Brush with the screen 
Seven youngsters from Chandigarh will be playing a part in Karan Johar's next venture, Student of the Year. We catch up with a few…
Vasudha Gupta

Films tend to always leave a bit of their stardust on the common man. Wherever the cast and crew of any upcoming film go, everyone flocks around to catch a glimpse and a lucky few manage a role in the movie! Chandigarh boasts of seven youngsters who will be playing a part in Karan Johar's next venture, Student of the Year. A launch pad for several new faces in the industry, the movie recently wrapped up its shoot in Dehradun.

Sunny Sheoran
Sunny Sheoran

Among the several production houses, one was handed over the charge of finding the right kind of face for the college shoot. The Theatre Army shouldered the responsibility and did it well. Talking about the experience, Sunny Sheoran, who was responsible for the casting and the production, shares his side of the story. "The one point of working with Dharma productions is that the actors can never be unhappy," he says. Responsible for all the production requirements, Sunny talks about how different the experience was for him.

"Karan Johar made it a point to interact with all the crew members with utmost patience and ease," he says. For Shubhi, who has already been a part of Yaaran Naal Bahaaran 2, there is a stark difference between the working of a Bollywood production and a Punjabi film. "There is no doubt that Bollywood is more structured in its approach. Everything happened on time and finished as per schedule," she says.

Shubhi is one of the faces who will share screen space with the lead actors. "For the auditions of this one scene, tapes of all the aspirants had gone to Karan Johar for perusal. I feel blessed that I was the chosen one," she smiles. All praise for Karan Johar, the girl could not stop blushing at his mention. "He is one of the best directors to work with. It is just great how he explains everything and is an epitome of patience," she says.

If the contrast between Punjabi cinema and Dharma productions was evident, so was the difference between Mausam and this film. Vikas Kamboj, a 23-year-old from Chandigarh, and his twin sister Ritika Kamboj have previously rubbed shoulders with Pankaj Kapoor. "Mausam had very few actors. This film, on the contrary, had so many young faces, making the experience more enriching," shares Vikas.

Playing twins in the film added to the whole magic of the shoot for these two girls. "Our clothes, hair-dos and everything had to be coordinated," Ritika says. Sharing an experience Vikas says, "There was a day when all of us went missing and had to be summoned by Karan. Everyone was just screaming, "Where are the Chandigarh girls?"

For a young air-hostess in the making, Venus Sharma, it was more about learning professionalism. All of 19, she is 5'7 and her first experience taught her how the entertainment industry works. "It was all work at the shoot. Only in the rarest of the rare cases, the interaction was casual," she says. Professional, yet casual, was the mantra for her during the 20-day shoot.

fact file

Student of The Year is an upcoming Indian comedy film directed by Karan Johar, starring new-comers Varun Dhawan, Siddharth Malhotra and Alia Bhatt in the lead roles.

The film is produced by Karan Johar and Shah Rukh Khan under the banner of Dharma Productions and Red Chillies Entertainment. The cast and crew were in Dehradun for 20 days and shot at the Forest Research Institute as well as the Kasiga School.

The movie stars Mahesh Bhatt's daughter, Aila Bhatt; David Dhawan's son, Varun Dhawan, Siddharth Malhotra, Rishi Kapoor; Boman Irani's son Kiyo and Ronit Roy. The crew included Manish Malhotra, Vaibhavi Merchant and of course Karan Johar.

Keep emotions at bay
When at work, it’s quintessential to keep personal talk to the minimum and thereby maintain a dynamic balance

A co-worker eternally talking about his new born (and what a genius he is), another always boasting of his academic credentials, yet another on how difficult her would-be-in-laws are…well, though everyone harps on professionalism at the work place, it's not always possible to split our professional and personal lives!

A recent survey says, "Swedes are breaking down the barriers between their work and private lives by showing more emotion on the job."

In India when whole of the neighborhood keeps stock of one's aunt's visits (whether she comes or not, it fuels gossip anyway), how do people deal with co-worker's emotional rants? We find out!

