On road to FITNESS
Staying healthy is an art. Here are a few places that help you master it
Jasmine Singh

 Oxy Gym at Hotel MountView, Chandigarh
Oxy Gym at Hotel MountView, Chandigarh

There are many things that can happen with wishful thinking, but there is definitely one thing that cannot be achieved through it — physical fitness. Well, of all the things you wish a robot could have made possible for you; health is something that you have to burn and earn. Now that you know wishful thinking doesn't pay, its time to hit the gymnasium! Given the state-of-the-art equipment, high-energy music, professional trainers, new techniques of keeping fit that the gymnasiums in Chandigarh and Ludhiana have to offer, you wouldn't mind driving a few kilometers to get in shape! We get you a low-down on the gyms, the services and the USPs they sport.

Pack it well

The trainer ensures personal attention

Leena Mogre's Specialized Gym Fitness, Chandigarh

The oldest gymnasium in Chandigarh began as Planet Fitness and is now a place that has made the word 'fitness' exciting; something to look forward to. Bobby Garg, director, took the franchise from Leena Mogre and turneda it into Leena Mogre's Specialized Gym Fitness last year.

Tread along: The place offers a complete package of health and fitness services starting from power yoga, spinning, dance classes, aerobics et al. A work-out routine based on fitness regimen designed by Leena Mogre is the most talked about aspect of the gym.

Personal touch: Should anyone be interested in personal training, this gym has more than 20 specialised trainers. Depending on the category of the trainer, personal training costs Rs 4,000-10,000 per month.

"We also offer diet counselling by dietician Savi. The gym provides one complimentary diet session for every member, thereafter we have monthly charges," says Bobby Garg, director.

Membership status: Rs 28,000 for females (this does not include studio classes), Rs 30,000 for males and Rs 50,000 for a couple. These days the gym provides a special offer of Rs 8,000 off on annual membership.

USP: Studio classes that include various kinds of yoga and aerobics, dance, spinning along with the regular cardio exercises.

Close to nature

Oxy Gym, Chandigarh

Getting up early and hitting the gym doesn't sound interesting to everyone's ear, but if you get to see greenery around and breathe in fresh oxygen; burning fats can sound like an enticing prospect. Started three years back, Oxy Gym boasts of international equipment and the best trainers.

Machine work: Automatic exercise bike, suspension trainer, door mount, squat rack, treadmill, cross-trainer; the place believes in providing the best of services.

USP: A swimming pool and spa on the gym premises enhances the relaxation factor. Adds Munish Bajaj, managing director, "Oxy Gym is located inside a five-star property, which makes it an ideal location for exercising."

Membership fee: Rs 15,000-32,000

Timing: 6-10 pm

Fit 'n' Fine

Oceanic Gym

Once you are a member, you can exercise in all the branches in Chandigarh, Panchkula, Mohali and Ludhiana. So, they are giving you no reason to miss out on your exercise schedule.

Trained hands: Jasbir Kaur, proprietor, Oceanic, believes in giving personal attention to the clients. "The gym equipment is more or less the same everywhere, what is most important is personal attention from the trainers who ensure that the client is doing the right kind of exercise. Three to four trainers at any given point of time are present at any centre," she says.

USP: We have almost 10 treadmills at each centre, which is why there is no waiting. The trainers ensure that clients are watched every minute.

Membership fee: Rs 15,000

Professionally yours

Prime Bodies, Ludhiana

Opening a gym is not difficult; ensuring that it is run professionally definitely is. Nishchay Sachdeva, owner and main coach at the gym, has worked with Bollywood celebrities for a long time. He has also worked in a Hindi movie with Sanjay Dutt! He believes in being professionally trained before passing on the knowledge to anyone else. "We have state-of-the-art equipment from the US and ensure that every single client is professionally trained."

Membership fee: Rs 3,000 quarterly.

Going international

Libra Health Club, Ludhiana

Personalised training and diet charts are what the gym focuses on other than providing latest equipment for work-out. Other than this, the place has international trainers who ensure that clients get an update on international health maintaining techniques.


