Young & happening
Imran Khan, tells us how he has enjoyed working with his favourite actress Kareena Kapoor in his upcoming venture Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu
Sabia Talwar

From Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na to the controversial Delhi Belly, we have seen the young Imran Khan taking it all as a learning experience. Promoting his upcoming movie Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu, Imran Khan gets talking on his experience in Bollywood till date. Imran’s debut Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na was a huge success…how did he feel after he received such a response? “I never expected it to be a blockbuster and thought that it would be a small film, which might go unnoticed. I never plan for things ever in my life.”

He adds, “I take things as and when they come.” In fact, Imran was never fond of acting and always wanted to become a director. “Acting was the last thing I ever thought of. But somehow destiny wanted me to be on the screen. Abbas Tyrewala offered me Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na as he believed I was the right choice for the movie.”

He adds, “I always wanted to become a director and I also took worked behind the scenes in L.A.” Kidnap, one of his movies which, sadly, flopped at the box-office had demanded a lot from him. “For Kidnap, I worked really hard; when it failed it did hurt me, but then you learn to deal with it.” He adds, “One tends to learn more from failure than success. Failure reveals the people who are actually close to you.” And when he had already faced a couple of flops, Karan Johar offered him I Hate Luv Storys.

And how did he face the criticism for Delhi Belly. Says Imran, “I somehow anticipated that Delhi Belly will face such problems, but anything which they say is corrupting the society is automatically cool and young.” Although he is the nephew of Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan, Imran says he has his own independent identity. “My successes and failures are my own,” quips Imran.

And now as we have seen him confidently sharing screen space with Genelia D’Souza, Katrina Kaif, Sonam Kapoor and in his upcoming movie Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu, he will be seen with Kareena Kapoor. So who does he have the best onscreen chemistry with? “I have enjoyed working with everyone. Kareena has been my favourite actress and I always wanted to work with her; was pretty excited when I actually got that chance,” says Imran.

Talking about the upcoming Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu, Imran says he is playing the role of a guy who hasn’t done anything in life, which is pure fun. “My character is a sad and tragic one, but the movie shows an unusual relation between Kareena and me.” He adds, “There are more layers to this rom-com.”

Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu, which is due for release on February 10, 2012, is a relationship-based movie and Imran believes it will be enjoyed by a younger audience. “Every actor relates to their own age group. I want to grow older with my audience.” Also in the pipeline is Vishal Bhardwaj’s Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola, opposite Anushka Sharma.

Warm welcome
Winter of discontent for brides? No way, say designers

The chilly winter and bridal wear might seem an oddity. But not any more, thanks to the modern-western fusion by designers who have created layered outfits, embellished jackets, heavy saris teamed up with corsets and much more in velvet and brocade for brides to enjoy a perfect winter trousseau exuding style, glamour and attitude.

In long anarkali kurtas teamed up with lehengas, saris with band-gala kurta with overlapping sides in fabrics like velvet, brocade or even in organaza with thick linning, brides can not only flaunt a trendy look but simultaneously keep themselves warm. “Yes, it is difficult for brides to choose the perfect attire which not only makes them look elegant and beautiful but also helps in braving the freezing cold. But nowadays such trendy designs are available in fabrics that can keep brides warm. So, selecting a wedding trousseau should not be termed a problem for brides any more,” designer Naina Jain, who participated in the just-concluded Celebrating Vivaha exhibition, said.


Here are a few Chandigarh-based architects who share notes with Jasmine Singh on what is new in designing
Of spaces, lines and designs 

Imagination—have it in your mind and see how it creates reality! Let it flow on a piece of paper - lines, shapes, spaces - and see how it spins creative stories. Now, imagine yourself living in one of these creative things - subtle interiors, prismatic diffusion from the glass…whiff of fresh air brushing across the sheer curtains! Also spare a thought for people who have given formal shape to your ideas, a concrete design to your thought; people who have made a home out of mortar and the latest elements. Architects’ creativity has given newer and viable forms to the homes. Introducing their signature styles, going by Le Corbusier, a change here, a move there…we share notes with the best of the lot on what is ‘new’ in designing.

Space out Harish Gandhi
He interacts with the space, composes his work, neatly draws the lines, gives shape to the ideas…for this architect who has been designing homes for almost 14 years now, architecture is like frozen music. And he likes to play it along.

