did my B.Com honours from Kirori Mal College, Delhi University.


Were you always into acting?

No, I wasn't. It's only when I joined college that I became associated with a theatre society called The Players after I was selected through auditions. When I was about to complete college, my seniors asked me to attend the auditions for 12/24 Karol Bagh'. And I was lucky enough to be selected.

Tell us something about your present role…

I'm playing the role of Phulwa, who gets married at the age of eleven and sees her husband as well as his family killed in front of her eyes. Now, she has become a dacoit and wants to take revenge. It is quite a challenge.

What's cooking between you and Ravi Dubey?

I won't deny the fact that we are close to each other; about the dating part — it's all just rumours.

Can we expect to see you in one of the reality shows soon?

Yes, for sure. I love dancing and any reality show connected to dance would really tempt me. And if it's Bigg Boss, I will go for it too because I think it is a lot of fun. As for Khatron Ke Khiladi, Phulwa is preparing me for that.

Tell us something about the struggle of small screen stars…

When you are working for the small screen, you have to give endless amount of time to your shoots. I've worked for 14 hours at a stretch! So, it is pure hardwork, very tiring but equally rewarding.

If an offer from Bollywood comes your way?

Who would say no to an offer that can make you grow in your field? But, the offer has to have some amount of weightage, as I will not go in for cameo or side roles.

Share something on your style statement…

I love to wear skirts as well as shorts and not jeans because they get too sticky for Mumbai heat. I like to wear colourful and comfortable clothes.

Every inch a designer…
Rohhit Verma, of the Bigg Boss fame, in Chandigarh, is one of those few people who advocate the thought of being comfortable in your own skin
Vasudha Gupta

It's a fact that everything Bollywood spills into the fashion industry, but the reverse is also true. Reinforcing this thought, Rohhit Verma, of the Bigg Boss fame, spoke at length about his tryst with everything fashionable. As part of the Wedding Asia — the royal Edition, he brings a tad bit of Hollywood wrapped in his kitty.

Looking every inch of a designer in skin-fit denims and a jacket of the same fabric done with embroideries and patchwork, his smile sparkles as his bejewelled tooth shines during the conversation.

An ardent Krishna fan, his label reflects his love for the natkhat God. "It's called Hare, because of my faith in Lord Krishna," he says. Talking about what he brought to Chandigarh as part of the exhibition, he ends up spilling the beans about his upcoming Kuwait Fashion Week. "I have a special collection there called Drama and Drape. It is basically a heady mix of fusion with Mughal Art," he smiles. "This I put together hurriedly," he adds.

Coming from a humble background, it was not till the age of 18 that Rohhit really knew about the designer sensibilities. "It was the time when my brother had finished his studies and started supporting me in my work," he shares. Later, he bagged the Asian Style Award and there was no looking back. "That's when life started to spiral totally out of control," he says. With a cameo in Fashion behind him, he is not one of those designers who just talks about how he would love to dress up Hollywood celebs, as he has already done it. With A-listers like Jennifer Lopez, Paris Hilton and Liz Hurley, he gives us an insight of the difference between Hollywood and Bollywood stars. "Most of them are very comfortable working with Indian designers.

For them, fit is of paramount importance. Nothing is more valuable," he smiles. His eyes sparkle just as mention Bigg Boss, his claim to making him a household name in India. Calling it the pivotal experience of his life, he has cherished memories from the house. "I entered it as a 16-year-old boy and walked out as a 40-year-old. It taught me a lot about human nature," he shares. From breaking down on national television to being open about his sexual preferences, he is one of those few people who advocate the thought of being comfortable in your own skin.

And yes, he has his fingers in several pies at the moment. All set to come up with his collection of home linen, he will also have a Bollywood star promoting his exclusive collection of menswear. He is also touted as a brand ambassador for a leading jewellery brand. "I am also doing a movie, but can't talk about it," he zips his lips and smiles.

A degree in fashion from JD Institute of Fashion sits tucked neatly under his sleeve. "The initial eight years were the toughest time I have had to face, but once my brothers joined in, things started settling down and today, my store in Juhu is a success story," he recollects. Before he goes to look after his anxious client, he leaves us with food for thought. "God has given just one life to each person. There are many influences to scare you. Everyone should learn to love and respect," he says and disappears in the sea of his curious clients.