Payal Rohatgi and Sangram Singh say their upcoming movie Valentine's Night is a lesson for those who misuse social networking sites
Sabia Talwar

Sangram Singh & Payal Rohatgi
Sangram Singh & Payal Rohatgi

Valentine's Day is near and so is the movie Valentine's Night, set for a February 10 release. And the lead pair, Payal Rohatgi and Sangram Singh, was in Chandigarh to promote the movie on Tuesday. Sangram Singh, who comes from a wrestling background and has won many medals, done reality shows like 100%: De Dhana Dan, Guinness World Record, Big Toss and recently Survivor India, has a moving story to tell, "I belong to Rohtak and was born pre-mature. I had arthritis, which resulted in paralysis and was on the wheelchair for eight years. It's during this time that I realised that I could bounce back and started working hard on my fitness."

Wrestlers sure are fit and have an excellent on-screen presence! We ask the Haryanavi sportsperson how he managed his prominent accent? "I tried to go slow on my dialogues in the movie and as this is my first stint in Bollywood," adds Sangram.

As for Payal Rohatgi, who has made headlines every time she has appeared on television, "The movie revolves around four couples who break up on Valentine's Day and search for fun through social networking sites."

Band Power

The Astitva Band has come up with compositions and lyrics for Valentine's Night. They were among the top seven in MTV's 'Rock On' and also amongst the best performers in Sony's 'Entertainment Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega'. There are four songs in the movie, which are of different genres. "It's high time that Bollywood gives importance to talented rock bands," they echo.

 So, Valentine's Night is a thriller, which starts from February 14 and lasts till the next morning. Adds Payal, "It is a lesson for those who misuse social networking sites." Sangram has lost fifteen kilos since he appeared in Survivor India and is with Payal for the last eight months now. "We have seen each other in the worst of situations; when there was no sunscreen, no make-up and no soap to take bath," says Payal.

We wonder why the movie is not releasing on February 14! "We are not targetting a particular day for love and we want to cash on the Valentine fever," says Payal. Sangram sure is a dedicated wrestler, "Wrestling is difficult and to get fame in this field, one needs to have enough financial backing." Even as he enters the field of acting, Sangram wants to continue wrestling and helping other players in the field. Payal - the controversy queen? "I hardly care; if controversies happen that is not my problem," says Payal, with raised brows. Payal has a tip for Sangram: "Acting is not learning your lines but how you react to your co-star's dialogues."


The right notes
Jasmine Singh

If you are a music buff, wanting to release your own private album and for some reason you think it isn’t a possibility…you need to hear what singer Baba Honey from Mumbai, on the release of his debut album Balle Punjabis, has to say. “I am a trained singer; I used to look at Mika and notice how he sang. So, following him I have become a singer. Thereafter, I started writing my own compositions. In my debut album, my sister, Rishika Kaushal, a famous model, has acted with me. The album is released under K Company, which is my mother’s company,” he says, taking pride in every word!

We bet you’ve got our point. Moving on to the debut singer Baba Honey, his album and future plans. Baba Honey, born as Hanish Kaushal, moved to Mumbai some years back, saw Mika and started singing. His debut album Balle Punjabis is a mix of Hindi and Punjabi songs. “It has romantic numbers and dance tracks. We have kept the rap in English,” shares Baba Honey, who feels it is easy to release an album but difficult to sustain it.

“These days youngsters sell land to cut an album; what they don’t realise is that they need to sustain this as well. Live shows determine the popularity of a singer. I used to do three-four shows a month, after my debut album my average will go from seven-to-eight shows,” he adds. Someone is making smart business moves in singing! “I am saving money from the shows and plan to produce a film very soon. I will do the music for it. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan will also be singing one track in the untitled movie,” Baba Honey gets as candid.

In letters and spirit

The Chandigarh Sahitya Akademi is organising the Festival of Letters, an annual event spread over three days, starting from February 10.

Writers from outside Chandigarh will present their work and interact with the audience.

Speakers who will participate include Urvashi Butalia, Mridula Garg, Lakshmi Kannan, Raji Narasimhan, Rajee Seth, Shafi Shauq, Manjula Rana, Brigitte Foray, Vanita, Jaswant Deed, Surjit Patar, Sagari Chhabra and Sanjukta Dasgupta.

There will also be a book display and an evening of poetry recited and sung by Neelesh Misra, well-known journalist, poet, story-writer of the Yaadon ka Idiot Box fame on February 11 at Panjab University’s English auditorium.

On February 10 and 11 the sessions will be at the UT Guest House.

