The festive trend
Lohri is here and it is time for loud embellishments — dabka, beads, zari, aari and zardosi work — on your dresses
Jigyasa Kapoor Chimra

We may be going the ‘western way’ when it comes to our daily wear, but traditional Indian attires are always the preference for festivals. And when we are talking of a festival that is synonymous with Punjab (read Lohri), we definitely want to dress in brocade-lined, sequin-embedded, zigzag glitter, shimmer webs, vibrant hues and much more!

Although Indian women have pushed everything garish out of their wardrobe and sizzle in their sensual blouses, regal fabrics and vibrant colour combos, festivals are all about loud embellishments — dabka, beads, zari, aari and zardosi work.

“When it comes to fabrics, regal is the new rage and we have velvet in fashion,” says designer Rashmi Bindra. She adds, “Anarkalis are not so much in demand but we are seeing coat style suits and other than that, youngsters are preferring blazers and trousers with traditional scarves.” Spelling the work, she says, “It’s more of zari and thread-work that is in and for colours it is orange, brown and purple that is hot.” 

For the ones who are celebrating their first Lohri, Neha Vohra, counsellor in a local school says, “Brocade has always fascinated me and for my first Lohri, I am wearing a Benarasi suit. And I have chosen zari and sequin work on it!” She adds, “Benarasi always looks best in traditional style so I have chosen a kurti and dhoti style salwar.”

Talk of the embellishments and they are heavy, yet not very in-your-face. The accent this season is being opulent without being garish. Divya Kapoor from Samsaara in Hotel Taj says, “Ethnic look is back in fashion so is gotta pati work, mukesh, sequins, stones in dabka and resham, crystal and Moghul motifs in understated shimmer. Patch work in solid colours is also in trend and for the contemporary women; Lohri would also see tunics with fancy coats.”

Muted shimmer and dull antique work is the flavour of the festive season and we have solid colours taking the cake. As for our fashion aficionados who’d settle for nothing but exclusive, they can go for textiles borrowed heavily from the Mughal gharana and the Avadhi royalty, lehengas, angarkhas, heavy kurtas and some signature style saris flaunting traditional Indian folk motifs at Samsaara. The one from Neeta Lulla, a lehenga-choli that can be worn with a pyajama, is surely a good deal. For more trends, Tanu Batra says, “Patiala salwars or dhoti salwars are a hot trend this Lohri. For the newly-weds who have their first Lohri its, zardosi, dabka, aari, mukesh and sequin work that is doing well. Colours are bright and women are more experimental even in suits these days.”

Bonfire, beats…bonhomie
Manpriya Khurana

Don’t fret if it isn’t your first — the thing with Lohri celebrations is that if there’s no reason to not celebrate, that’s a reason enough to celebrate! You may not be hosting the big grand Lohri bash, but that still shouldn’t put a full stop to the celebrations. With the bonfires lit all around the city, there are ample platforms to join in the festive fire. At some of the places, revelry continues for two days at a stretch, starting from an evening before!

Among some of the known associations in the city, Chandigarh Club seems to take the lead. Shares Major Singh, additional assistant secretary, Chandigarh Club, “We have two days of celebrations. A night before will see loud celebrations, where as many as seven to eight Punjabi singers will be performing; some of the renowned names being Satinder Satti, Raja Bathh et al. The next day will see comparatively low-key, traditional celebrations.”

At Ladies Central Club, it doesn’t get more traditional; dhol beats, folk songs, traditional attires, confetti and confectionary in tow. That’s the festival as we know it. The students need not go beyond the varsity. Flash your card and be a part of the myriad fires lit across the campus — starting right from the individual departments and colleges during day time. In the afternoon, the party shifts to the Student’s Centre, only to stretch way beyond the dinner hours inside the hostels. “If there’s one festival that’s a cult on the campus, then that’s Lohri. Nowhere is it celebrated with so much enthusiasm as it is on the varsity grounds,” shares Rittika Dang, English Honours student. The magic could lie in the venue, or it could lie in the occasion. “I like the hostel celebrations; these begin at eight pm each year and continue well past midnight,” chips in Suhani Mittal, from Kasturba Hostel.

