Friends no more
Who all make it to the ever expanding Facebook friends’ list, we check out…
Manpriya Khurana

They are certainly not the close friends you confide in. Ever increasing facebook friends list, being a case in point. If a recent study is to be believed, one in four people don’t know all their facebook friends.

So, who males it to the list? Friends, friends’ friends, acquaintance from way back in school, batch mates, seniors, siblings … the list is endless. Which is the most far flung relation they added to the ever growing directory? Shares Parth Gargish, assistant project manager, of his 520 friends in the facebook list. “I do know all of them but I’d say only 110 are my friends in the real sense of the term. 320 to 330 of them are the people I know and am in touch with, the rest to be honest, are just there.” He adds, “One of my friends in US, I’ve spoken to he only once over the phone and she gave me this modeling assignment, after that we haven’t crossed each other at all, in any way. She too is in my friends list.”

If not just the study but even the youngsters from city are to be believed, more than half the number comprises people nobody’s been in touch with in the past six months. “The further most person I’ve added is probably friend of a friend. Beyond that, I wouldn’t add random people,” opines Glory Khanna, psychology student, DAV College of her 268 odd friends list. She adds, “That’s the count after I deleted a lot of people I wasn’t in touch with.”

Savneet Bajaj, functional English student, doesn’t take long to mentally browse through her list. “The most distant person I’ve picked up and added in my friends list has been this guy, almost three years younger to me, who used to go in my school van.” She laughs, “We never really interacted with each other back then, nor do we are active in each other’s accounts now. But still he sent me a request and I thought it would be too rude to reject.” That perhaps, rings a bell with many. Nishtha Chopra, B Sc student, Panjab University, shrugs, “Study or no study, we have known this for quite some time now. It’s not for nothing that we now have further categorization of people into family, subscriptions etc.” She doesn’t regret her close to 700 odd so called “Friends” she acquired ever since five years of being on facebook. She adds, “It’s alright the idea is to be in touch with as many people as you can. For near and dear ones, the other means and mediums of keeping in touch are always there.” Adds Glory, “More than half the times we end up adding people we receive a request from because it’s rude to reject them. That shouldn’t be the case. We should only add the people we mean to stay connected to, and I think once added people should really stay connected to each other.” Any arguments are always welcome.

Common man’s story….
Director Rumi Jaffery’s Gali Gali Chor Hai deals with the issue close to public’s heart but is a commercial entertainer at the same time

A movie on corruption in the country, a sizzling number by sensational Veena Malik…well, one couldn’t but admire director Rumi Jaffrey for his timing.

However, a quick conversation with him and one realises that he has a little role to play in it. “I am not one of the lot who would jump on to encash any issue that makes headlines. It takes minimum a year and a half for a film to be finalised. The truth is that this is a subject that I wanted to work on for a long time but wanted to turn it into a commercial entertainer. Our flick and Anna movement started almost side by side. I see it as God being kind in giving us promotional mileage by synchronising the timings,” he says.

An item number that too by Veena Malik? He laughs before he answers, “Well, she recorded our song before she went missing. So, another publicity you can’t place me responsible for.”

Rumy’s innings in Mumbai were not intentional. His sister who got married in Mumbai became his ticket to the tinsel town and he stayed on. With not much but some experience in theatre in Bhopal (his hometown), young Rumy tried his hands in writing for films but was not taken seriously. “I was told to get life’s experience before writing. But Rang and Waqt Hamara Hai changed things forever,” he says.

Rest as they says is history. For the last twenty years, from Rumy’s pens have come one or two hits a year consistently. From Om Jai Jagdish, Chalte Chalte, Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya to Golmaal Returns, Rumy’s stories and dialogues have entertained the audience.

He turned director with Life Partner and God Tussi Great Ho followed by Gali Gali… that releases on February 3.

“This is the movie that I turned director for. It is very close to my heart and something that I really wanted to make,” says Rumy.

Akshaye Khanna plays the common man in this flick who bears the brunt of our so called ‘system’. “Akshaye is such a fine actor. I did Aa Ab Laut Chalen with him more than a decade back. I didn’t find a suitable role for him till Gali Gali… happened. Whenever I thought of the character, Akshaye’s face only came to my mind,” says Rumi.

The ‘God given’ publicity would certainly send people to theatre for the flick, but it the audience’s feedback that Rumy is waiting for. “Sometimes I wonder on how God has scripted my life,” says the man but is all grateful for all that has fallen in his lot!