House on wheels
Caravan car Pilote, showcased in Chandigarh, is set to change the way you travel
Manpriya Khurana

A Bentley or a Lamborghini might make a screeching statement of how you’ve arrived, but it wouldn’t let you take a shower while you’re travelling or take a nap over a flat bed! If one of the studies is to be believed, Rajasthan tourism is short by several thousand beds; travelling long distances by roads in increasingly becoming a norm. Amidst all the scattered facts, Mudit Srivastava, CEO, Groupe Pilote, sees an opening - of being able to create a demand for luxury caravans and fulfill it! “It’s a thing of desire, it’s not a necessity. We are looking at a slow but steady growth. And for the first year, we aim at a market of 40-50 vehicles.”

Mudit Srivastava (L) takes a joyride 

In Chandigarh, with his caravan car Pilote, he expects to change the way people travel. “We are obviously looking at a very top-end clientele. Let’s say a businessman travelling to Baddi - he can utilise the time and the distance in taking a shower, making his own cup of coffee and relaxing over a flat bed.”

While he says that, we take a look at the interiors. Interiors that comprise two beds, a complete washroom fitted with mini-shower panel, seating arrangement that can be converted into a lounge, mini-refrigerator, electronic chimney, countless cabinets and storage space! Accordingly, the range starts from 75 lakhs and goes up to Rs 6 crore and all the models are diesel-run. “We have around 51 configurations; our customers can opt for any of them. You want four beds, we can provide you. You want the entire area to be converted into lounge with 32 inches of screen, we’ll do that.” No wonder, apart from the queries, he’s dealt with curious requests too. He laughs, “There was this one guy who wanted a hydraulic chair installed in the van, so that he could stand through the sun roof and wave at people.”

Luxury vehicle Pilote offers all basic amenities
Luxury vehicle Pilote offers all basic amenities

The layout and the designing also provides for wooden interiors, L-shaped living rooms, a partition door, a dressing area, a variable bed height, with countless combinations and permutations of other options.

But Srivastava believes that it’s going to be a while before such vehicles become popular. “We are first looking at dealerships because we’ll not deliver a car till there’s a dealership. It is machinery for which there’s always the need for after-sales services and we just do not want unhappy customers.”


Eat as the Romans do
An Italian food festival at Kava-26, Chandigarh, promises to delight the foodie in you

The best of Italian cuisine prepared in extra virgin olive oil, to suit the palate of Chandigarh folks, is what Kava-26 promises with its ongoing Italian Food Festival!

The chef behind show, Eraldo Colazzo, who has represented Italian cuisine in close to 17 countries, promises his dishes would be different, natural and healthy. “I am not in favour of strong spices because they kill the flavour of most ingredients. When I prepare a dish, I try that each of the ingredient used reaches the palate,” he shares.

Eraldo is happy using extra virgin oil. “I consider it the best gift from mother nature. Rich in vitamin E, apart from offering numerous health benefits, it is anti-ageing as well.”

The festival has five fixed meals, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian, which are served with two complimentary drinks from Ballantine’s and Jacob’s Creek. The selection goes beyond regular pasta and bruchetta to bring in seafood spaghetti (crab, salmon in basil tomato sauce), selection of Italian cured salamis and ham with a honey balsamic dressing; selected imported gourmet cheese platter served with seasoned bread fingers baked ‘a la minute’ and more. There is variety of desserts as well with ricotta and chocolate chips cheesecake; warm apple strudel with vanilla ice cream and fresh fruit tarte with vanilla custard cream. The fixed menu starts from Rs 700 onwards. The menu is available a la carte as well.

The festival is result of Eraldo’s one of year of experience in Chandigarh. “People here are rather conservative when it comes to food. But I am sure the dishes on our menu would appeal to those who are even a little open to new flavours,” promises the chef who has finally overcome the challenge of finding authentic ingredients here. “I get most of the stuff couriered,” he shares.

A chef who loves to lead from the front is more than willing to interact with diners, talking about Italian cuisine and you might get lucky to see him play on the guitar making the eating out experience all the more wholesome!


It’s rocking
Peppy treat

The song, Fukre Na, reminds us of Diljit Dosanjh’s earlier hit, Panga. Although in the case of Panga, the credit was shared by Honey Singh. This time Diljit is the sole creator. The lyrics are the superhit, Fukre Na, from Jihne Mera Dil Luteya, is jazzy, witty and full of praise for the Punjabis. Fans are loving it and give us ample reasons for it.

It’s styllish

I loved the song the first time I heard it. It instantly catches your attention because it’s sung so stylishly. The singer hasn’t disappointed his fans. The lyrics are very contemporary, just the way youngsters like. It for sure will rule the chart for weeks to come.