It’s literally a cultural extravaganza at Alliance Francaise, as they ask you to bring your kites for celebrating in spirit. And wish you a Joy Eux Lohri (that’s Happy Lohri) and hand out an invite saying Venez Feter Lohri Avec Nous (celebrate Lohri with us) an evening before.

Many would rather give thumbs up to the house parties — an occasion where the personal residence makes maximum sense to many. Shrugs Robin Beniwal, student, Panjab Technical University, “That’s where you can tailor it according to your tastes and needs. Have just your best people around amidst all the warmth. I think this is the coziest and the best way to celebrate the festival.” If nothing else works out head to the central most part of the city — Sector 17. We still don’t know what it is — free for all or best of all!

If still nothing else works, gather half-a-dozen logs, spread some chairs around, put on music and you are ready to go!

Fight a week is good for marriage!

Forty-four per cent of married couples across India agree that the key to a long and happy marriage is having fights more than once a week, says a new survey.

In Shaadi Aajkal, a survey conducted by leading matrimonial site and market research agency IMRB, these couples believe fighting more than once a week helps keep the communication lines open.

Anand Seth, who works as a business development manager, said “fights help couples come closer and often clear misunderstandings. Fights are extremely necessary in a relationship as it makes the bond stronger.

“It also helps because each partner develops sensitivity and sensibility on the other’s preferences through adversity.”

Sushila Basu, marketing manager at a multinational company, points out that arguments help as the differences get sorted out instead of “it brewing and festering in the couple’s minds”. —IANS

Ashton loves the test deal

Kutcher, 33, who replaced troubled star Charlie Sheen from the show to play the character of billionaire Walden Schmidt in the ninth series of the sitcom, said he was signed up to the show on a “test deal.”

“I’m having a lot of fun doing the show, working with these guys and would be interested in coming back.

“The deal that we structured for the show is kind of a test deal, ‘Can we get the show up? Can we get it going?’ The show is outperforming the numbers from before I was here, and so I think people are responding to it,” he said.

The first episode of Two and a Half Men in which Kutcher appeared set 27.7 million viewers which is more than double the number of the season eight in 2010.

Kutcher has previously said landing the role felt like “winning the lottery”. — PTI

Perfect guy

Hannibal star Anthony Hopkins shocked store staff when he chose some clothes but refused to buy them until his wife had approved the garments.

The 74-year-old veteran actor, who married his third spouse Stella Arroyave in 2003, recently went on a spending spree at Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills, but after trying on a number of outfits he reportedly told the sales assistant to put them on hold until his partner could come along and approve his choices.

“No, don’t ring anything up just yet. Could you please hold all of it for 24 hours? My wife will be coming by to look at all my clothing choices. Sorry, but I just don’t want to buy anything before she gives me her approval,” Hopkins said. Last year, the actor confessed he felt saved by his antiques dealer wife because he was suffering with slight depression when he met her.

“She met me ten years ago when I was shut down. Shut down for some years. I didn’t feel shut down at that time. I felt I was quite happy. But I was dealing with slight depression. Not trusting anyone. Certainly not trusting women. Everyday she wakes up happy. She’s very positive about everything. I learnt from her just to take life as it comes. So I live my life in non -expectation,” he added. — PTI

Demi Lovato splits from boyfriend?

The couple never publicly confirmed their romance, but were caught on camera kissing several times following weeks of speculation about their relationship.

However, it seems the union is over. Lovato, 19, took to her Twitter page to post a string of messages relating to men issues. She ‘re-tweeted’ a Marilyn Monroe quotation reading, “A wise girl kisses but doesn’t love, listens but doesn’t believe, and leaves before she is left”, before adding: “The smartest thing a woman can ever learn, is to never need a man.”


Smile is the best gift...
Working hard: Hrithik Roshan
Working hard: Hrithik Roshan

Hrithik Roshan turned 38 this week. He invited the media over to his suburban residence in Mumbai to join in the celebrations. Here is an excerpt from the interactions.

What is the best birthday gift you have received?

I think that would be the gift of smiling without reason. I am happy and you all are happy just seeing me happy. We are all here to celebrate and I love the kindness and generosity people are showering on me. I think smiling is the best gift.