The festival will culminate with the Annual Awards ceremony and cultural function on February 12 at the English auditorium. — TNS

Celeb point
Nightmares in dreamland
Divya Dutta

Ask anyone if at some stage in life he or she would like to be part of the film industry. Most would like to go for acting for obvious reasons but some would opt for the technical side too! For creative satisfaction, fame, money, anything!

But what one overlooks is the sweat and hard work and the mental exhaustion involved. I feel you need to be a very strong person if you want to be in films. Unlike your safe and secure 9 to 5 jobs, where at least you know how your tomorrow will be, this field though highly paying, can be most unpredictable. No one knows what the tomorrow holds. Yesterday’s superstar is ignored and forgotten today. Someone who no one bothered about suddenly becomes a star and the world chases him. The statistics keep changing every second! Someone said, “Yahan to patte ke neeche taqdeer padi mil jaati hai.” Meaning, anything can happen. A film can make you a star, a film can make you a pauper!

So many people come everyday to join films. Do they all become actors, directors, writers? No. Some in that clichéd term, struggle. Some succeed, some just survive, and the rest, either take to other professions for survival or get frustrated and go back.

The insecurities and unpredictability this profession brings in, is tough to handle. And it’s not just with beginners, it’s also with the top stars who struggle to maintain that slot. It can shake you, when one day the world is at your feet and the next day they leave you and run to someone new. Here you are not a person, you a commodity! Jo bikta hai woh star, jo nahi woh bekaar!

To survive all that, and still keep your passion for films going is a hard task. So, I respect everyone who survived in this industry their own way. Because the audience would treat you or your work with a matter of fact approach and treat you likewise. Bada accha kaam kiya yaar! Star hai! Or, kya dabba picture banayi yaar! Flop hai! The judgments are passed without realising all the hardship someone went through to make that film. I sat with a superstar I won't name but he had the courage to share that at a party the moment the newer-hotter superstar entered, everyone who were with him till then, left him and went after the other. And he knew his time was over. Tough!

Here, people attend weddings and cremations depending on whether the man was of any importance to them. People who survive here are superhuman! Because they are aware of the harshness and yet have the courage to move on in an unpredictable field. I feel lucky that I tasted success, made my place! It scares me too, what if this wasn't so! This write-up is a salute to all those who tried and those who didn’t. This write-up is for all those who became stars and ended up as juniors.

This is for all those who were big and no one remembers them now… And this is for all those who have dreams, and against all odds, they make those dreams come true on celluloid. I no more make fun of the thank you speeches at award functions because barring a few, the rest have seen their hard work bearing fruit finally and acknowledged by the business minded film industry which ironically sells dreams!

(Dutta is a Bollywood actor)

Net profit or loss?

Combing dating websites for that perfect love match can be very frustrating, and a group of U.S. psychology professors released a report on Monday explaining why there is no substitute for meeting face-to-face.

"Online dating is a terrific addition for singles to meet. That said, there are two problems," report author Eli Finkel, an associate professor of psychology at Northwestern University, said in an interview. — Reuters

The ‘in’ side
Window with a view

Bay windows are usually a unit of three or more windows projecting out from an outer wall of a house. Bay windows add more light, depth and dimension to a room. They create an interesting focal point and allow a lot of natural light and a beautiful outside view. Here are a few tips to decorate your window space—

n Your first step is to decide on a window treatment and also if you want to treat it as one unit or three individual ones.
n Whatever you use to cover your windows, be it drapes or blinds, make sure it blends with the rest of the room. Don’t make the bay area look like a separate area, in fact make it the focal point of the room.
n Avoid using a straight rod for your curtains, instead use bow rods specially designed for bay windows.
n Keep your drapes clean and simple. You can use a valance to cover the rods.
n Instead of curtains, you can consider using wooden shutters to add a country charm to your room.
n Seating is a must if you want to enjoy your bay window to the fullest. You can build a window seat with a cushion and colorful throw pillows on top with storage below.
n Most home owners make a mistake of placing a sofa in front. You must showcase your window instead of hiding it.
n Use small groupings of furniture instead, like a comfy chair placed at an angle, a table and a floor lamp.
n You must also accessorise your bay window with a reading lamp, rug, plants etc. to create a dramatic effect.
n The possibilities are endless. The goal is to decorate your bay windows in a way that enhances their functional and aesthetic qualities.