Avoid clutter: Very few people would like to stick to the basic requirements, which is why the cluttered element comes in. The utilisation of space, making it gel with all the components of a home; interconnectivity of spaces, privacy of certain areas, using furniture or even flooring that complements a place are the important considerations in designing.

And it flows: As a student of architecture, we were asked to do case studies, library and internet studies, which we still follow. Every building has positives and negatives. I use the positives in a practical manner and always try to do away with the negatives. Thanks to Le Courbusier, the total architecture and planning of Chandigarh has been the point of reference for us. The Secretariat, Sector-17 market, Government Museum and Art Gallery…have the perfect elements of present-day architecture.

Clean cut Rajiv Mahajan
Turning houses into homes, Rajiv Mahajan believes in the evolution of a place, whether it comes through contemporary, classical or a blend of both designs. An architect, who admires green spaces, has changed the face of many homes with his innovative ideas while blending it with the need of the client, owes a lot to his father, leading architects Namita & Satnam and all his college teachers.

Contemporary calling: I have moved to doing a lot of contemporary homes for quite sometime now. These have a very Le Corbusier touch; are more symmetrical.

Relaxed setting: Our work these dayscreates stress, which is why we need homes that are more relaxed - a place where you can unwind. This is why we need to have a place; a home that offers relaxation. I try to bring in a lot of greenery that improves the micro-climate of the home.

A fine blend: I like to blend the contemporary elements with the classical ones. All the same, I believe in clean, straight lines, lesser confusion and clutter; flowing spaces like a link between the indoor and the outdoor.

What’s in: People are moving to greener homes; making use of more PVC, aluminium and less wood. I had an opportunity to work with a client who wanted ‘Zero Openable’ windows, and the concept turned out to be really good. This house has the air-conditioners running 24X7 and still the power consumption is so less. Another thing that I once did was a wind tunnel, which sucks in cold air and throws it to the medium. 

Fresh feel Ashwani Duggal
It is the understanding of the place, along with the requirement of the client that is important for him. Making the best possible use of space and designing places that allow you free movement is something this young architect has been doing. Studying newer designs, bringing in viable elements, Ashwani Duggal has given a fresh and neat look to the standard spaced flats.

Inside outside: I like the concept of creating a courtyard inside the home. This gives a fresh and a healthy feel to the place. Other than this, ventilation is an important element that is always kept in mind. Openness of the house is yet another thing I would bring in to the homes.

Proximity matters: Most people would want to include all the elements in their homes, but one should understand the actual requirement. Sometimes they want bigger bedrooms, ignoring the storage spaces or the lobbies. Proximity of one room to the other and how well they are connected is also important.

Cubicle catch: I do a lot of group housing, as in flats, which have a defined space. Apart from the fact that it looks tasteful, circulation or the flow of the flat is important - this means which room should come first and which follows. You cannot have a bedroom in front of the drawing room because privacy is important.

On a role 
We bring you a list of roles of actors and actresses that we are looking forward to... 

Leading lady: Kareena KapoorOnce in a lifetime

Kareena Kapoor in Heroine: This is her role of a lifetime. Madhur has wanted to work with her for ages and the association has finally come about. She got changes made in the script to suit her demands. It is a very bold role as it marks the rise and downfall of an actress and traces her relationships with various men and drug and alcohol abuse. A National Award might be on the cards for Bebo.


I spy: Saif Ali Khan Dream role

Saif Ali Khan in Agent Vinod: This is his dream role since he has been fascinated with spies since he was a child. Agent Vinod is James Bond meets Jason Bourne meets Ethan Hunt. Saif is a good-looking, stylish and talented actor and we expect Agent Vinod to be a classy and a thrilling film. Kareena also plays a spy.


Training hard

Ranbir Kapoor in Barfee: He has been training very hard to play the role of Murphy, a deaf mute guy. The Anurag Basu film has been in the making for almost a year. Howsoever the film is, we know that Ranbir Kapoor is going to be absolutely flawless in his role.

Second attempt: Hrithik Roshan Back to classics

Hrithik Roshan in Agneepath: Those who have seen glimpses of the film cannot help but gush over it. Hrithik was born to play intense roles and Vijay Dinanath Chauhan is as intense as intense can get! The Amitabh Bachchan starrer is a cult film and we are sure Hrithik is going to live up to the hype around this film. KJo would not have made it if he didn’t believe in this film!