— Neha Arora, student, MCM DAV College

Praising Punjabis

Diljit Dosanjh has tried to justify the habits of Punjabi boys but the truth remains that they do brag about just everything. The song is fun and peppy. Music is fresh and Diljit has done justice to the song with his style of singing, just the way he did with his hit number Panga. The video of the song could have been much better although diljit and Neeru Bajwa are looking great in the lead.

— Vikas Khurana, student, Government College of Art.

Chart buster

Fukre Na is the kind of song that will be played in every party and disc. Diljit Dosanjh has done a fabulous job with the track. It’s, of course, one of the USPs of the film. The video of the song is a tad usual as compared to the outstanding music, lyrics and Diljit’s voice. Like Panga, the song will rule the charts for many next weeks now.

— Anjali Mehta, homemaker

(Compiled by Ashima Sehejpal)

Oriyan odyssey

Carved wonder: Life-size stone statues on display 

Sandstone sculptures, colourful umbrellas, hammocks in different shapes and sizes along with famous filigree work are what you can see and buy at Orissa Handloom and Handicraft Fair at Lajpat Rai Bhawan-15.

A screen shows the popular tourist places, its famous handicrafts as well as glimpses of the culture, as award- winning artists spread their ware. Ramesh Behra with wife Kanak is busy making beautiful pieces of jewellery and artifacts with thin silver wires. Necklaces, earrings, bangles to interesting figurines, the couple is busy weaving magic with silver.

Red stone sculptures of gods and goddesses present an impressive show. Ideal for outdoor spaces, there is an array of idols, bird baths and more. Colourful garden umbrellas offer a vibrant picture (available Rs 2,000 onwards) as does the appliqué work from Pipli.

Pattachitra paintings, paddy motifs, coconut decoration, — there is plenty to choose from. There are Sambalpuri sarees as well. Hand woven in traditional motifs, they are available Rs 500 onwards for cotton and around Rs 4,000 for silk. also, on sale are Bomkei silk, tassar and bapta sarees.

Hand-woven sarees on sale

The exhibition offers an interesting journey from Puri to Pipli right here in our city!

On till September 12.

Go natural

Golden grass boxes offer an eco-friendly option to store stuff. Suitable even for kitchen, these boxes grow only golden with time... 

Something to get psyched about

A study indicates that one out of every 25 bosses is a 'psychopath' who disguises it by charm and manipulation Researchers have revealed that one in 25 company bosses are psychopaths.

The pioneering study led by New York psychologist Dr Paul Babiak revealed that bosses disguise their psychopathy by using their status, charm and manipulation.

According to them, positive experiences such as happy childhoods are what really stop these bosses from turning into potential serial killers.

The callous corporate world helps these psychopaths by rewarding ruthlessness and disregard of people's feelings.

The worst part is that these bosses are in actuality rubbish at their jobs, but keep climbing the ladder by charming people to cover up their failings, they said.

"Psychopaths really aren't the kind of person you think they are," Babiak said. "You could be married to one for 20 years and not know it. For they are good at deception," he stated.

Fellow researcher Professor Bob Hare said: "A psychopath can tell what you're thinking but what they don't do is feel what you feel. And that’s what make them different from the normal people.”

These are people without a conscience." The findings of the research conducted will be revealed in detail in a BBC2 Horizon documentary, showing that bosses are four times more likely to be psychopaths than the general population, with scientists believing 1 per cent of the public are psychos.


Today's youth less creative?

It may sound like the complaint of a jaded adult, but the youth today are less creative and imaginative as they used to be, scientists have found. In a study of about 300,000 creativity tests going back to the 1970s, researchers at the College of William and Mary in the US found that creativity has decreased among children in recent years.


Poonam Bindra

Nawabi khana: Choose from an assortment of biryani and kebabs

With the festive season on, can the foodies be far behind? The current food festival is an unimaginable culinary combo treat of Kebabs vs Biryani at Punj Spice in Park Plaza.

Kebabs have always been the royal favourite. In Turkey, shish kebab means a skewer with grilled meat. With time the kebab has evolved from whole muscle meat to minced and even vegetables.

The array of succulent kebabs at Punj Spice include galouti gosht, fish Amritsari, fish koliwara, lahsooni murg tikka, kakori kebab, murg aalishaan, methi mahi tikka in the non-vegetarian section and paneer faridata, subj galouti, tandoori fruit chat, nawabi malai seekh, Rampuri rajmah kebab and Persian paneer roll in the vegetarian section. The must try are nawabi subz biryani, soya subz biryani, Hyderabadi biryani, Sri Lankan dum biryani and minced meat biryani.