Do you have a birthday wish?

The last couple of months have been challenging for me, health-wise. So I will take better care of my health and I wish good health for everyone. We must value our health.

What are your expectations from Agneepath?

I hope the film does well and people like my work. I have worked very hard on it. I don’t want to create any image. We all believed in the movie so we made it and we hope for the best.

You have been paired with Priyanka again…

We are friends now. She is a very special girl, a very talented actress, and a great and happy person to be around. She is full of energy and I think Agneepath is her best work to date.

How are you preparing for Krrishh 3?

My father and I have worked on the script for three years and we like the way it has turned out. My father is very happy with the first schedule of the film which is complete. I am training hard for the film these days because I need to be in my best shape. I will shoot continuously for eighty days and those are mostly action sequences.

You have completed 12 years in the industry. How do you feel?

I feel fantastic. I feel like I am beginning anew each year. I overcame the challenge if a bad back recently. I have been blessed by working with the finest actors and filmmakers I know and doing films that people have loved. I am very enthusiastic about my work even today and that is a gift. I am grateful for my life, family, friends, and career. — HRM

Family bonds matter

He earns by the minute, yet superstar Shah Rukh Khan never compromises on quality time with his kids. Be it a bicycle ride or a game of soccer, he, like several celebrity parents these days, is always matching steps with his children - a quality others could imbibe, feel experts.

Shah Rukh surprised all and sundry when he decided to step on to a Mumbai street with his daughter, Suhana, and a well-built bodyguard, for a cycle ride. He remained nonchalant about the eyeballs he grabbed on the streets, and played daddy cool for his little angel. As a parent, it was a rare, special moment for him.

Arjun Rampal, father to two lovely daughters, also indulges a lot. During the full moon Monday night, the actor was up on his terrace with a telescope, and treated his daughters to a faint view of its craters.

Even actress Pooja Bedi, who has been in the news for her Bigg Boss 5 association, planned a trip with her kids — Aalia and Omar — after her exit to catch up on missed times. “Had so much fun on the ski slopes with the kids today:). Love being the mom that does stuff with them, rather than watch from side,” tweeted Pooja, a single mother. — IANS

Party round up

Dabboo Ratnani’s 2012 annual calendar launch was held at Olive in suburban Mumbai and attended by the crème de la crème of Bollywood. Here is what happened.

A source tells us, ‘Shah Rukh Khan arrived very early, at 10 pm, as opposed to his usual party arrival time of 1 am. As soon as he came, his friends Arjun Rampal, Hrithik Roshan, and their spouses left. They did not greet each other. That was strange. In fact, even in Dubai, SRK and Gauri spent time separately from Susanne and Hrithik. The foursome is thick as thieves and we hope it stays that way.’

The source continues, ‘Abhishek greeted SRK very warmly and the two chatted for ages, like best friends. In fact, SRK has invited Abhishek to spend time with his at Yash Raj Studios because he will begin shooting for Yash Chopra’s film over there soon. SRK spent a decent amount of time talking to the media. Kangna Ranaut was barely there for five minutes and people hardly recognized her in her new hairstyle and make-up. Everybody got pictures shot outside the venue during arrival and exit.’

The source gives us more scoop: ‘Asin was quite lonely and her friends were not there. She didn’t know whom to talk to so she spoke to the ever-friendly and eager media people present there. Ritesh Sidhwani spoke to Kangna Ranaut and he seemed to miss his buddy Farhan Akhtar. He spoke to the media too after SRK finished his mile-a-minute bites. Bipasha Basu was in a hurry to leave and stuck to Rocky S’ side while she was there.

Green thumb
Right cut
satish narula

Ask those who grow plants like their own children as to what happens to their heart when some disease appears or a branch or limb gets damaged. At times they are also apprehensive about the pruning process. But shed your fears, as this is an essential process for the good of the plant and its fruits.

Pruning is one such process in which we remove the unwanted branches, limbs etc to give either a new lease of life to the old plants or to improve the yield and quality of the fruit. This is done to remove the dead and diseased parts of the trees. It will not be out of the place to say that plant training and pruning is an essential process in case of deciduous fruit trees like peach plum, pear, grapes, phalsa and mulberry.