Image makeover

Imran Khan in Matroo Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola: Imran has so far been known as a chocolate boy, with the exception of Delhi Belly, of course. He is gaining weight for this movie. Vishal Bhardwaj is known to pull people out of their comfort zones so we are sure he will do a great job with Imran and give him an image makeover. This film is a rustic Rajasthani dark comedy and Anushka Sharma plays the leading lady.

Search is on

Aamir Khan in Talaash: He plays a cop in this movie and we like his look with moustache. Kareena supposedly plays a hooker and his love interest and Rani plays the mother of his child. The movie has no songs. It is Aamir’s first role since 3 Idiots and it couldn’t be more different. There are rumours that he is actually a ghost in the film. We will know when we see the promos in summer and the movie releases in June.

Salman calls the shots 

Salman Khan rules the Bigg Boss house. He is not present for every episode and Sanjay hosts the show now but Salman clearly calls the shots.

The team of Bigg Boss and Sanjay Dutt thought it would be a good idea to promote Agneepath at the grand finale of the show. Obviously, Hrithik Roshan would be present along with Priyanka Chopra and Karan Johar. That is when Salman put his foot down. He doesn’t like Hrithik Roshan. He has declared that Imran Khan will promote Ek Main Aur Ekk Tuu on the show instead of Agneepath. Both films are produced by Karan Johar.

Salman used to be Hrithik’s mentor when he entered the industry but things have gone wrong between them recently. Initially, Salman approached his now former friend Sanjay Leela Bhansali to remake The Prestige with him. SLB took the idea to Hrithik and made Guzaarish on the same theme with him. So Salman was very miffed with SLB. After that, he remarked that Guzaarish was a very big flop to the media. Hrithik reacted to those comments and that also didn’t go down very well with Salman. As a result, the two maintain a distance from each other now. Moreover, Hrithik is best buddies with Sallu’s nemesis Shah Rukh Khan.

Salman is best buddies with Aamir Khan and has publicly praised Imran Khan and his movies. Imran is a regular guest at Salman’s parties. Thus it has been decided that Ek Main Aur Ekk Tuu will be promoted on the sets of Bigg Boss 5. Karan Johar is looking forward to gracing the sets on the grand finale. EMAET releases on February 10, 2012 and it is a romantic comedy starring Kareena Kapoor and Imran Khan.—HRM

Boyfriend blues

Singer-actress Jennifer Lopez Singer-actress Jennifer Lopez's dancer boyfriend Casper Smart has been sentenced to one year probation for illegal drag racing. Smart, 24, was scheduled to be sentenced for his April 2010 arrest on January 5, his attorney advanced the case by two days, reported a magazine. 

"His attorney came in and advanced the case this morning. He entered a no contest plea and was sentenced to 12 months summary probation and ordered to pay a USD 500 fine. It was a misdemeanor charge. I do not believe we have any further pending cases," said LA City Attorney's Office spokesperson Frank Mateljan. In the meantime, Smart continues to show off his togetherness with Lopez publicly. The back-up dancer was seen holding hands with the 42-year-old pop singer in Miami's upscale shopping area Lincoln Road. — PTI

Ready to mingle

Socialite Paris Hilton says British guys are "really hot" because they are "such gentlemen". Hilton, 30, who is currently single, said she loves spending time in London and is particularly a fan of UK males, a website reported.

"I love the vibe, the people, the accents... British guys are really different to the guys in America - they're all such gentlemen and they're far more mature. It's just a different mindset. I've met a lot of nice British guys, I think the way that your parents raise you is a lot different, because you're so polite and sweet. British guys are really hot," she said.

Among the British guys she admires most are Princes William and Harry. "They're both very nice boys. When I was in London shooting a show for a few months, we went out a couple of times and I found them to be just such nice gentlemen," she added. — PTI

British connection: Paris Hilton

Plain Jane

Actress Raveena Tandon will be seen in a de-glamourised role in her upcoming bilingual film Gin Liya Aasman. "Now headed for the shoot, last four day schedule of Ginn Liya Aasman, turning out to be a sweet film, am in my non glamorous avataar, the Day begins," Raveena wrote on twitter. 