Sharing practical jokes, crying, sharing personal problems or even flirting — there is a whole gamut of emotions that one expresses at workplace in a typical day. Is it perfectly normal to express some of such emotions or not, we check out with tricity folks!

"I guess every one has a friend or two at workplace," says Aayush Chopra, technical support at an MNC at Mohali. "Professional atmosphere is a given, but I do feel that it is important to open up and share what you like to talk about at times," he says. But there is one rider that comes with Aayush's advice, "While it is all right to share personal stuff with one's co-workers (on the same level), I would warn against doing so with the management. You don't want to risk showing a weakness that can be used against you some time later."

Seconds Gurpreet Kaur, assistant professor, "In my decade-long experience, I have experienced that no one at the workplace is bothered about your problems." It's better that one keeps to oneself. Those who are silent fare better in the career than those who are an open book. "I have this colleague who I know is dealing with a tough situation in her personal life. Just because she shares about it all, at workplace people try finding faults in her only; holding her irresponsible for the trouble at home as well as at work," she says.

However, in a scenario when we spend more time at the workplace than at home, it becomes a given that the bond with the co-workers goes beyond just being professionals. Says Pushpanjali Gautam, deputy manager, security, State Bank of India. "I have been blessed with a wonderful work atmosphere now and even when I was serving as a captain in the Army," says Pushpanjali, who served as a Short Service Commission officer before taking up work at the bank. "Just like anyone else, I have also shared the personal highs and lows and made great friends at work," she says. Her trick has been to keep within limits. "There should be a cap on the information one shares. It's all right to have a few laughs, but that should not interfere with your work," she says.

Professional talk

"In today's competitive world, workers generally keep their professional and personal life apart. Women who were traditionally stereotyped to drag their home issues to office are a changed lot today. They are successfully juggling varied roles without letting situations at work take their toll. And, that is the correct approach," says Nitasha Khehra, assistant professor psychology, MCM DAV College-36

Kangana is never wrong

Actress Kangana Ranaut has no qualms in admitting that she is stubborn and that she never accepts her mistakes. "I don't accept my mistakes. I never say I'm wrong, not even if I'm hanged," she confessed on UTV Stars' show Live My Life.

The actress has been controversy's favourite child whether it is for her relationships or for her tiffs with movie producers.

But it has not affected her work and she has proved her mettle as an actor with her performances in films like Gangster - A Love Story and Tanu Weds Manu.

She even won a national award for essaying the plight of a top model in Fashion.

The 24-year old has enough work to keep herself busy in 2012 - she has Der Ishqiya, Krrish 2, Tanu Weds Manu 2 and Priyadarshan's Tezz.


Aamir sets a new trend again…

Aamir Khan can do anything as he is the one whom people follow because of his message-filled movies and now after getting a child through surrogacy and IVF, Aamir Khan has sent a great message in real life too.
Aamir Khan with Kiran Rao
parenting theory: Aamir Khan with Kiran Rao

Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao became the parents of a healthy boy via surrogate mother using in-vitro fertilisation (IVF). This will be the first time in Bollywood where a powerful person has been so open about it. The concept of a surrogate mother has been seen only in films like Chori Chori Chupke Chupke and Filhaal in Bollywood. But surrogate pregnancy is not a new thing in Hollywood. Names like Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban and Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick have already done it.

Obviously no one knew about it so when in the night Kunal Kohli posted on Twitter, "Congrats Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao on becoming parents," the news spread like fire. On the other hand Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao too confirmed the news by sending a letter to the media stating, "It gives us the greatest joy to share with you the good news of the birth of our baby boy. This baby is especially dear to us because he was born to us after a long wait and some difficulty.

Due to medical complications, we were advised to have a baby through IVF-Surrogacy, and we feel very grateful to the Almighty that all has gone well."

On the other hand we saw people congratulating Aamir-Kiran like his friend Madhavan said, "Congratulations Aamir and Kiran on becoming parents." With so many wishes pouring in, Aamir Khan has taken to Twitter thank . — HRM

Ready for B-town!

Tom Cruise has said that he has seen a few Hindi movies (though he cannot point the names) and that he would love to be part of one. We wonder if Bollywood will be able to afford him, though as the dashing superstar makes millions of dollars per movie!