Rocking on desi beats
Alamgir Khan, the new singing sensation of Bollywood shares the story of his journey from a village in Punjab to tinsel town
SD Sharma
Alamgir Khan
Alamgir Khan

What a coincidence it is! Three Bollywood singers hailing from three sleepy villages, falling within a radius of fifteen kilometers between Patiala and Gobindgarh have emerged as gems of the music world, who have made it to the Bollywood with élan. After Labh Janjua (who hails from village Majra Maana Singh) of Ji karda fame, Kamal Khan, Sa Re Ga Ma winner (from village Reethkheri) and now Alamgir Khan from Lalauda village near Patiala has emerged as a new playback singer in Bollywood. In city, for a musical show Alamgir Khan shared his modest beginning in Bollywood, a dream of every singer.

Alamgir comes from a family of well known traditional folk and classical singers holding allegiance to Patiala gharana settled at village Lalauda. “Thinking of music as a profession was a far cry but with the change in the taste of people, we opted for lighter forms. However, learning classical music is still mandatory,” shares Alamgir. He next says, “From my great grandfather to my cousin Prince Khan (12) all are the ustads of astounding merit. But I am proud to be trained by Karamdin Khanji (grandfather), Ustad Bakar Hussain Khan and chhote dada Ustad Iddu   Sharif, Sangeet Natak akademi awardee in folk music.” He also mentions the contribution of Sukhwinder Singh, the versatile classical, folk, filmy maestro. He expresses his gratitude towards Yashwinder Sharma of NZCC, Khayali Saharan comedian and saluting the stage of Kalagram, where he spent his formative years as an Artist in Residency. “It was Khyali who introduced me to the great Bollywood singer Sukhwinder Singh.  He   recommended me to Himesh Reshamia. Himesh ji promised me least twenty songs and a few had been already recorded. I have now sung the Desi Beat Punjabi Hip Hop mix for Salman Khan’s new release Bodyguard, Title Song for Himesh Reshammiyaji’s movie Damadam besides title song of Shakal Pe Mat Ja, a solo from Hindi film Tuteya dil while two songs had been recorded by AR Rehman for new films, says Alamgir Khan.

Warm and friendly
Dannii Minogue
Wardrobe wise: Dannii Minogue

Singer Dannii Minogue has urged fans to layer their clothes this winter in order to keep themselves warm and add a touch of versatility to their wardrobes.

The 40-year-old Australian beauty believes the technique is an ideal way to make a graceful transition from the cold winter air to a heated room inside and it can allow people to highlight your individuality by teeming a number of garments together to create various looks, reported a magazine. "The focus is definitely on keeping warm, snuggling up and doing whatever it takes to survive the last stretch before spring arrives. The good news is that layering with different textures, fabrics and patterns was one of this season's hottest trends on fashion week runways," Minogue said. "Layering boosts the versatility of your wardrobe because you can mix and match pieces to achieve all sorts of unique looks that highlight your individuality. And layering is the best way to make a graceful transition from the chilly outdoors to central heating inside," she added. —PTI

Over and done with

Socialite Kim Kardashian, who split from husband Kris Humphries after just 72 days of marriage, has said she is relieved to get away from him. The 31-year-old reality star said in an upcoming episode of Kourtney & Kim Take New York that she knew her marriage to Humphries was over when she was relieved to get away from him. Kardashian also said before the split their married life wasn't how she expected it to be, reported a publication. "I can't really explain it. I feel a sense of relief that I'm here. There's something in my relationship that I just feel like isn't right. I'm just learning a lot of things about him that I never knew before. Married life just isn't what I thought it would be like with him," Kardashian said.

Following her marriage split, the socialite also said she needs to be a little more realistic about her expectations from life and men. "I'll always be a hopeless romantic. I think I maybe need to just snap out of it and be a little more realistic. What I want isn't possible."— PTI

Trouble in paradise
Split second: Johnny Depp with Vanessa Paradis
Split second: Johnny Depp with Vanessa Paradis

Hollywood heartthrob Johnny Depp's long term relationship with French singer-actress Vanessa Paradis is reportedly in trouble.

The actor and Paradis are said to be headed for a split because of their constant bickering, according to a publication online. "People around him are worried about how Johnny is doing because he and Vanessa seem so fractured right now," a source told the website.