Earlier, Raveena had turned de-glam for Raja Sen's The Laboratory, a bilingual movie (Bengali and Hindi) based on a story written by Rabindranath Tagore. The movie, produced by Mudassar Aziz, Vishwajit Gaikwad and Anil Bohra, is a story of a boy, whose father-- a naval officer, goes missing after a plane crash. In this bilingual film, Raveena essays the role of a mother to a six-year-old boy and wife of the naval officer. —PTI 

It’s all in the mind
Simmi Waraich

I am planning to finish my MBA and though I am doing well, I feel unsure. I am conscious of my looks and body (I am average looking) and at times feel scared about how I will be able to lead people. Do I need psychotherapy?  

Seerat Kaur, Chandigarh.

You have not written about your background or childhood experiences. While growing up we often get influenced by people around us. For example, in our society it is common for people to comment on the colour of skin or looks specially for girls and this may affect their self image. So, it is important to question the beliefs we have formed and ask whether they are correct or faulty and consider alternative ways of thinking. For example, we usually do not like other people for their looks though we may admire their beauty. Usually we form friendships based on a number of factors. Also, being confident, dressing neatly and reasonably well and caring for oneself can make a lot of difference. As one journalist wrote of Mother Teresa: “When I met Mother Teresa, I discovered she was very tiny, less than five feet tall, and kept her head cocked to one side. She had gnarled hands and thick peasant feet. Although there was no mistaking the aura of warmth and kindness that surrounded her, I felt I was in the presence of the most powerful, focused and determined person I had ever met.” I am not saying be Mother Teresa but if only good looking people were confident then there would be a lot of depressed people! Also, we often undervalue ourselves. Remind yourself of your strengths and be aware of your negative points so that you can change them. Psychotherapy can definitely help.

My daughter is an intelligent girl. However, she was unable to clear her pre-medical entrance when most of us expected her to. She has been quiet since then though she is planning to appear for the exam again. Once I saw her searching for sleeping pills overdose on the internet. Is there reason to worry?

M Kumar, Kharar

We have a lot of misconceptions regarding depression and suicidal thoughts in India. If you feel she has been quiet, not meeting friends and this has been persistent, do consider depression and get it treated. Also, many people hesitate to ask if a person is having suicidal thoughts. It has been seen that it is not necessarily harmful to ask if someone has suicidal thoughts. In fact, it may be a relief and the person may talk about it. Do interact with her, talk about different things and do things together. If you find that she is consistently negative about things, do see a doctor. Tell her that you are worried about her searching for such things on Internet and are there for her to talk it out. Whatever you do, do not ignore it and hope it will go away. It’s better to face it.  Suicide rates are rising rapidly among youngsters due to rising competitiveness, high expectations, nuclear families where the buffer of joint families is missing.

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

Silk saga

Smitten by silk but hardly get to wear those intricately crafted, rich saris that mother packed in your trousseau? Well, if your wardrobe lacks in this classical fibre (except, say, some silken scarves) make some space for silk denims and knits!

Silk Mark Expo is soon coming to Chandigarh again. Some 55 stalls with wares from 17 states will have not only all four varieties of silk — Mulberry, Tassar, Muga and Eri — but also a range of raw silk, yarns, fabrics, sarees, made-ups, garments and also carpets.

Surety of purity is what this expo offers, “In the whole exhibition, we promise that there wouldn’t be a single gram of non-silk,” says Devender Singh, assistant director, Silk Mark Organisation of India.

The expo not only brings silk fare, but a lot of know-how from how silk is made to cleaning and storage of this precious fabric as well as testing for the purity of silk.

“The expo is a platform for the artists from all across the country. It’s also called the ‘social’ fabric for this very reason because it entails the flow of money from the rich to poor weavers,” adds Devender.

Central Silk Board’s research and development wing has come up with many innovations, including the silk ‘denim’ (trousers in spun silk) and knitted wear in spun silk, which will also be available for sale.The Expo will be on from January 10-15 at the Kisan Bhawan, Sector-35, Chandigarh.

Crash landing

Loads of women, who turn to intensive crash diets in order to shed weight gained over the festive break, could eventually end up gaining more weight, according to a study. Findings have revealed that average ‘crash’ diet lasts just 15 days and 35 per cent say they end up putting on more weight than they lost, with an average 4.7 pounds creeping back on post-diet.