Unaffordable star: Tom Cruise

Bollywood dreams

National award winning actor Mithun Chakraborty, who has been in the industry for almost 36 years, feels that only talent that can help an individual carve a niche in Bollywood.
Work matters: Mithun Chakraborty
Work matters: Mithun Chakraborty

"If you've got talent, no one can stop you from achieving success in your field. No one in my family was ever related to the film industry. No godfather can help you. I didn't have any godfather," the 61-year-old said at a press meet for the third season of dance reality show Dance India Dance.

After starting his career with offbeat Mrigaya in 1976, Mithun carved a niche for himself in commercial Hindi films with hits like Disco Dancer, Pyar Jhukta Nahin, Ghar Ek Mandir, Ghulami and Agneepath.

Currently the actor is gearing up for his small screen stint as the grand master on Dance India Dance.

Talking about the best dancers in the industry today, he said: "I have always said that Hrithik Roshan is a fabulous dancer. Shahid Kapoor also dances very well. They have it in them and they have proved it."

Mithun also feels that dancing styles are changing with time and one has to adapt to such changes because "people get bored watching the same style again and again."

Meanwhile, the actor is active on big screen and he has just wrapped up Sajid Khan's Housefull 2. He was also seen in Golmaal 3 in 2010 and also starred in Bengali films Nobel Chor and Mahesh Manjrekar's Ami Shubhash Bolchi. — IANS

Space issues

Director Kunal Kohli had trouble finding space for shooting a qawwali that's filmed on Shahid and Priyanka. Kunal needed ample space to put up a set for the next schedule of his film, but he couldn't find it here so had to scurry to Madh Island to build his set.

different tune: Priyanka Chopra"I needed to create pre-partition Punjab in 1910 and couldn't shoot in actual Punjab because the topography has changed completely. So we decided to put up a vast set. But none of the studios in Mumbai had space! So my art director Munish Sappal, who is a Punjab expert after Pinjar and Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, finally built it on Madh Island," said Kohli, who had earlier directed Hum Tum and Fanaa.

On the set, choreographer Chinni Prakash is set to shoot a qawwali where Shahid Kapoor and Priyanaka Chopra will battle it out over that thing called love.

"The qawwali, written by Prasoon Joshi and composed by Sajid-Wajid, is a hell-raiser. Both Shahid and Priyanka, though thorough professionals, are apparently bracing themselves for doing an Aashiqana qawwali in full public view, replete with references to boys with roving eyes and girls making eyes…."

In the film, Shahid plays a Muslim boy, while Priyanka essays a Sikh girl.

Shahid-Priyanka had rocked the box office with their superb chemistry in the 2009 hit Kaminey. —IANS

It’s a steal for Sofia

Filmmaker Sofia Coppola is reportedly planning to make a movie about the young burglars who raided the Hollywood homes of Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and Orlando Bloom.

The group, known as the Hollywood Bling Ring, was believed to be responsible for a string of celebrity break-ins in 2008 and 2009 allegedly stealing designer clothing, jewellery and cash from victims including actress Rachel Bilson and reality TV star Audrina Patridge.

Five people were arrested and charged on felony first degree residential burglary counts last year and now the Lost in Translation director is working on a movie based on the story.

Her father Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope studio is rumored to be backing the production.

— PTI 

Guetta on hall of fame

French DJ David Guetta has become the first musician to be inducted into a new hall of fame in Hollywood.

The 44-year-old house musician, who has hit tracks like Sexy Chick and I Gotta Feeling to his credit, left his mark in cement on Saturday for the music-themed Handprint Homage at Grauman's Chinese Theater.

Guetta inaugurated the new program meant only for musicians. The resulting imprint will be mounted on the wall of the renovated Grauman's Ballroom, which is the new name of the completely renovated lobby of the Chinese 6 theater complex on the third floor of the theater. — PTI 

Suit-ed for men!
With the arrival of winter, here’s checking out the latest trends in suits 
Jigyasa Kapoor Chimra

Fashion trends for men are greatly different from women, but they do exist! Though their cycle of clothing moves slower than women, the style is definite and stays for long. And this holds true for men suits as well.