 (Sukhmani is a Chandigarh-based interior and landscape designer)

Doc Talk
Mane attraction
Dr Harpreet S. Bakshi

Hair transplantation has now become a well-known and permanent treatment for baldness and hair loss. Hair transplantation relocates hair follicles, encouraging natural hair growth in balding areas. Although this procedure is most commonly performed on men, hair transplantation is growing more popular among women too.

It can be performed for traumatic or post burn scares and hairless areas of scalp and eyebrow.

Hair transplant can be done by the old or “strip” technique (which may give a scar) or the new advanced FUE technique (scarless and painless).

Hair transplant can be tailored according to an individual’s requirement. The latest ‘FUE’ method of hair transplant offers flexibility and can be tailored according to an individual’s need with respect to time, money and site of hair transplant.

Now hair transplant is done in shifts or sessions with each session consisting of placement of a variable of 500-1200 hairs. On an average, normally around 800-1,000 hairs are transplanted in one session and it takes around 4 hours for the same. The cost of hair transplant is around Rs 40-50/hair and the cost of one session depends on the number of hair implanted.

In case, the total requirement of an individual which is 2,000 hair, then it can be done in two sessions. If an individual has paucity of time or money, he can get small sessions of 400-500 hairs within two hours.

Since the procedure is a “day care” office procedure, it does not require any hospital stay or bed rest or any prolonged anaesthesia. The patient can comfortably drive back home and can get back to his office the very next day.

Hence even hair transplant can be done in easy, cost effective installments which can be flexibly worked out as per wishes of an individual.

So, say goodbye to baldness.

(Dr Bakshi is a Panchkula-based cosmetic and plastic surgeon)

Home alone
Radcliffe to spend Valentine's Day away from girlfriend

Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe says he will spend Valentine's Day without his girlfriend because he is so busy promoting new movie The Woman In Black.

The 22-year-old British actor is dating production assistant Rosie Coker, but the lovers will be apart on the most romantic day of the year because Radcliffe's busy schedule. "I haven't seen her for weeks and I won't even be back for Valentine's Day," he said.

However, Radcliffe is planning to make amends with Coker for missing out on the special date. "I'll be home a few days later, though, so I'll have to make up for lost time.

"I can't wait to see Rosie. I've got three weeks off so we can be together — although I do plan to watch quite a bit of sport on TV." — PTI

star track
Kareena quits Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai 2

Kareena Kapoor
exit point: Kareena Kapoor

Kareena Kapoor has walked out of the sequel to Once Upon a Time In Mumbaai and it is not because of Shahid Kapoor’s inclusion in the movie.

The reasons of her walking out are the uncertainties of the project. All she knew was that her role was based on Mandakini. A source says, “Recently, she asked Balaji to send her a bound script, tell her who the second lead actor is, and give her fixed shooting dates. The production house was unable to do so and so she left the project. She is very busy with her film promotions, shooting, and her wedding preparations. That is why she needs fixed dates for everything because so many factors need to be planned.”

The source continues, “Meanwhile, Kareena has got another offer from a celebrated filmmaker who is not only commercially successful but also critically acclaimed. This film looks better planned than the Balaji one and he is known to change the image of actors by giving them solid roles. Kareena is keen on doing it. She is also busy with Heroine. Her wedding will take place post the release of Agent Vinod in March. Probably, the dates of the sequel to Ouatim were clashing with her wedding and the film was uncertain so she decided to leave it altogether. Kareena has Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu, Talaash, Agent Vinod, and Heroine as her confirmed releases this year. She has to spend time either promoting or shooting these films and she also needs exclusive time to dedicate to her wedding.”

So who will replace Kareena Kapoor? We will know soon!

Mallika Sherawat Rejuvenating bonds

It’s a known fact that Mallika Sherwat’s family disowned her after she decided to pursue her dreams and acting in movies. 

But things seem to have changed between them over the years. Mallika who hails from a very religious background met her grandmother after 10 years. Sherawat who was in Delhi shooting for Kismet Luv Paisa Dilli took some time off from her hectic schedule. “On way to delhi to shoot for Kismet Luv Paisa Dilli, is it very cold there?? Looking forward to meet my beloved grandma after 10years!! feeling nervous and happy”, she updated on her official Twitter page.