A poll of 2,000 women conducted by Hovis Wholemeal bread suggested that a balanced diet is a more effective way of losing weight in the long-term. Almost half of the women questioned said that their failed dieting attempts came from trying to cut out all savoury snacks and one in three women tried to remove all bread from their diet. —ANI

Winners take it all

Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi has announced the names of the award winners for the Annual Art Exhibition 2011. Hirdey Prakash Kaushal, Lakhwinder Singh and Randeep Singh have been selected in the professional category while in the student category five artists—Arnav Anand, Ruchi Sharma, Sanjay Kumar, Sonal Garg and Shilpy made it to the winner’s list.

The two person jury consisting of well known artists Nagji Patel from Vadodra and Amitava Das from Delhi recommended the names.

A total of 164 entries were received for the professional category out of which 45 works are selected for exhibition, including three awards of Rs 30,000 each. A total of 192 entries were received for the student category out of which 45 works are selected for exhibition including five awards of Rs 10,000 each. The exhibition is going to be organised in February. —TNS

Eggs for fitness
Roopa Pahwa

Eggs are a powerhouse food - packed full of natural proteins, vitamins, minerals and other essential elements required for a complete and balanced diet. Eggs are an ideal food for sportspeople, vegetarians (eggetarians), and people who care about their health. However, over the time eggs have got a really bad publicity. And as far as some nutritionists are concerned, eggs are devils in shells. Deemed bad for the heart by health experts, eggs have been the subject of criticism and scrutiny.

The major reason cited was that eggs are high in cholesterol so therefore bad for the heart.  It was previously thought that eggs raised blood cholesterol levels and one of the main causes of heart disease. Eggs are high in cholesterol, so it was only natural for nutritionists to assume that eggs clogged up people’s arteries. Today, scientists know that cholesterol content in food and the cholesterol in our blood are not as directly related as once thought. Actually, in healthy people only a small amount of the cholesterol in food passes directly into the blood. In fact, most of the cholesterol that circulates in the blood is created by the liver in response to saturated and trans fats in the diet. One egg contains around 5 gm of fat but only 1.5 gm of saturated fat so you are more likely to consume the better fat. Research has confirmed that it is saturated fat that raises cholesterol and not the dietary cholesterol that eggs have.

Having eggs in moderation might be good for your health. They are packed with proteins, iron, calcium, riboflavin, vitamin B12, vitamin B6, folate, zinc, potassium, magnesium and other essential minerals. The various health benefits of eggs are:

Good source of protein

An egg contains the highest quality food protein available. Because it is so near to perfect, egg protein is often the standard by which all other proteins are judged.

Eggs promote weight loss

Eggs play a useful role in weight management and dieting. They have only 80 Kcal and are very filling and provide greater satiety compared to other foods, due to the high protein content in them.

Good for your eyes

Eggs, particularly the yolks, provide several much needed nutrients for healthy vision. These healthy nutrients found in eggs are more easily assimilated into the body from eggs than from other foods. Eating one egg a day could help to prevent macular degeneration, which is the biggest cause of blindness in adults, and also help against cataracts.

Good for hair and nails

Eggs promote healthy hair and nails because of their high sulphur content and wide array of vitamins and minerals. If you suffer from hair loss, eat an egg every day to boost natural growth.

Good for teeth and bones

Their high vitamin D content means eggs are good for building strong teeth and bones. Eggs also contain phosphorus, which is also important to bones and teeth.

Protects against cancer and disease

Eating eggs may protect against some forms of cancer, as eggs are rich in antioxidants. In addition, eggs are a good source of zinc, which is essential for the immune system.

Pahwa is a Ludhiana-based fit ness expert

(As told to Poonam Bindra)

Whiff of confidence

Isha Mittal Style is about looking good even on a bad hair day. However, looking good is not everyone’s cup of tea. For Isha Mittal, a young MBA graduate, it is about looking stylish always. Here is her take on fashion, style and everything else.

Your sense of style is…

In coordination with whether conditions and according to the personality of an individual. Even in this cold weather women are wearing sleeveless dresses to parties. Personally, it should look right. I have an inclination towards punk style of dressing.

Latest addition in your wardrobe...

A Levis jacket and the hottest thing on the runway—knee-high boots

Brand freak or street junkie?

Mostly branded clothing but sometimes the street fashion is just too attractive. So, a blend of both.

Choose a look— sporty, glamorous or chic

Glamorous. I am not too tall, so its suits my body type.

Your style icon would be…

Priyanka Chopra. She is the IT girl of Bollywood and can carry anything off with ease.