For long, it has been all about slim and skinny cuts for men but as the fall 2011 fashion rolls along, though skinny won’t be out, the suit statement is all about a cut that compliments the male physique, a suit that broadens the shoulders and trims the waist, highlighting an exercised body.  

Encapsulating the trend of suits for fall/winter 2011/2012, Parminder from Purba Tailors in Sector 7 says, “A good suit will always take the best elements from the peak eras of men’s suiting - the formality of the Victorian era, the savoir faire of the 1930s and, for some cuts, the skinny detailing of the 1960s, which becomes the modern silhouette. Slim suits, as we call them, are also the trend and they are actually not the fitted suits but called so because boxy suits are out of fashion. Suits are now tailored to fit the body perfectly, one that accentuates a sense of the masculine through key silhouette elements.” 

Having sailed smoothly for all these years, single-breasted suit is a trend that will never go out of fashion. But despite being the default style, they’re also the dominant, on-trend suit cut for 2011 and 2012. “Single-breasted suit is a dominant suit style for men, but the cut has evolved for 2011/2012. We see a different collar style in a single breast suit. Two-button and three-button jacket too is trend for men this winter. Tweed coats are a must-have in the wardrobe; for the style it is the evergreen two-button coat. For weddings, there is the bandh gala coat with Jodhpuri pants or as we call them breech pants,” says Ritu Kochar, corporate director, INIFD.  

Going global, double-breasted suit, a cut that was as much loved as hated, has made a comeback this season. Though they were in fashion some years back and were originally designed to hide a plump figure, now they are fashioned to accentuate a well-kept body. “The waistcoat has long been a dead item for most men, but in men’s street-wear the waistcoat is back with a vengeance. And it’s back as a statement piece,” says designer Amit Kashyap. He adds, “The three-piece suit is another style that would prevail in 2011/2012, but it is all about cohesion and this means the waistcoat has to be in the same fabric as the suit’s other two pieces.” 

Men’s fashion trends for fall/winter are certainly interesting as well as bold. Luxurious fabrics have been used in each and every item. Neutral and classic grey has been widely used in formal-wear while vibrant hues rule the casual-wear.

Carefully casual

All for brands: Pallavi Every person has a sense of style. Yet there are only few who’d attract the second glances, who have the power to make the camera go zoom on them. It could be the tousled hair, it could be the torn jeans. Our this week’s face in the crowd Pallavi, MSc student, Panjab University, loves trying every conceivable piece of clothing possible and yet retain her individuality.

Your sense of style is…

I like to keep it casual and understated. You can dress up but you shouldn’t look like you have dressed up. I also have a craze for cosmetics.

Latest addition in your wardrobe…

A creamy brown cardigan from Tommy Hilfiger and footwear from Shoe Tree.

Brand freak or street smart?

I don’t like street wear. It’s mostly branded garments that I go for. Good fitting is important for me.

Choose one—sporty, glamorous or chic

Glamorous…Because I certainly am not sporty, that’s’ too simple for me.

My style icon …

Sonam Kapoor. She’s classy in everything she sports.

Who’s the worst dressed celebrity around?

Vidya Balan. I can not pinpoint what I don’t like in her dressing sense but I just don’t like it. And Rakhi Sawant too. She’s vulgar and doesn’t know how to carry herself.

One fashion trend you don’t understand…

Far too many of them. Any fashion trend that doesn’t have practicality to it. Coloured hair and especially those horrendous blondes. It’s unhealthy.

Your take on accessories

Accessories for me means jewellery. Rings of all shapes and sizes, stone-studded earrings and something matching.

One thing that boosts your confidence

Kohl… It’s an instant glam thing.

I would love to be dressed up by….

Manish Malhotra. I buy sarees only from his label. And he is the best designer for weddings. Also Ritu Beri. She’s a true blue diva and her designs are a class apart.