The nature has provided the deciduous trees with a self- protection mechanism of saving it from the vagaries of cold weather. They ‘sleep’ and shed leaves to go dormant. The deciduous fruit trees are pruned only once in a year and this is that time of the year. For pruning such trees, the process is different for different species of fruits. A wrong method used may mean loss of crop. So, take the help of an expert to do so and do not leave it to malis. A few hints about various kinds of fruit trees are as follows.

One thing in pruning is common for all kind of such fruit trees and that is removal of dead and diseased parts of the tree. Also remove all those strangulating branches that criss-cross in the middle of the tree. There is a unique kind of growth that appears in such trees that goes perpendicularly upwards surpassing all the other growth in the tree and that should also be removed. Also remove all those branches that sprout from the base of the tree, that is, below the graft union. They unnecessarily eat into the plant nutrition.

Peach is a common plant that finds a place in kitchen gardens as it starts fruiting very fast. If you have it then keep in mind that it bears on one year old growth. So, as to regulate the crop and for getting good quality fruit, remove 40 per cent of such growth from the tree. Generally it is believed that doing so one loses crop but it is not so. Those branches that have outgrown, out of the tree canopy or those that are hanging down, should also be headed back to half the size. Some of the old limbs could also be headed back. The cut ends more than 5cm should be smeared with disinfectant.

Plum does not need much of pruning. Like peach, the plum also bears on one year old growth besides on short spurs. Remove thin and crowded twigs and branches. This is done to admit some light in the middle of the tree. After every four to five years of fruiting, heavy pruning of the tree should be done by heading back the long branches about half of their length.  Plum is also grown by some gardeners for its bloom beauty the sticks of which are used by ikebana freaks in arrangements.

In case of phalsa, head back the tree to a height of one metre from the ground. The growth in phalsa is tremendous and in a year it may putforth a growth of a few feet. The phalsa bears fruit on the current year growth.

(Narula is a Chandigarh-based horticulturist)

Desi in style!
Ashima Batish

A reference to Justin Bieber in the latest track by Alfaaz is not an aberration; it is a well thought out decision that the Punjabi singer took to put across his point effectively in the lyrics of Tera Mera. “The perception among youth is that you are happening if you listen to English songs. On the contrary, I want to promote crude Punjabi as the coolest language; desi style as the latest fashion,” a claim that is proved in all his songs. He uses pure Punjabi words for lyrics and picks up subjects that reflect the complexes in the youth.

Not that he hasn’t written and sung club music songs, the first preference will always be - “Desi music. I sing songs that people in the villages of Punjab also enjoy as they relate to them easily.” He was advised against writing tracks that couldn’t be played in clubs ample times, but a simple reply was enough to convince all, “Every song is written and composed with a sole intention that it should be a hit dance number. How many songs are written for pleasure and to help the audience introspect? If a few songs are able to do that, I don’t regret taking bold decisions.”

Alfaaz has also worked as an assistant director in a couple of Punjabi films and will soon take up acting—the next obvious career goal of Punjabi singers. “That doesn’t mean singing will take a backseat. In fact, I am a poet first and other things come later.”

He cites a philosophical reason, “Poetry helps me introspect, understand the society better, review what the youth is up to and ultimately to express myself.” Honey Singh, the Punjabi rap star, also helps him in the cause. “I am trying to create a balance; I want to reach out to all segments of the audience.” The duo also plans to come up with more albums.

Canteen and Tera Mera songs will help him do that for sure!

Silk touch…
There is something for everyone at Silk Expo
There is something for everyone at Silk Expo

Silk Expo is on at Kisan Bhavan-35 bringing together the best of the silks from across India. For a change the exhibition has not only a world of stuff for women but also men!

Students from University Institute of Fashion Technology, PU man the stall adding liveliness to the already buzzing exhibition. The students dare you to identify pure silk and are happy to test your silk for you.