So who’s the worst dressed celebrity around?

Vidya Balan. She really needs to learn how to camouflage her fat deposits.

One fashion trend you just don’t understand…

Wearing woollen kurtis with leggings. It’s so strange.

Your take on accessories

Watches, rings and anything in silver can totally dress up your outfit.

One thing that boosts your confidence

A nice fragrance. It helps do up the look.

(As told to Vasudha Gupta)

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Chatter Box
From crorepati to film industry

Sushil Kumar with Amitabh Bachchan on the sets of Kaun Banega Crorepati
SHOW time: Sushil Kumar with Amitabh Bachchan on the sets of Kaun Banega Crorepati

Winner of Rs 5 crore in Kaun Banega Crorepati, Sushil Kumar, will be part of a documentary film which will be shot in the UK. A British filmmaker has shown interest and he too is considering the same. Meanwhile, this new celebrity got offers to be part of New Year’s parties which he refused while he accepted to do a film for Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act in Motihari which will showcase his transition from a small-town boy to a Crorepati directed by Chris Tarrant and Keith Strachan.

Love triangle
In Zee TV’s Hitler Didi, business tycoon Sameer Diwan’s (Mrunal Jain) entry will soon gain importance as he clashes with Indira (Rati Pandey) and Rishi (Sumit Vats). There will be high drama when it will be revealed that Rishi and Samir are brothers and later their association leads to a love triangle involving Sameer, Indira and Rishi. Meanwhile, to add more spice to this tale, watch out for Rishi’s ex-girlfriend (Navina Bole).

Heading for splitsville 
When Dipika Samson’s serial Colors’ Sasural Simar Ka was launched, she was refrained from revealing that she was married till her character didn’t get married on screen. But now rumours are that her three-year-old marriage with Raunak Mehta is on the verge of a breakup. Dipika shares a fabulous chemistry with co-actor Shoaib Ibrahim and off screen the two are great friends. That seems to be probably the main cause of the same.

Testing new waters
Delnaaz Paul now Delnaaz Irani, post her separation from her husband Rajiv Paul, is trying to land some good work in the telly industry. Known for her comedy timing, she recently was seen in Sab TVs short films Sab Ka Evening Show. Now she has signed a new show with Balaji Telefilms called Kya Hua Tera Vaada starring Mona Singh and Pawan Shankar. She will be seen as Mona Singh’s best friend Pummy. As she is good friends with Mona off screen too, this should be easy and fun for them both.

Love to hate you
Star Plus’s Sasural Genda Phool leads Ragini Khanna and Jay Soni are a lovey-dovey couple on screen but off screen they share a love-hate relationship. They fight over food, and many more things. But they also make up easily. Apparently, the whole cast and crew do not take their fights seriously as they know soon the two friends will be back to chatting non stop.

Balancing ACT: Jai Soni and Ragini Khanna

Virtually alive
Aman Verma, currently seen in Zee's Choti Bahu, has made his presence felt on the net especially the social networking sites of late. He discovered that the internet was a great way to interact with his fans. He regularly updates his Facebook fanpage and Twitter account and replies to his fan requests and queries.

The year ahead
Madan Gupta Spatu

If your birthday is January 5...

You’ll have to deal with a talkative colleague who’ll try to impose his or her will on you. You’ll have a tendency for perfection and will irritate your loved one. If you wish to undertake something new, you must consider difficulties which will arise especially in the beginning. Patience and faith in your goals will help you but will not be enough, you must choose someone who can help you and accept the advice of others with benevolence. The year will see you acting more critically, but it’s still a good idea to keep your ideas to yourself. Take careful notes and then spend the weekend working on improving your fundamentals. You feel particularly dynamic and strong when facing new opportunities but be careful and don’t damage your image. As an employee, you’ll experience lack of collaboration around you and this will make dealings with your boss difficult. Once you are ready to begin a new chapter, you must choose your opening words carefully. It is important to begin properly if you want things to end well. The foundation that you are currently laying down will last for a long time. Much of the energy of the early part of year may distill down to ‘doing just what you can handle’ and no more. Keeping things ‘reasonable and balanced’ may be what the universe is trying to ‘get you to see’ this time. Personal fatigue and illness are possible and you will have to delegate duty to other members. You will have good chance of making extra money and will have several reasons to celebrate. Your dream job is within your reach now and you will receive verbal assurance. You will be more sensitive psychically, more intuitive and open to complementary therapies. Your health might be poorer than usual. You’ll tend to ignore health problems, risking delaying the healing. You may have to explain yourself to make a partner feel comfortable. Do your best to describe your feelings, even if some of them are beyond words.