Family ties: Mallika Sherawat

Mohit Suri Ashiqui’s fresh faces

Mohit Suri will direct the follow up to blockbuster Aashiqui, titled Aashiqui 2, as of now. The movie will star fresh faces. He says that it is not a sequel or a remake but has been adapted to suit the new generation.

new look: Mohit Suri

Don't need six pack abs to be a good actor: Akshaye Khanna

Akshay Khanna
Born actor: Akshay Khanna

Actor Akshay Khanna says he is not a fitness freak and doesn't understand Bollywood's obsession with six pack abs. Khanna, who has spent more than a decade in the industry, insists having a perfect physique might make for a good appearance on-screen but not for a good actor.

Says Akshay "I don't think to prove yourself as an actor you have to be a fitness freak or have six pack abs. Looks are important when on screen but they are not the priority. I have known people who might not look very good but are fantastic actors.”

He adds, "Appearance does help to an extent but at the end it is only acting that matters. The audience today is smart, they know what they want and if an actor is not able to do justice to the character and portray it convincingly it won't be appreciated by the audience.”

The 36-year-old, who has returned to the big screen after a long gap with Gali Gali Mein Chor Hai, is also famous for his aloof nature but Khanna says he enjoys his privacy too much to care for the limelight.

"I am not the kind of person who likes to stay in constant limelight. I like my own space and enjoy my privacy. Some people get a high out of it (limelight) but I don't. I like to do my work and go back home. If not being in news affects my career then I don't mind. I will give up happily but I cannot change myself." — PTI

Imran Khan Hot wheels!

Imran Khan has joined the prestigious Ferrari club in Bollywood. He owns a Ferrari now and recently got his fancy wheels out to promote Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu. He took Kareena for a ride.

Ferrari freak: Imran Khan

Soha Ali Khan and Kunal Khemu Knot waiting

Soha Ali Khan and Kunal Khemu are in no rush to get married. Kunal is busy with a couple of films right now and news of marriage would shift the attention to his personal life from his films. Soha is fine with waiting.

no rush:
Soha Ali Khan and Kunal Khemu

African Romeo

Neil Nitin Mukesh is currently shooting in South Africa for Shortcut Romeo. In his free time, he takes his bike and goes to explore the mountains. That is fun!

Sonam KapoorNo hard feelings

Sonam Kapoor has clarified that she is not mad at Shahid Kapoor and Punit Malhotra. Sonam was supposed to be a part of Punit’s film but left when Shahid joined the movie. She has no problem not doing the movie.

Calm ONE: Sonam Kapoor

Madhuri DixitFrozen frame

Madhuri Dixit’s wax statue will be unveiled at the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in London on March 7 this year. Her official website will also be launched soon. She joins the likes of Big B, Salman Khan, SRK, and Kareena Kapoor, among others at the prestigious museum.

Wax world: Madhuri Dixit

Dia Mirza and Sahil Sangha Not in a hurry

Dia Mirza will marry her beau Sahil Sangha in 2013. They were planning to tie the knot this year but shifted the date to next year. They have been dating for a couple of years now. How sweet is that!

Next in line:
Dia Mirza and Sahil Sangha

Movie on Katy Perry

Katy Perry
Life story: Katy Perry

Pop star Katy Perry's life is set to be turned into a Hollywood movie although her short-lived marriage to Russell Brand won't be included in it.

The One That Got Away singer, who split from Brand in December, is to be the subject of a biopic by Oscar-winning producer Brian Gazer.

The film will follow Perry's transformation from preachers' daughter to the sex symbol pop star. However, her 14-month marriage to British comedian looks set to be airbrushed out of the film as it is a "sensitive" subject to her religious parents, Keith and Mary Hudson.

Gazer, 60, has produced a string of hit movies including A Beautiful Mind and Apollo 13. — PTI

Brangelina's son taking pilot lessons

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Hollywood couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's son Maddox is taking pilot lessons. Jolie and Pitt are biological parents to five-year-old Shiloh and three-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne. They have also adopted children Maddox, 10, Pax, eight, and Zahara, six.