While enjoying the treat we also learn from Chef Sudhanshu that the word biryani is derived from Persian word 'Birian' meaning "fried before cooking".

The Park Plaza team is all set to tickle the Punjabi tastebuds with its classic combo of kebab and biryani with live performances by their Indian band to entertain the guests through the experience. Available at Rs 750 plus taxes for veg and Rs 850 for non-vegetarians. 

Astro turf
P Khurrana

ARIES: Achieve professional success with calm authority. You can blend logic and intuition to come up with new, creative directions. You can show a charisma that inspires others to follow your lead. Tarot message: Dare to accomplish those tasks which normally take up a lot of time. Lucky colour: Rainbow Pastels. Magic number: 39.

TAURUS: Your card brings mental clarity and perspective in chaotic situation. You work best with people who share a common vision. You focus on what you want and let those with different ideas go their way. Tarot message: Take care of interests and portfolios of your work. Lucky colour: Orange. Magic number: 42.

GEMINI: You are able to establish your business and expand in new directions. Getting out to do social event looks to be fun with friends. You easily become enthusiastic but you must stay grounded. Tarot message: Do not play into the hands of a shrewd set of colleagues. Lucky colour: Peach. Magic number: 34.

CANCER: Today your best approach is not to confront people but to go about your own tasks with a great dedication. You need to take frequent breaks at work and watch your diet & fitness routine. Tarot message: Use your judgments and be firm in extracting a commitment. Lucky colour: Crimson. Magic number: 29.

LEO: You have a renewed sense of enthusiasm, even zeal, in projects having meaning for you. Keep away from Taurus person at work who is arrogant and conceited. A good day to spend with your friends.

Tarot message: Do not leave things up to chance.

Lucky colour: Deep red.

Magic number: 32.

VIRGO: Important issues come to light before 4 p.m. You must address them even though there is a dark underside to them. Whatever your faith may be, you will come to sense of its importance as a guiding principle. Tarot message: Try to be active in catching financial opportunities. Lucky colour: Yellow. Magic number: 47.

LIBRA: You draw "The Ace of Cups" which brings beauty , pleasure and happiness. Subtle pressure within the organisation seem necessary to get things done. You should also pay attention to your motives. Tarot message: Remember it is the thought that counts and not the price tag. Lucky colour: Saffron. Magic number: 45.

SCORPIO: There are shakeups in relationships today; the challenge is to control them so that they occur in positive ways. Introduce variety that's agreeable to both of you. Spending money could be to-day's dilemma. Tarot message: It is best to balance your energy before making important decisions. Lucky colour: Peach. Magic number: 51.

SAGITTARIUS: You make an impact and shine like "The Star". You may take the lead today; set the pace and control the emotional agenda. A distant news brings cheerfulness. Unwanted distractions should be ignored. Tarot message: Yet work could pose certain minor difficulties but don't worry. Lucky colour: Green. Magic number: 33.

CAPRICORN: "The wheel of fortune" spins in some good fortune. Today you are capable to handle more than two situations at the same time. Take prevention measures like exercise and good rest than take medicines. Tarot message: Be sure involving yourself as much as possible in a new project. Lucky colour: Burgundy. Magic number: 58.

AQUARIUS: "The Priests" usher in a pure, exalted and gracious influence. You are in a confused situation. You're challenged to think things through and risk the uncertainty of your own decisions. Tarot message: Try to relax in the middle of the week and put your cares to one side. Lucky colour: Purple. Magic number: 61.

PISCES: After an active night, you might appreciate a peaceful, restful day. You're in a position to stir things up but be very careful about arousing a reaction against what you're doing. Tarot message: You will be happier if you retain the fruit of your hard work.

Lucky colour: Black.

Magic number: 27. 

Chatter box
Bigg promotion

Double dhamaal: Sanjay Dutt and Salman Khan

The promos of Colors reality show Bigg Boss 5 are out and Bollywood stars Salman Khan and Sanjay Dutt look cute in them. They make fun of the participants of what they might do and how they might fare.

The duo is also shown talking about how the celeb participants will be treated when they meet them. Bigg Boss 5 is touted to launch in October.

Degree of commitment

Study bound: Pratyusha Banerjee

Not many actress think of studying once they become leads in a top-rated television show but Pratyusha Banerjee who plays Anandi in Balika Vadhu on Colors plans to do her Mass Communication course. She has applied in IGNOU and will follow her course through correspondence. This distance learning course appeals to her as she always wanted to do it. "I got busy with Balika Vadhu and I haven't been able to find time. Once the show is over, I want to get into art direction and a mass communication degree will help," says Pratyusha.