Mood: Eager. Compatible signs: Taurus, Scorpio. Lucky colours: Spring green, white. Lucky days: Tuesday and Thursday. Lucky Numbers: 1, 18, 22, 34, 50. Lucky gem: Star Ruby. Lucky flower: Orange rose.

Deepika Padukone

You share the birthday with Deepika Padukone (January 5, 1986, Copenhagen, Denmark) who made her Hindi film debut with Om Shanti Om, which earned her the Filmfare Best Female Debut Award. Padukone’s Love Aaj Kal, proved to be one of the biggest hits of 2009. Karthik Calling Karthik Housefull, Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey, Break Ke Baad are some of her notable films. The sum of 2012 comes to be 5 and Deepika’s basic number five has perfect vibrations showing that 2012 belongs to her.

Astro Turf
P Khurrana

ARIES: Put knowledge into practice or learn how to do something better. Children may enjoy the company of their parents. Be wary of totally blowing a diet or becoming overtly indulgent. Tarot message: Plan your life to avoid the in built delays that come your way. Lucky colour: Peacock green. Magic number: 29

TAURUS: Your card is Fortune so this can be a good day on the financial front. Try your luck at a range of speculative possibilities. Hostellers may enjoy in the campus. Sportsmen may win the game. Tarot message: Use careful judgment in handling issues involving property. Lucky colour: White. Magic number: 61

GEMINI: Relations with fellow workers are on a high. They can be productive. If you shoot for what you really want, it will happen. Shareholders may find the day beneficial. Tarot message: Yet work could pose certain minor difficulties but don’t worry. Lucky colour: Rainbow pastels. Magic number: 55

CANCER: It will be the minor pinpricks that provoke you. Workers in the factories will cause a number of delays. Home life will cause some interference. Tarot message: Empty promises are certain, therefore try to put your terms and conditions in writing. Lucky colour: Pomegranate red. Magic number: 32

LEO: Your card Four of Wands promises an excellent day. Do not feel guilty about taking time out to look after your well-being. Preventing health problem is better. Focus on meditation, yoga and exercise. Tarot message: Delays are the only obstacle in your way to success. Lucky colour: Ebony. Magic number: 42

VIRGO: Charm, diplomacy, respect and cooperation are far better attributes to employ in dealing with people. Tendencies for revenge should be controlled. Job applications yield good results. You might lose your confidence. Tarot message: Do what is right and watch your best interests. Lucky colour: Pink. Magic number: 65

LIBRA: Your family may be having a big get-together and renew the feeling of a clan. Your magnanimity can get the better of you when you offer to host it at your place. You can look forward to hearing from a friend. Tarot message: Don’t be dismissive of advice from youth. Lucky colour: Royal blue. Magic number: 36

SCORPIO: Doing overtime would help pay the bills. Now is the time to distinguish clearly between wants and needs. Your desires seem to have no end but your bank account will dry up before your wants. Tarot message: Beware of depleting your energy or resources on others. Lucky colour: Cream. Magic number: 33

SAGITTARIUS: A healthy competitive instinct can be harnessed. There may be trouble in the family that would benefit from a sensible voice of reason. Do not let people know your plans. Tarot message: Versatility and a quicksilver mind will bail you out of a situation. Lucky colour: Turquoise. Magic number: 64

CAPRICORN: Doing overtime or dealing with a crisis are all possible reasons for being dragged back to the workplace. Make the best of it by doing what must be done quickly and effectively. Plan the evening with your partner. Tarot message: You find within yourself a fountainhead of a will power. Lucky colour: Saffron. Magic number: 24

AQUARIUS: You should give a serious thought to your business. Decisions that need to be made especially involving career should not be put off. You have the clear headedness and courage to bite the bullet. Tarot message: Focus on the better to mitigate the bitter. Lucky colour: Silver grey. Magic number: 54

PISCES: A major domestic purchase can be made with confidence but may not be available until next week. Be patient, even though you want it immediately. Love life suffers due to family problems. Tarot message: Take limited risks with your capital. Lucky colour: Sea green. Magic number: 60

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