(As told to Manpriya Khurana)

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Doc Talk
Ray of hope
Dr Suruchi Gupta

Laser skin rejuvenation or laser peel (as it is popularly called) is the latest and revolutionary anti-aging technique that uses lasers to reduce the effects of ageing on the skin. The technique is particularly effective on the skin of the face and neck but can be used on any area of skin.  Laser rejuvenation is primarily used for the treatment of wrinkles and freckles, open pores, sun damage, pigmentation, rough skin, lax skin and acne scar marks on the face.

The biggest advantage of laser rejuvenation is the speed with which the results are achieved. Most patients notice significant improvement in their looks immediately after the very first treatment. Also the treatment can be customised not only for each patient but also for each area of the face.

Laser skin rejuvenation is simple and easy, in-and-out procedure and no anesthesia or numbing gels are required. Three kinds of lasers are usually used for laser skin rejuvenation: 2940 nm Er:YAG laser, 10,600nm CO2 laser and 1540nm Er:Glass laser. Looking at the safety profile and efficacy, 2940 nm Er:YAG laser shows the best results on Indian skin. It is very precise, can be used over delicate areas like eyes, produces better texture changes; and has less downtime with minimal risk of pigmentation and scarring. One can resume work immediately after the procedure. CO2 laser is less precise, has an increased risk of hypopigmentation and scarring over Indian skin and has a long downtime of nearly three weeks. While 1540nm Er:Glass laser is non-ablative with no downtime and definitely has less side-effects; but it is less effective. The patients need multiple sittings for the desired results and the results are relatively short-lived.

No serious side-effects or complications are noted post-treatment, however some patients may get redness and inflammation over the treated area which is self-limiting and settles overnight. Ice compresses may be applied to the treatment areas to speed up recovery and to make you more comfortable. The treated skin has to be kept well hydrated with good moisturisers and the patient should follow “no sun, no soap” regime for one week. A sunscreen with SPF-50 every three hourly is a must for desired results.

Most of the patients need just two sittings at a gap of 1-3 months, while some patients may go for maintenance therapy every 6-12 months for everlasting results.

(Dr Gupta is director and chief consultant dermatologist and cosmetologist at Aura Skin Clinic and MediSpa.)

One for the dude
Bromance application to help ‘lonely’ men bond with likeminded people

A new application, dubbed ‘bromance’, which will help likeminded ‘straight’ men to bond with each other and form a platonic friendship is all set to hit the markets. Pegged as an application designed for the ‘dude that does’, Bromance is a location-based social networking device that will allow users post an activity to the app so that nearby users can respond and join.

“Let’s say all your friends are busy, and you really want to play basketball—you can actually put the event in our application, get other people nearby that want to play basketball, and start shooting hoops together,” said Jordan Perry, one of the creators of the app, as telling The Huffington Post. Like Grindr, a geo-social networking application for gays and bisexuals, the app has users post their favourite activities to their ‘brofiles’ as well as pictures that other users check out, which has prompted critics to tag ‘Bromance’ as a tool prime for closeted gay men.

However, the creators have denied the claim, labelling the criticism as clear examples of bias.

“Good for them, I guess, if their homophobia prevents them from wanting to meet other people in their area who could potentially be great friends,” co-creator Jeffrey Canty said.
“To me it sounds like you aren’t comfortable with your sexuality.” Aimed at men between the ages of 21 and 40, the app apparently has little organised bias and encourages straight and gay users to join.

It does not even stop at the typical gender qualifications of bromance, saying that women are welcome to join as well.

“A girl can always be a bro,” Perry added.


chatter box
live like a man

As if beating up a contestant while shooting her latest reality show Steal Ur Girlfriend for Channel [V] wasn’t enough! Kashmera Shah, who anchors it in true-blue chick-flick style, has now turned into a man for it. Yes! You heard it right! Kash has disguised herself as a guy for the latest episode of the show. Ask her why and she shoots, “Sometimes you have to think like the enemy to win the war. I am not interested in small relationship battles, but more in knowing what makes men think and behave in a certain way. Moreover, some girls are pretty stubborn and can only be convinced by men. Hence, I had to disguise myself to fool one such girl and give her the much-needed advice from a ‘man’.