All four kinds of silks from different regions of the country make their presence felt in 54 stalls. Temple border, zari borders, kantha work, gharchola, bandhej, you are sure to find most of the traditional designs here. And, also some of the latest patterns. A tussar silk sari in block print and embroidered border is one option, interesting tribal patterns on borders of matka silk is another. Though mostly saris, suit lovers will find beautiful Kashmiri patterns, kantha work and colourful choice too. Saris are priced some Rs 200 onwards.

Men can find handmade shirts in pure silk with seashell stones, jazzy ones to worn with three piece suit and also formal ones in vegetable dyes with pearl buttons. Plus Silk Mark gives surity of purity. —TNS

On till January 15.

Hair-raising success
Jasmine Singh

‘Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it’. As Munish Bajaj, executive director Tress Lounge, L’Oreal, bags the North India Business and Excellence Award 2012 in New Delhi from Shashi Tharoor, winning the best Unisex Salon Brand in tri-city, we recall the man saying all he was concerned ever was about his work and not the reward. But winning has taken his confidence a notch higher, and he looks forward to doing much more in the growing beauty industry. His story is that of a person who believes in his karma.

Success story

Says Munish Bajaj who started with the enterprise 2003 when L’Oreal motivated him to open a salon. “All I knew from the minute go was that I had to do something different. I also knew that women have a strong hold in the beauty industry, but I had the will and right intention. I feel I have managed to create a success story everyday.” Munish, managing 16 branches across tri city.

Beauty no bar

Fashion, wellness and beauty are segments that are ever-growing. New products, new techniques, it isn’t easy to be on the cutting edge. Munish, however, never thought this as a challenge. “I have faith in my staff, my family and friends and I know I can move on till I have their support,” he says. “I don’t sell products or techniques, rather I offer services, which is the USP of all our centres,” adds Munish.

At your service

“Products can make a person look beautiful, my endeavour, however, has been to build relations with my clients. The idea is to tell them that we are concerned about their overall well being, and if in a way our services can make them stress free, we are always at your service,” offers Munish who travels widely and brings in the best of experiences to his salons and spa. “Beauty and health go hand in hand so I have hired an experienced staff and doctors as well, who make those three to four hours of the client spend in the salon or spa a memorable service,” provides Munish who plans to open 50 more salons by the end of the year. He also plans to open Franchise models of his own brand Tress Lounge, Hair Raiserz. “This will provide job opportunity to youngsters and people who want to excel in the beauty industry,” he says thanking the people of tri-city for giving him this honour.

Master Chef
Casserole culture
Kandla Nijhwone

Why am I calling this Casserole culture when casseroles are miles removed from our own culture? Well, to initiate a few new tricks this new year, that's why! Stews and casseroles are hearty, large dishes full of steaming hot food, comforting, flavoursome and nourishing. You can throw in any vegetables you have in hand along with a protein, be it chicken, sausage, paneer or tofu and flavour it with herbs and garlic. Voila! It’s a single-pot dinner, ready in a jiffy! You can serve it with a simple warm loaf of garlic bread, buttered dinner rolls or even a herby, fragrant rice! 

Bean and protein casserole

  • 4 tbsp refined oil
  • 300 gm sausages, boneless chicken, tofu or paneer
  • 2 tbsp fresh rosemary (or 1 tsp dried)
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tsp finely chopped dried red chilly
  • 4 carrots peeled and chopped
  • 4 celery sticks, chopped
  • 3 cups soaked soya bean or rajmah, (or a combination of both) partially cooked
  • Salt, pepper to taste
  • 1 ½ cups boiling water
  • 300 gm tomatoes, chopped


Heat the oil and shallow fry the whole sausages, rosemary, garlic and the chilli for one minute. If using chicken, saute diced pieces till light brown. If using paneer or tofu, toss lightly in oil and remove. This can be added later, or it will crumble. Add the carrots and celery and fry for a further three minutes. Add the beans and season with salt and pepper. Add the boiling water, cover with a lid and leave to simmer on a low heat for 20 minutes. If using sausage, remove from pot, slice it into roundels and toss back. Add the cherry tomatoes and carry on cooking without the lid on a low heat for another 10 minutes allowing the sauce to thicken. Paneer or tofu can be added when the sauce looks thickened. Check seasoning and serve hot with bread or rice.