Depp, 48 and Paradis, 39, have been together for 14-years and are the parents of Lily-Rose, 12, and nine-year-old Jack. "Johnny isn't handling anything well right now," a source told the website said, adding Depp is seeking legal advice.

"Johnny has started reaching out to lawyers, probably to quietly discuss how to get out of the relationship. They're not married but they've been together for years and have kids together so it isn't as easy as just breaking up," the unnamed source said. Depp was spotted on New Year's Eve in Los Angeles with Paradis, their two children and a woman believed to be his mother, Betty Sue. He started dating Paradis in 1998, when they met on the sets of the Roman Polanski thriller The Ninth Gate. Depp had earlier denied the need for marriage.

"I never found myself needing that piece of paper. Marriage is really from soul to soul, heart to heart. You don't need somebody to say: 'OK, you're married'. She and I have been together for nearly 14 years, and, well, I can hardly believe it. It only seems like yesterday that we met," the actor had said. The family divides its time between France, Los Angeles and Bahamas. —PTI

It's a girl!

Singer Beyonce Knowles has given birth to a baby daughter. According to a website, the 30-year-old delivered the girl, named Ivy Blue Carter, in Lenox Hill hospital on Saturday night via a scheduled Caesarean section.

She's the first child of Beyonce and rapper husband Jay Z, who got married in April 2008. Rihanna was among the first to congratulate through micro-blogging site Twitter: "Welcome to the world princess Carter! Love Aunty Rih." Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons also tweeted, "Congrats to my good friends Beyonce and Jay Z." — IANS

No more single

Hollywood actor Josh Lucas has said he proposed to his girlfriend after a terrifying encounter with a mountain lion. The J Edgar star - who has previously dated Rachel McAdams, Salma Hayek, and Anne Hathaway - admitted it was a life threatening confrontation with a mountain lion in Big Sur, California, that convinced him that his girlfriend, who he refused to name, is the woman for him.

Speaking on the Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Lucas said, "I knew (she was the one) on a kind of interesting trip that we took.” —PTI

Calling it a day

Mamma Mia star Amanda Seyfried has called time on her relationship with real estate executive Andrew Joblon. The 26-year-old actress, who has previously dated Ryan Phillippe and Dominic Cooper, has split from the New York based executive after four months of dating, reported a magazine. "They're definitely over. He celebrated New Year's Eve in Aspen and she wasn't there. The split happened gradually over time. They still talk. They aren't what they were, but they still hang out and are on great terms," a source said. Seyfried began dating Joblon, 28, a few months after she split from Phillippe.


Stress Buster
Watch out
Renee Singh

“Hey how about a movie tomorrow?” I called up a friend but pat came the reply! ‘’How can you be so frivolously foolish, here I am in the middle of a million things that are vital stressing like crazy over them and you’re suggesting movies.’’ Well that’s the whole idea! I love going for a movie to forget what’s stressing me. Watching a lighthearted film doesn’t really solve your problems but it sometimes takes you into this wonderful make believe world, enough to make you gain perspective and you come back feeling fresh. 

Remember the saying ‘’Laughter is the best medicine’’ so in case you’re stressing watch a good comedy and just laugh the stress away! I’m big on comedies for stress relief .Learning to be a kid once again is still big on my wish list and I recommend this childlike perception of life to everyone to battle stress once in a while! Go watch a cartoon film, the cute pranks of Tom and Jerry never fail to amuse and somehow get relaxation mode on even without any effort at all. Romance is fun and relaxing too. 

 I remember growing up in the era of the tear jerker movies, one cried one’s guts out and came through with red swollen eyes and wet hankerchiefs . But now with changing times and society evolving to a new era of thought movies too have come to a new way of projecting life which is far more enjoyable as most of the romances have a happy outcome and life in general is good fun! 

A few tips for movie watchers

Treat watching a movie as an experience and allow yourself to be in the flow, trust me you will be enjoying yourself thoroughly if you leave your world outside the movie hall and enter the world of fantasy for the fun of it! 

You could create your own unique experience by following a few tips 

  • Make plans with a few likeminded friends
  • Choose a lighthearted film
  • Pick up on the theme of the movie and dress in accordance with the theme.
  • If the theme is a wedding scenario just make it fun by all of you dressing as if you are going to a wedding.
  • If  you are going for a cartoon film with the kids,jeans and T shirts with cartoon characters on them would be idyllic.
  • Go to an eating joint after the movie where even the food matches the mood.
  • An action movie with some sharp dressing could set the mood for fun too. 