Steal Ur Girlfriend has Kashmera playing a guardian angel, helping out helpless lovers turn from zeroes to heroes and steal girlfriends of other guys! Whether the contestant finally took Kash’s advice or not is to be seen, but more than that it’ll be fun to check out how her smart boyfriend Krushna reacts when he watches the show and finds out that she actually raided his wardrobe for playing the part of a man. “Krushna is always borrowing my wigs to play a gal on Comedy Circus, so I’ve got back at him by flicking some of his clothes,” winks Kash.

Oh boy!: Kashmera Shah

Touching the Sky

The hot-tempered Sky aka Akashdeep Sehgal, infamous for his sharp tongue and constant verbal spats with the Bigg Boss inmates, is in love. Recently, the lead actor of Ladies V/S Ricky Bahl, Ranveer Singh went inside the house to promote the film. However, that was not the only agenda on his mind. While coming out of the house, Ranveer Singh slowly whispered in Sky’s ears that his girlfriend wanted him to know that she misses him.

Hot property: Akashdeep Saigal

Blinded in love

Maan aka Gurmeet Chaudhary is as mushy as they come. Here he talks about love, romance, marriage and his lovely wife Debina.

What is romance?

Romance is a feeling in your heart when you want to move the earth for your loved one. When you feel like bringing the earth, sun, stars and the moon for her, it is romance. You don’t think twice about crossing all boundaries for your loved one. When you do everything for your beloved, just to get a heartfelt smile from them, that is romance.

They say marriages are made in heaven, do you agree?

Everyone knows my story, how I fell in love with Debina. We were friends and not so close back then, yet one day I told her, ‘I will marry you’. I was actually flirting with her. The words came true and today we are married. I truly believe that you are destined to meet your life partner and when you do, you know that person is for you. Yes, marriages are made in heaven.

How would you describe marriage?

Many people think marriage is a burden or one is tied down post marriage which I don’t think should be the case. People say when we were dating things were cool but post marriage the spouse objects to things, says don’t do this and don’t do that… Marriage for me is a vow to your partner that you will love him or her and be with him or her forever. We married for society but nothing changed between us. Marriage is actually to show society that you are together but if it doesn’t work, you can always get a divorce. It is the relationship that counts—married or not.

Do you think love is blind?

Love is totally blind (laughs). You see no flaw in your partner and no crime in whatever you do for them even if it is wrong. You are ready to go to any length in love.

A cool romantic date would be ...

I would go to a beach with her and simply be with her. Goa is a special place for both of us as we have spent some cherished moments there. When we were nobodies, we would go there and explored a lot. We would roam around so we relive those times and feel closer than ever.

— HRM.

Surprise package

Zee TV’s Star Ya Rockstar grand finale on December 10 is going to have a surprise guest: Dhanush. Dhanush who? Well, if you don’t know the name, he is southern superstar Rajnikanth’s son-in-law. More than that, he is the artiste behind that internet super hit song Why this Kolaveri Di from the Tamil film 3 which stars him and Shruti Hassan. hanush’s Star Ya Rockstar appearance will mark the first time he will be appearing on a Hindi entertainment channel. Accompanying him will be the song’s composer Anirudh. 

The year ahead
Madan Gupta Spatu

If your birthday is December 8...

You can be inconsiderate at work; boastful and extravagant in 2012. Your creative side is dominant in the forthcoming year. You’ll be able to stabilise your finances and make your future more secure; 2012 is also a good time for investments.

You’ll have great opportunities to consolidate your relationships; you’ll decide important dates for your life with your beloved. Fear nothing, for this is a favourable year. You can reach your goal slowly. Along the way you’ll meet important and influential people. Work and play are the yin and yang of life. Make sure the dedication to your job isn’t overshadowing your time with your partner. Balance is the key. A gift, grant or inheritance gives you much needed financial cushion. Although you’re tempted to spend money on luxuries, you are better off putting it into a savings account. Having money in the bank allows you to make better choices. You won’t have to take boring jobs or maintain exhausting relationships with this sum in reserve. A workplace flirtation gives your daily life a welcome lift. You and your colleague can’t seem to stay out of each other’s way. You can avoid failure if you rewrite your plans before the New Year dawn.  Mood: Slightly worried. Compatible signs: Libra, Cancer and Leo. Lucky colours: Silver, red. Lucky days: Saturday. Lucky numbers: 9, 11, 16, 21, 22. Lucky gem: Blue sapphire. Lucky flower: Black rose.