 (Nijhwone is a Chandigarh-based culinary expert)

Fresh and frothy
Gurvinder Singh

Forget the bottled or canned beer. Now sip or guzzle it all afresh. The freshly brewed, free of preservatives beer has the zing of its own. The micro-brewery at Brewmaster in Westend Mall has introduced the concept of fresh beer for the first time in Punjab, according Anmol Chadha, the managing director of Brewmaster.

The beer takes about 15-20 days to ferment. The freshly- brewed beer tastes different. It has a distinct taste with a tinge of fruity "summery" flavour to it, says Anmol. Germany is known for its fine beer and the beer here is made from wheat imported from the country.

"Beer made from wheat has a different flavour, quite unlike from the one created from barley, he said. "Similarly the freshly brewed beer tastes awesome, specially when there is live music at the background," says Vineet Bedi, a resident of Civil Lines. "I am fond of beer. I don't take whiskey or other forms of liquor," says Deepak Chawla, a city resident.

New releases

Chaalis Chaurasi

Producers: Uday Shetty, Sachin Awasthee, Anuja Mhaiskar

Director: Hriday Shetty

Hriday Shetty’s cop story has Naseeruddin Shah, Kay Kay Menon, Atul Kulkarni, Ravi Kissen, Manoj Pahwa and Shweta Bhardwaj. Hriday who earlier directed Plan andPyar Mein Twist unfolds entire film in a police van. Zakir Hussain also plays an important role in this thriller.

A different cop story with thrills has created curiosity among the viewers.

Sadda Adda

Producer: Tarun Agrawal, Rajeev Aggarwal

Direction: Muazzam Beg’s

Sadda Adda is a romantic drama in which Muazzam Beg makes his debut as a director. Beg earlier wrote the script for films like Swami and Money Hai Toh Honey Hai. Shaurya Chauhan who was last seen in John Abraham starrer Force plays a racing driver. Sadda Adda is a slice-of-life film set in Delhi and tells the story of six young people and their journey as they struggle to settle down in Delhi. The film also stars Karan Sharma and Bhaumik Sampat. The film is set for release today at theatres near you.


Producer: Bharat Shah

Writer and director: Puja Jatinder Bedi

Shiney Ahuja makes a comeback in Bollywood after almost three years with this horror flick. Ghost also marks the debut of Puja Jatinder Bedi as a director. Apart from donning the director’s and writer’s hat for this film, Puja has also designed the costumes for the lead stars Shiney Ahuja and Sayali Bhagat. Julia Bliss also stars in this film which opens today all over.

Get ready to watch actor Julia Bliss as a ghost in this movie.

Dharam Pal

Star track

Early riser

Deepika Padukone wakes up and works out at six am everyday with Yasmin Karachiwala. She is toning up more for Race 2.

Toning up: Deepika Padukone

Kylie wishes well!

Pop star Kylie Minogue has sent her good wishes to ex-boyfriend Olivier Martinez after hearing the news he’s engaged to wed Halle Berry.

The Spinning Around hitmaker, who dated the French model for five years before they split in 2007, sent her warm wishes to the couple after it was revealed that they plan to tie the knot. “Congrats to Olivier Martinez and Halle Berry!! #wedding (sic),” Minogue wrote on Twitter.

The 46-year-old hunk is said to have proposed to Berry, who was previously married to baseball player David Justice for four years and tied the knot with Eric Benet in 2001 before separating two years later, with an emerald and diamond ring over the Christmas period.

The pair are expected to tie the knot in California early this summer. — PTI

Between shots: Ali ZafarJack of all trades

Ali Zafar loves playing cricket. He is a man of many talents such as singing, writing, painting. He is currently shooting Chashm-e-Baddoor in Goa and plays cricket in between shots.

Between shots: Ali Zafar

Chatter box

Know Aditya Redij’s TV quotient

Aditya Redij who is presently seen in Imagine TV's Sanware Sabke Sapne – Preeto is one cool dude of television. We quizzed this hunk of television about his television quotient. Here’s what he had to say

How much time do you spend watching TV everyday? When was the last time you watched TV at a stretch?

I watch for at least one-and-a-half hour every night after finishing my shoot. The last time I watched TV at a stretch was when I watching the American version of Survivor.  