"Our 10-year-old is taking pilot lessons," a website quoted Pitt as saying. Now only time will tell which career option he would choose—acting or flying! — IANS
All for kids: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

chatter box
Wrap up time

Divyanka TripathiA still from Chinky Aur Ek Badi Si Love Story Buzz is that SAB TV will launch a new show DJ’s A Creative Unit’s I Love my India, starring Imran Khan from February 20 at 8 pm, which indicates that Chintu Chinky Aur Ek Badi Si Love Story might be sent packing. The show starring Rajesh Kumar and Divyanka Tripathi hasn’t delivered up to expectations even after the leap. Let’s see if the channel shifts the show to another time slot or axes it.

A still from Chinky Aur Ek Badi Si Love Story

Divyanka Tripathi

Family discord

UTV Bindass’ Khan Sisters, a simple game of ‘pictionary’ at Nigaar’s home turned bad when Nigaar got upset with Gauahar’s friend and asked her to not come to her place anymore. Gauahar too got upset and stormed out of her sister’s house saying that she does not want to be in her house too. The fight took an ugly turn when Gauahar along with the same friend went house hunting in Mumbai. Are their troubles over? Check the show to find out.

troubled times:
Gauhar Khan

Nishant Malkani Will he, won’t he?

Nishant Malkani who quit Zee’s Ram Milaayi Jodi to pursue films, is being considered for Balaji Telefilms’ new love story on Zee TV. He is also shooting for his first Hindi film. Balaji is in talks with Nishant for the role of a Punjabi boy, which is rumoured to be based on Dilwale Dulhania Le Jaayenge.

on track: Nishant Malkani

In the right company

While the Salman-Shah Rukh Khan war of words goes on, one unlikely name who is enjoying stage performances with both the Khans is firebrand Rakhi Sawant. “Mujhe Rakhi Sawant kya lena-dena kis Khan ka kis Khan se panga hai! Main toh sab ki dost hoon,” Rakhi says with a smile. After doing a phataka act with Sanjay Dutt and Salman Khan in the grand finale of Bigg Boss last month, the gutsy gal went ahead and performed another with SRK and Ranbir Kapoor at the Filmfare Awards. “I’m lucky that I’m getting to work with all the cool dudes of the industry. Mujhe toh bahut mazaa aa raha hai,” Rakhi adds. After telling Sallu that she can do a better Chikni Chameli act than Katrina Kaif, at the Awards night, she tried to convince SRK that she can be better than Kareena Kapoor as Chammak Challo. No doubt, it is sheer guts, energy and entertainment value, which has kept Rakhi going.

playing safe: Rakhi Sawant

Leading from the front...

Rajan Shahi’s Ye Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai is back to being number one on Star Plus with 5.3 TRP. Since three years, the hit show has managed to retain the audience’ interest and be in top 10. But it was Naitik (Karan Mehra) and Akshara’s (Hina Khan) baby boy who brought the good news and put the show back to the top spot.

no. 1 again:
Hina Khan and Karan Mehra

Back in the limelight

Gautami Kapoor Gautami Kapoor will return to acting with Vikram Bhatt’s horror show Haunted Nights on Sahara One. The show starts from February 13 and will have many popular faces in the show. Gautami who took a break due to her kids is eager to be back to the limelight.

on track:
Gautami Kapoor

Astro turf
P Khurrana

ARIES: Romance will be on your mind. Independent efforts are unlikely to bring spectacular gains. You might have to cancel a trip. A minor incident can have dramatic effects. Watch what you speak today. Tarot message: Act righteously and do your duties on time. Be cheerful. Lucky colour: Pink. Magic number: 57

TAURUS: Spiritual values surface. It is the little jobs that you should pay attention to today. Taxation matters will get adjourned. The personal and professional areas of your life might be at odds. Stop compromising with your values. Tarot message: Leave things open ended for best results. Lucky colour: Golden. Magic number: 65

GEMINI: Drivers must take care. A love relationship is revitalised.  Pursuing your romance into the realms of commitment makes for joyous celebrations. A proposal of marriage is high on the list now. Look after your tummy. Tarot message: You need to take things slowly. Lucky colour: Red. Magic number: 30

CANCER: Your card brings joyous news. Share your interests with your family members. Legal matters come to the fore. You need a break from the hectic schedule. Enjoy the unique flavour of your lifestyle and relationships. Tarot message: Try to get rid of negative feelings through love.Lucky colour: Crimson. Magic number: 33