Kids enjoy movies too and with today’s school curriculum’s life has become very stressful for them too. Taking them for a film over the weekend would be a great stress busting activity for the tired child’s mind. 

Of course the type of movies kids are watching needs to be monitored. Horror films or movies with a lot of violence should be a definite ‘’No No’’as they create more stress than relieve it. But movies like Aladdin, Finding Nemo or The Little Mermaid appeal to all age groups and are fun to watch. 

Going to a movie is about the whole experience for children, the large coke and popcorn is a must I feel, even the grown ups can enjoy the occasional coffee. These are small ordinary things that can actually generate a level of happiness that acts as a stress buster. 

On your turn on babysitting nieces and nephews who are boisterous or grandkids who are there on vacation, turn it into a stress busting experience by making it a movie watching evening.

  • Call for a good humorous film
  • Set up a nice cozy couch with a blanket
  • Some good munchies
  • Enjoy yourself 

Whatever you watch see to it that it is not violent. Calm, peaceful, funny, educational, hilarious and enchanting these are the stress busting experiences .Just watch and allow these movies to melt away your stress.

Singh is a Chandigarh-based psychotherapist

The foodies
Rustic allure
Jigyasa Kapoor Chimra

Dhaba—it usually comes with the rustic look; complete with truck murals, earthy interiors, manjis, thatched ceilings, traditional lanterns, mud painted walls and food served in thalis. Though the traditional dhabas have morphed into modern dhabas over the years and now graduated to a mini-restaurant, they, however, still like to call themselves a dhaba!

A relatively new entry on the food map of Chandigarh is Deluxe Dhaba in Sector 28. Situated next to the motor market, this dhaba is also more of a ‘mini restaurant’ that serves North Indian fare.

Open from 11am to 11pm, this is a typical Punjabi dhaba that serves Punjabi delicacies right from baigan bhartha to butter chicken and dal makhni to rajmah.

Talking about the ambience, the restaurant is cluttered with chairs and tables, but then we are not being judgmental here. For, the food, with plenty of mirch and masala, makes it up for the clutter.

Talking about the menu it has starters, desserts and main course. While the vegetarian variety is average to taste, it’s their non-vegetarian delicacies which are a must-try. For starters, you can try malai paneer tikka or veg seekh kebab for the vegetarian but for the meat eaters there are chicken tikkas, murg malai tikka, chicken and mutton seekh kebab, tandoori kebabs, tandoori chicken and fish tikka. For the main course though the menu offers choices, we suggest their dal fry, malai kofta or bhaigan bhartha for the vegetarians. The non-vegetarians can dig into keema kalegi, chicken or mutton curry. For bread, you have a wide choice—naan, lacha parantha, missi roti and the ever-liked tandoori roti.

For your sweet tooth indulgence you can try the Ishar special kulfi (this one comes from the well-known Ishar Sweets in Kalka). An air-conditioned dhaba a meal for two would approximately cost Rs 400 to 500 plus taxes and credit cards are accepted here. Yes, e-revolution has entered our humble dhabas too!

Text, translation and transformation

The Department of English and Cultural Studies is holding a seminar and screening on January 10 wherein Gurdial Singh (the renowned Punjabi writer) and Gurvinder Singh (filmmaker - whose recent film Annhe Ghode Da Daan has received international recognition and awards) will be present for a discussion on the aforementioned novel and the film. Professors Rana Nayar and Pushpinder Syal will lead the academic discussions. Surbhi Goel will speak on the film/adaptation.

On January 10 (Tuesday), Film screening at 2 pm.

Venue: English Auditorium, Arts Block – I, Panjab University

Man’s best friends…
Dogs know when they are being spoken to, even watch out how we make eye contact — and can make a guess at what you are thinking.

Dogs are often more than dedicated detectives. They get to know what their master is thinking — and they can understand as much as a toddler, says a study.

Scientists have found dogs pick up not only the words their masters say, but also their “intent to communicate” with them. In fact, dogs are as advanced as a two-year-old child in following eye contact.

Jszsef Topal of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences said: “Increasing evidence supports the notion that humans and dogs share some social skills. The way dogs work resembles that of a six-month to two-year-old child in a lot of respects.” Dogs even watch how we make eye contact, to work out what we mean and why we are talking to them.

“Dogs, as well as human infants, are sensitive to cues that signal our intent,” said Topal, who led the study.