What are your favourite shows on TV?

It has to be Preeto and Na Aana Is Des Laado. 

Who are your favourite TV personalities?

My favourite television personality has to be Amitabh Bachchan. He is a legendary man.

What do you love the most about Indian serials?

I love the fact that it pays for my bread and butter. (Laughs) But yes, I value that they have an emotional significance. People get attached to our characters and shows. They care for us, which makes it overwhelming.

What do you detest about Indian serials?

Sometimes they tend to over do concepts. For instance, the reincarnation melodrama. People pass away and then they come back again. However, I don’t think it still happens. Also, I hate that as an actor you have to be a part of such melodrama because the script demands it. We just feel helpless.

Your take on Indian news channels…

The headlines are something and they show something else. I think they need to be more content-driven and less titillating.

Your earliest memories of Indian television…

As a kid, I wasn’t really into television. But still, I remember when we bought our first coloUr television. We used to watch Banegi Apni Baat on Zee TV together. —HRM

Twist in tale

New entry: Priya MaratheColors’s Uttaran is known for its twists and turns. After the re-entry of Vansh and his revelation as Tiger, now the latest news is that Priya Marathe of Pavitra Rishta fame will be seen as Tiger’s girlfriend Ruby. She has started shooting for the show and in coming episodes, she will make an entry.
New entry: Priya Marathe

Role driven

Playtime Creation's new show Ruk Jana Nahin is seeing a comeback of the bad man Aniruddh Dave as Indu Singh. Anirudh feels playing Indu Singh is definitely a challenge for him. Dave who is from Rajasthan, has watched the student politicians in the college campus closely. "Though I have never attended or participated in any of their campaigns, I was active with the cultural programmes and was popular too. So, all the leaders used to call me for their campaigning!" Anirudh also had to work out for this character as it demands him to be very strong. He is tagged in the show as a bahubali, "A bahubali person is not just a macho man. I gained a few kilos to give that strong effect in my look. Producer Hemal Thakkar is a fantastic producer." Prior to this show also Aniruddh has played negative shades in shows.

Singing Talent: Rati PandePlayback time

Television actress Rati Pandey aka Indira from Hitler Didi is now trying her hand at singing and waiting for a good singing reality show. She aspires to become a singer as well.

Singing Talent: Rati Pande

AB for TV

Good show: Amitabh BachchanThere are rumours that Big B has shown interest in playing the sutradhar in a new music reality show Sur Shetra on Sahara One. It will see Himesh Reshammiya and Atif Aslam as mentors. Bachchan heard about the show from his co-star Sridevi. The actor was impressed with the fact that the show is about India-Pakistan ties.

Good show: Amitabh Bachchan

Astro turf
P Khurrana

ARIES: New ideas; people and things can capture your imagination and take you off on a tangent. Beware of an infatuation. A change in work environment could be to your advantage. Lovers, do not give up hope and catch hold of your soul mate. Tarot message: Be careful when driving. Lucky colour: Pink. Magic number: 28

TAURUS: A new romance could be idealised to the point where reality and your dreams are two completely different things. Do not allow your imagination to go wild. Travel plans can be delayed. Tarot message: Do not ignore any health problems, since they could worsen with time. Lucky colour: Camel. Magic number: 35

GEMINI: Impulse buying could be one of your character defects, so do not take your credit card with you. If work has fallen behind schedule, you can catch up now. You will be pleased to keep a low profile. Tarot message: Don’t be reckless with your words, choose them wisely. Lucky colour: Sap green. Magic number: 55

CANCER: This is a fortunate day concerning romance and finance. Inclinations of eroticism will highlight your enjoyment in beauty, art and music. Your recent tactics should began to pay off. Your health improves. Tarot message: Take one slip at a time to climb the ladder of success. Lucky colour: Black. Magic number: 48

LEO: Get out on the workshop floor; tour offices. Do not be in a hurry regarding property matters. Romance with an interesting person might be the start of a deeper connection. Tarot message: It’s best not to have great expectations in any aspect or you could be disappointed. Lucky colour: Silver. Magic number: 63