LEO: Check your e-mails before setting out this morning. Your care could make all the differences in their decisions and peace of mind. A lunchtime appointment can go overtime; putting you in trouble at work. Tarot message: Do not swing away from the path you have followed so far. Lucky colour: White Magic number: 61

VIRGO: Be up to date with routine matters. You need to be alert and responsive. Evening time is good for purchasing ornaments. Read a good book at bed time. Romance with a friend can start unexpectedly. Tarot message: Don’t be too certain about obtaining a clearance. Lucky colour: Mauve. Magic number: 44

LIBRA: Focus on spirituality and meditation. You may find that a journey undertaken now is subject to delays. Students: enjoy in the campus. You’ll prefer not to share your thoughts or ideas with others. Tarot message: Win the war with honesty, not by distorting facts. Lucky colour: Saffron. Magic number: 29 

SCORPIO: You will find it difficult to reach an agreement with the loved ones. Family members will be quick tempered and only too willing to criticise you. Someone who was disrespectful towards you may apologise. Tarot message: Delays are the only obstacle in your way to success. Lucky colour: Green. Magic number: 63

SAGITTARIUS: Employment affairs may be somewhat unsatisfactory. Factory owners: You will not be able to get co-operation from labour. Be more open to different ideas and philosophies. Tarot message: Leave the past behind and enjoy the bright present and future. Lucky colour: Yellow. Magic number: 52

CAPRICORN: Be a little cautious about whom you get involved with. Fanciful schemes suggested by friends should be gently but firmly rejected. Early memories can surface, arousing nasty emotions. Tarot message: Handle others carefully don’t antagonise anyone. Lucky colour: Purple. Magic number: 36

AQUARIUS: Business matters will not proceed smoothly. Attempt to improve your health will be successful. An irritating co-worker can push you to your limits. Practice deep breathing and you can maintain your composure. Tarot message: Don’t give up your rights or freedom. Lucky colour: Orange. Magic number: 40

PISCES: It would be wise to keep work & domestic matters distinctly separate. Loss of a job can release you from the bonds of commitment, allowing you to change those things in your life. Tarot message: You are on the right track. Don’t allow others to interfere with your life. Lucky colour: Peach. Magic number: 26

The year ahead
Madan Gupta Spatu

If your birthday is February 8...

This year requires that you apply self-control and discipline in your life. This will help you climb mountains. Your gift is steadfastness, which will result in achievements. For you to achieve this, you will also need to keep patience and to study your family traditions. Then, with your undying charm, you can take care of the new ones. You are sure to take advantage of happy circumstances. Whatever you touch will turn into gold. Your new plans for your organisation will be received by the management with zeal and would like to introduce changes in close consultation with you.

Beware of situations which don't convince you deep down. The stars could hinder your business. Don't risk everything and take decisions calmly. The stars are particularly positive for youngsters of this sign looking for a new job or specializing in a certain field. Although the honest road is rocky and full of problems, but you will have to pay a higher price for an easy path. Once you see that progress is impossible without radical change, you will know that the games you are playing have little effect. You may now go ahead with revamping your home for which you have already seen and earmarked some items. Your mate will be there to help you place things properly, which will add to the beauty of your house. Youngsters will welcome your decision to add a family car to your existing mode of conveyance.

Income increase and investment are probable. Savings won’t be so good. New career opportunities are in store. Some of you may strike money in a lottery or a game of chance. Friends are warm and friendly and you are very much in the mood to spend time with the older and experienced people. You may start to feel deeper ties with some pals near the end of the week. Be alert to avoid gaining weight now. There won’t be any health issues troubling you. You're able to experience heartbreakingly deep moments of intimacy, but know you'll need to pace yourself.

Mood: Sentimental. Compatible signs: Virgo, Pisces, Gemini. Lucky colours: Mauve, Magenta. Lucky days: Thursday. Lucky numbers: 3, 9, 12. 39, 200. Lucky gem: Bloodstone. Lucky flower: Bluebell. Suggestion on birthday: Donate green vegetables or green Moong pulse at a religious place or to needy or poor.

Sophie Choudry (February 8, London) is an Indian singer and a popular MTV VJ. She made her Hindi film debut in David Dhawan's film Shaadi No.1 in which she is paired opposite Zayed Khan. The film also stars Fardeen Khan, Sanjay Dutt, Esha Deol and others. Her future in Bollywood is not very good.

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