Topal’s team tested dogs with videos of a person saying, “Hi, dog!” in different tones of voice and using different levels of eye contact. The dogs can “read” the eye contact and enthusiasm as well as youngsters, the team found.

Dogs know when they are being spoken to — and can even make a guess at what you are thinking.

Topal said that the results will undoubtedly confirm what many dog owners and trainers already know. However, whether or not dogs rely on similar pathways in the brain for processing those cues isn’t yet clear. — PTI

Doc Talk
Fillers for fuller lips
Dr KM Kapoor

Many people have thin lips since young age while some develop them with age. Several changes occur to the lips as a result of aging. The most obvious change with aging is a loss of fullness and projection of the lips. The coloured portion of the lips thins out and the arch of the upper lip (cupid’s bow) flattens. This problem is especially noticeable in women with naturally thin lips. Skin laxity increases the drooping of the mouth angles together with development of marionette lines. This causes you to look unhappy (sad smile) and is one of the biggest contributors to an aged appearance.

Lip augmentation with filler injections is appropriate for patients who wish to enhance the lips they are born with and for patients who wish to restore the age related changes. Fillers can non surgically help reverse a downward smile, add volume to thinning lips, slightly lengthen the mouth, and smooth out vertical lines from the lip border (smoker’s lines) or that extend downward from the corners of the mouth (marionette lines).

Biodegradable fillers like hyaluronic acid fillers produce the most natural results. HA filler injections like juvederm, restylane etc are the best and most popular method for lip augmentation. This procedure takes about 30 minutes and gives instant fullness to the lips lasting up to 12 months. This procedure can be done by giving nerve block in order to anaesthetize the lips. Newer generation fillers like juvederm XC can be injected directly without nerve block as it has local anesthesia mixed in it.

For lip enhancement of young patient’s lips, the major target will usually be subtle refinement of lip fullness, eversion, and projection of the upper lip and accentuation of the rolling out of the lower lip. The fold that extends up towards the nose (philtrum ridges) can also be defined by injecting the gel into them (cupid’s bow definition). If a thin upper lip is a contributing factor to ‘gummy smile’, botox injections along with an upper lip augmentation with HA filler can be done in the same sitting.

For enhancement of the older lips with upper lip wrinkles, injection along the lip border (vermillion) will restore the natural lip contour and fill the small vertical lines (smoker’s lines) touching it, preventing lipstick “bleeding” into these small lines around the lips.

Redefining this edge with natural fillers leads to a more youthful and appealing look. Lift of the drooping lip angles is achieved by placing filler to the corner in the lower lip near the angle of mouth. Marionette lines are treated much the same way. Botox can be combined with a filler to enhance the results in lips in two ways: injection to the skin of the upper lip to soften the vertical lines and injection to the DAO muscle at jaw level to decrease downward pull to lip corners. The result is a happier, less tired, more natural looking appearance.

(Dr Kapoor is a Chandigarh-based cosmetic surgeon)

Star track

Reward time: Mujhse Fraandship Karoge Happy moments

Y-Films, the makers of Mujhse Fraandship Karoge, are very happy that their small film, with all newcomers has lapped up four nominations at the Star Screen Awards. Way to go!

Reward time: Mujhse Fraandship Karoge

Hit or miss?

The cinemas are empty and the shows are reducing. Yet, trade analysts and the makers are insisting that Don 2 is a hit! If you have liked it, raise your hands!

Lovable story

Bipasha Basu loves the story and loved the promo of friend Sujoy Ghosh’s Kahaani. She likes Vidya Balan too and is looking forward to seeing the movie.

Appreciating Vidya: Bipasha Basu

All praise: Neil Nitin Mukesh Keep it up!

It seems that everyone has loved Neil Nitin Mukesh’s work in Players. He has been showered with praise on his Twitter page. Here’s a spoiler: he is deceptive in the movie!

All praise: Neil Nitin Mukesh

Good shot: Salman KhanOne more time

Salman Khan calls the shots no matter what he does and where he is. He wants to do another season of his television debut show, Dus Ka Dum. If he has faith in it, it has got to work!