VIRGO: The attention paid by a member of the opposite sex will be extremely flattering. Make this day a typical family day. Think twice before making snap decisions. Expect good news late in the evening. Tarot message: Be thorough, patient and sensible when making choices. Lucky colour: Cream. Magic number: 38

LIBRA: Do not speculate at all, you could be lucky but the chance of losing is high. Arguments will easily develop with people you are doing business with. Family matters from the past might haunt your serenity. Tarot message: Listen to your well wishers even if you don’t relish their advice.Lucky colour: Green. Magic number: 26

SCORPIO: This is a right time for storing away information for further use. A new romance can disrupt your routine but adds a dimension of magic that turns problems into solutions. Tarot message: Business problems must be solved without anybody getting hurt. Lucky colour: Golden yellow. Magic number: 62

SAGITTARIUS: You may relocate to new living quarters or start looking to buy a home of your own. Renovations can get under way but beware of hidden problems in plumbing or wiring.Older women may need medical attention. Tarot message: Minor official pin-pricks are better ignored. Lucky colour: Blue. Magic number: 49

CAPRICORN: Your card Ten of Swords frown on romance, so love seems far away. Social workers will meet an influential person. Do not put off a family commitment, a promise to your parents or a mortgage repayment. Tarot message: Try to get rid of negative feelings through love. Lucky colour: Brown. Magic number: 47

AQUARIUS: The early hours are good for discussing personal matters. If you are looking to purchase a property, now is an opportune time. A hobby could turn into an occupation and give you the chance to start working for yourself. Tarot message: Avoid the tendency to criticise others. Lucky colour: Red. Magic number: 41

PISCES: This looks to be an enjoyable day, peppered with good communication. The Venus promises a good relationship with the members of opposite sex whose name starts with alphabet ‘M’, ‘S’ or ‘R’. Tarot message: Don’t do anything at the cost of health. Lucky colour: Orange. Magic number: 55

The year ahead
Madan Gupta Spatu

If your birthday is January 13...

The year suggests that you should take a break in June to assess and make adjustments to your relationships. You can also simply capture the moment and admire or consider the progress made. Much may depend on the full maturation of this matter, so be patient and persevere without rushing to judgment. Remind yourself of the purpose of what you are doing. There is much work ahead, but the time is not yet ripe for you to act. Don't assume anything or meddle, but let nature take its course. Stick to tending your own backyard and your interest will flourish and give back to you sevenfold. Don't hurry, for shortcuts at this point could spoil your chances.

You'll adopt new methods but someone won't appreciate them and will criticise you leading you to fear your stability and even redundancy. You'll be very understanding towards your loved one, even if someone will try to intervene in your relationship and irritate you around April.

In this particular moment, try not to waste your energy in fighting but wait without forcing destiny's hand. If you learn how to adapt yourself to the situation in hand, by coming to an agreement, you will obtain great well-being and assured success.

You're in a fantastic mood at the moment, but don't expect to make great strides on a project. You'll be happiest when checking brief items off a to-do list or chatting with colleagues and brainstorming ideas. Sustained efforts will be dull but rewarding. You take the fall for a minor setback in September and it's best that you stay away from pointing the finger. It doesn't do you any good to share the blame and you actually should come out ahead if you handle the situation with maturity. Your contact list starts to pay off in a big way and should make your life ten times easier. Optimum opportunities are on the cards but try not to be instinctive. Take all the time you need, both for reflection and for absorbing information. Mood: Becoming more confident. Compatible signs: Taurus, Libra. Lucky colours: Golden, ivory. Lucky days: Thursday and Saturday. Lucky numbers: 4, 6, 19, 20, 26. Lucky gem: Fluorite—the Gemstone for Spiritual Awakening. Lucky flower: Purple daffodil.

Imran Khan ( January 13, 1983. Madison, Wisconsin ) first came as a child artist in Aamir's film Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak in year 1988 and Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander in year 1992. He played the role of young Aamir Khan. Then he made his debut as a lead actor in film Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na in year 2008. It was the biggest hit of the year. He was then nominated for Best Male Debut at the 54th Filmfare Awards and won it along with Faran Akhtar. Then he came in film Luck. His luck will shine in 2013.