Gujarati affair

Culture rocks: Aasiya Kazi

After her debut show Bandini, Aasiya Kazi is playing a Gujarati girl second time round in Dharmapatni on Imagine TV and she is happy about it. Talking about the promotions she did in Ahmedabad recently for the show, she claims that she feels more like a Gujarati. She has learnt the language and even the rituals. Asiya has taken acting and dance classes and also works on her Gujarati accent.

Not funny anymore

Ankita Lokhande was glad to be a part of another show besides her daily serial Pavitra Rishta. But then rumours came that she couldn't give time to the production unit and threw tantrums. Ankita was quoted saying, the rumours were false and the producer of Comedy Circus wanted her to stay. Now, fresh news from Comedy Circus is that Ankita has been replaced by hottie Shweta Tiwari. Apparently, she couldn't give time for rehearsals and her partner Kapil Sharma too was not happy with Ankita's attitude or her comic timing. So now Shweta is in.

Earlier, too Shweta hosted few episodes when host Resshmi Ghosh was replaced with Roshni Chopra who couldn't make it for the episodes. Ankita explains that she opted out as she couldn't manage time between Pavitra Rishta and Comedy Circus and it was taking a toll on her health.

Techno freak

Mobile fan: Ravi Dubey

Ravi Dubey aka Tej in Sony's Saas Bina Sasural loves gadgets and is obsessed with technology. He uses his mobile phone not just to make calls but record conversations, listen to songs, watch videos, surf the net and more. And his iPhone is a boon for him, he feels.


Denial mode

Still in love: Rajev Paul

We hope Delnaazz is reading this as her estranged husband Rajev Paul claimed in an interview that he doesn't want a divorce. Rajev added he still loves her and in a moment of depression things went wrong between the two. Now, he has appealed and met all of her relatives and friends asking them to persuade her to come back to him but she sent a message that she isn't interested. He hopes his statement in the press reaches her and they are able to save their 14-year-old marriage.

The year ahead
Madan Gupta Spatu

If your birthday is September 3...

Number three is sociable, friendly and has positive vibrations. Kind, positive, and optimistic, three's enjoy life and have a good sense of humour. Ruled by Jupiter, you will be jovial, friendly, positive, adventurous, self-expressive. If expressed negatively: extravagant, scattered and superficial. All that restless energy you've been feeling can now be channeled into any direction you want. Business: A smart partner or coworker helps you enlarge upon your already big ideas, as well as plan for implementation.

Career: A change will make you give the best of yourself as you will see an opening for your future career. You'll feel satisfied, have more self esteem and will face life in a positive way. Family: Spending may be on the rise due to vacations, weddings, travel and educational needs, especially equipment for sports or music. You must aggressively execute your financial planning. Your partner could gain a lot through property matters. Friendship: You can communicate your deepest emotions with ease, even those that you usually keep under wraps. You could encounter someone that you feel totally comfortable with. Health: Some of you may suffer from high blood pressure or nervous breakdown. Avoid those friends who love to eat, drink and be merry all the time.

Love: A past love might enter your life bringing feelings of excitement, but you should remember that there was a reason your paths got separated in the first place and unless you want to repeat past heartaches you should put a guard in front of your emotions. Travel: The more, the merrier: that's almost always your motto and it's a good way to operate -- in most cases. If you're going to a local fiesta, then invite your newfound friends along with your current traveling companions. State of mind: Stop feeling the pressure of obligations to do certain jobs because you want people to like you. Integrate enjoyable activities like cooking, gardening, painting, and pottery into your daily life. You need an outlet for your creative talent

Compatible signs: Cancer, Capricorn. Lucky colours: Sea green and silver. Lucky days: Wednesday and Saturday. Lucky numbers: 2, 5, 17, 20, 22. Lucky flower :Pansy. Lucky gemstone - Pukhraj.

Vivek Oberoi (September 3, 1976 , Hyderabad) son of Bollywood actor Suresh Oberoi celebrates the arrival day in this world with you.His big break came with film Company which went on to become a commercial success and Oberoi received critical acclaim for his performance.

Shootout at Lokhandwala. Mission Istanbul are some notable films. Oberoi serves as the World Health Organisation's anti-tobacco spokesperson. His work with Project Vivek has a long way to go to become a superstar due to unfavorable Saturn and Jupiter.

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