Good shot: Salman Khan

Chatter box

having fun: Romit RajDolly is not all that bad

Romit Raj, who is seen as lawyer Varun in Adalaat on Sony is one happy actor to work with a variety of actors. He shares his Dolly Bindra experience. “Shooting with Dolly Bindra was not like Christmas time but it was like Diwali, full of fire crackers. She is dynamic and when she is on the sets it’s a fun. My favourite scene is where she throws her sandal in the court on a witness standing in dock. She is super entertaining and watching her live is really fun!”

having fun: Romit Raj

Pooja Bedi Now, the Bigg suit

The fifth season of Colors’ Bigg Boss is known for its controversies and the latest buzz is that Pooja Bedi is going to file a case against the channel for not allowing her to be a part of the finale. As per the contract of the show every ex-contestant has to be present in the finale but she was banned without any notice.

legal issues: Pooja Bedi

Fresh take

Nikhil Sinha’s Dev O Ka Dev Mahadev on LIfe Ok is gaining popularity with every passing day. And one actor who is basking in glory is Surbhi Shukla, the lady who is playing Rohini’s character in the show. Incidentally, this is not Surbhi’s first mythological show. She has already done a show titled Suryapuran on Pragya channel. Surbhi is also waiting for her first Bhojpuri film as a lead to release soon. Though she has done other films, this is the first one as a lead. “Initially I was selected to play the character of Revati, but later on the creative team thought that I would fit better in this. I was delighted to accept that. Everyone in my family, is very spiritual and when this one came my way I said yes instantly. “Surbhi feels the story of Mahadev narrates many untold, unheard stories of Lord Shiva and that is the reason it is gaining popularity.


Not interested

The Indian media was flooded with reports of how a British documentary will be made on KBC jackpot winner Sushil Kumar.The reality show star, who won 5 crore on KBC 5, was supposedly offered a documentary film to be directed by Chris Tarrant and Keith Strachan. But in a recent interview Sushil Kumar declined such an offer.

Sangram Singh and Payal Rohatgi Time for love

After making headlines for her romantic alliance with Rahul Mahajan on the reality show Bigg Boss, actress Payal Rohatgi now reveals that she is dating wrestler Sangram Singh, whom she met on another reality show, Survivor India. Both met during the shooting of the show.

hand in hand: Sangram Singh and Payal Rohatgi

Two to tango: Sanjeeda & Amir Wedding on the cards

Cute couple of television Aamir Ali currently seen in FIR on SAB TV – and Sanjeeda Sheikh is part of Piya Ka Ghar on Sahara are all set to tie the knot in the month of March, 2012. Sanjeeda has already informed the production house of Piya (Maximum Productions) and has applied for leave during that period.

Two to tango: Sanjeeda & Amir

Rough and tough

The New Year may have started with a bang for many people but certainly not for actor Tarun Khanna. Currently being seen as Dadda Chaulukya in Swastik Pictures ShobhaSomnath Ki had a somewhat difficult time in welcoming the New Year. “There is a sequence in the show where Dadda Chaulukya will be fighting with the enemy soldiers under water. We went ahead of Umargaun, which is almost 250 km from Mumbai for the shooting. Tarun also adds that he had to be in the water throughout the day. “It was freezing cold and we were always waiting for the sun to come out. Even in the evening, it was very cold, but we had to continue shooting. This is the first time I have done something like this in my career! Trust me it was really tough,” says the actor. Tarun had to shoot under water with his costume and wig and moustache.

Lifeline goes desi

Filmfarm is coming up with a show loosely based on the American medical soap, Lifeline. It is also reported that the new show would be telecast on Life OK. This untitled show would be aired in the third slot of the channel.

Avika Gor Blog on

Television’s little queen Avika Gor of Balika Vadhu fame has launched her own personal blog She has started this blog so that she can connect with her fans and express herself better.

Avika Gor

Astro turf
P Khurrana

ARIES: Do not let ego clashes spoil your family life. You will have to watch your emotions. Cupid may strike you. A strong focus on social activities suggests fun and romance. Be alert to an easy-come, easy-go approach. Tarot message: Emphasis on spiritual needs. Lucky colour: Metallic Grey. Magic number: 28.

TAURUS: You could be feeling a little irritable early in the day, so leave other people alone until you start to relax and warm up. A good night sleep can help you perform better at your workplace. Tarot message: Balance in all aspects is recommended. Lucky colour: Peacock green. Magic number: 63.