A living legend, Dharmendra (December 8, 1935, Sahnewal) one of the biggest Bollywood superstars, shares his birthday with you. He represents the Bikaner constituency of Rajasthan (BJP) as MP. He was recently awarded the Lifetime achievement award for his contribution to Hindi cinema. He has appeared in more than 200 Hindi films since the early 1960s. The He-Man as he is often called has given blockbusters consistently from 1962 till 1995 as lead hero alone. 

Astro turf
P Khurrana

ARIES: Ten of Pentacles bode extremely well for relationship. Today you will be able to enjoy interacting with people. Your ability to communicate effectively will help your reputation. Strange undercurrents at home can give rise to drama. Tarot message: Do not let trivial problems haunt you. Lucky colour: Deep red. Magic number: 28

TAURUS: The karmic Wheel of Fortune turns in your favour. Get a good night sleep and cancel the late night party. Today loved ones will be more demanding. Trust your intuition. Beware of strangers in the evening. Tarot message: Capitalise on your strength and do not trust others. Lucky colour: Forest green. Magic number: 32

GEMINI: The Prince of Pentacles infuses financial stability. A Libra host will appreciate your culinary talent. A happy surprise awaits you. Tarot message: Don’t do anything at the cost of health. Time will heal all pains and wounds. Lucky colour: Cherry red. Magic number: 43

CANCER: Like The Knight of Cups you are emotional in personal relationships. Professional success blends with anxiety. A new love affair will put you in a romantic frame of mind. Tarot message: Lack of persistence can be disastrous in business matters. Lucky colour: White. Magic number: 47

LEO: Do not get sucked into work. Plan some fun with friends and leave stress behind. The Magus brings change. Today you will be quite amazed to find yourself taking on a more ambitious role. Tarot message: Don’t waste an opportunity by being rash or impulsive. Lucky colour: Turquoise. Magic number: 44

VIRGO: Ace of Swords pulls you in the opposite direction when making a decision. A yearning for overseas travel and adventure could encourage a career of your choice. A celebration is on the cards. Tarot message: Keep your eyes on the future as you do so. Lucky colour: Fiery red. Magic number: 28

LIBRA: Some very interesting issues crop up in business and that gives you different ideas on how to go about financial matters. Loved ones may not fully understand you. Tarot message: Don’t do anything at the cost of health. Time will heal all pains. Lucky colour: Lotus pink. Magic number: 33

SCORPIO: The Prince of Cups brings out your hopes and desires that you mask with a calm surface. You are good at getting people to express their opinions and keeping your own hidden. Tarot message: Be positive; you can make things happen out of the most unlikely circumstances. Lucky colour: Peacock blue. Magic number: 36

SAGITTARIUS: The Lovers facilitate you to be open and inspired by new ideas. A surprise phone call could put you back in touch with a friend you have not seen for a long time. Tarot message: Do not be in a rush to spend extravagantly.

Lucky colour: Silver Grey.

Magic number: 54

CAPRICORN: The Priestess infuses some promise in your personal relationships. Bring up the sensitive issues. Today a long cherished dream may come true. Be understanding and keep in mind the likes and dislikes of your mate. Tarot message: Spend time meeting experienced people. Lucky colour: Crimson. Magic number: 37

AQUARIUS: The Prince of Wands comes riding with a promise of power. You are in for an interesting day. Activities with your friends are likely to be good humored. Tarot message: Be positive; you can make things happen out of the most unlikely circumstances. Lucky colour: Brown. Magic number: 56

PISCES: The Fool infuses you with courage. A neighbour has some gossip to share with you. Make sure you really want to hear secrets or rumours about someone. Your personal interests are likely to be stagnant. Focus on health. Tarot message: Don’t try to end all the deadlocks at one go. Lucky colour: Ebony. Magic number: 25

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