GEMINI: Mental and physical energy can be successfully combined today. Property matters must also be handled with a great deal of care. Writers/ authors: Do not clash with publishers. Party time ahead. Tarot message: Do not transact in uncertain matters. Lucky colour: Sky blue. Magic number: 48

CANCER: If women intend to do any shopping, go out before lunch time. Your concentration abilities are in top form. Get into your housework and recognize your living space for peak efficiency. Tarot message: Be articulate to prevent people from making their own conclusions. Lucky colour: Yellow. Magic number: 39.

LEO: This is a good day for business. Your personal and public life is likely to clash. Health may be detrimentally affected while travelling. Watch what you say. You do need to watch extravagance. Tarot message: Don’t be dismissive of advice from youthful origin. Lucky colour: Pink. Magic number: 25.

VIRGO: There is a chaotic energy in the celestial sphere this morning. All sorts of upsets or accidents could occur. Think before you act and this time should pass without too much trouble. Tarot message: Use your instinct to get into the top circle of power. Lucky colour: Deep red. Magic number: 46.

LIBRA: All sorts of situations can present opportunities today. Stay detached. Take this opportunity to identify problems and resolve your differences. A good rapport with your associates can be favourable. Tarot message: Set the unpleasant set of events into motion. Lucky colour: Sea green. Magic number: 35.

SCORPIO: This is the best day for completing work. Your spouse might be feeling a little emotional. Daydreaming might make you feel as though you are wasting time. This is a good day for studying spiritual subjects. Tarot message: Must learn to accept responsibility for self and others. Lucky colour: Silver Grey. Magic number: 44.

SAGITTARIUS: You are unlikely to get much chance to relax. Thoughts of love, good feelings and generosity dominate. Mercury joins loving Venus, so there is likely to be cooperation and compassion in all personal dealings. Tarot message: Your determination to succeed will pay dividends. Lucky colour: Saffron. Magic number: 50

CAPRICORN: Be delicate when handling other people’s money today. If you have an appointment with the bank to borrow money, double check all the details before signing. Pay attention to the present job. Tarot message: Work could pose certain minor difficulties. Lucky colour: Rainbow Pestles. Magic number: 30.

AQUARIUS: This is certainly not the day to go shopping if saving money is your object, as you will be attracted to luxurious things. Feed your intellectual interests surfing the Net, blogging or reading. Tarot message: Plan your life to avoid the in build delays that comes your way. Lucky colour: Peach. Magic number: 27.

PISCES: Let people know if you are going to be late for important appointments. Concentration on studies will be difficult. Arguments with your colleagues will become serious. Travel will be on your agenda. Tarot message: Don’t forsake a new learning opportunity because of pride. Lucky colour: Turquoise. Magic number: 56.

The year ahead
Madan Gupta Spatu

If your birthday is January 9...

You should do whatever you can to hold onto your cash in February and March - it may come in handy later! Even if you’re sorely in need of some therapy, you need to keep the future in mind. Use this time to appreciate your current status, to make practical decisions that are based on the actual effort you are willing to expend and to reassess where your relationship is heading in the future.

Get real about the progress, priorities and quality of your love life, domestic situation or standard of living. Above all, keep it simple and don’t worry about what other people do. “You need to expand — or at least think about expansion. Once you’ve settled on a plan, take extra time to sort out the details. A perfect year for requesting credit, making speculative operations and investments in property. Avoid borrowing or lending. If you have to work in a team, avoid treating co-workers badly to avoid complications. If you try hard to keep everything in order, you will only generate more chaos.

It may get a little scary when you feel things rattle, because at times, it may seem like you are feeling an earthquake. You may have new sources of income, so spend on healing, meditation and self-development. However, you may also need to have a philosophical view of your finances.

You may decide to change your doctor. There could also be emotional setback, which may affect health or even strain due to over-analysis. Mental and physical exhaustion is indicated. General respiratory problems are likely to occur. Purchase of property, which you cherished, will materialize by mid November.

Mood: Emotional but calm. Compatible Signs: Virgo, Taurus. Lucky colours: Forest green, Deep pink. Lucky days: Friday and Sunday. Lucky numbers: 6, 11, 15, 23, 90. Lucky gem: Hematite. Lucky flower: Dahlia.

Farhan Akhtar (January 9, 1974 ,Mumbai) is son of renowned Indian lyricist/poet Javed Akhtar and screenplay and story writer Honey Irani. He is brother of Zoya Akhtar, cousin of Kabir Akhtar and grandson of Jan Nissar Akhtar. His directorial debut Dil Chahta Hai (2001) won a National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi. He made his acting debut with Rock On!(2008).

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