One for womanhood
Nakul Singh Sawhney's film, Izzatnaagari Ki Asabhya Betiyaan, raises questions without giving answers
Vasudha Gupta

FOR A CAUSE: Nakul Singh Sawhney

Sometimes it is not a situation but the proximity to a situation that makes you sit back and think. For Nakul Singh Sawhney, it was the case of Gaurav Saini, from Delhi, who married a Jat girl. It wasn't the marriage, but the fact that Monica is a probable victim of honour killing, which guided Nakul's documentary Izzatnaagari Ki Asabhya Betiyaan (The Immoral Daughters in the Land of Honour).

"The research for the documentary began in June 2010, when Gaurav's case was highlighted in the media," he says after conclusion of the screening of the 93-minute film on Saturday. Coming from a younger age group, Nakul was close to the subject of honour killing as much as he was far. "I did have the whole idea in my mind, but wanted to look more objectively at the situation," he shares with us. It was this little flame that has today turned into an exciting fire. It has taken Nakul to the streets of Haryana and brought him face-to-face with several commendable cases of women who have dared to stand up against the norms of an entire society. "It was important for me to go into the depth of the problem and look at it from its beginning," he adds. The result has been a comprehensive documentary, complete with symbolism and understated agitation against the sensitive subject of honour killings.

The reason for choosing the five stories has been plain and simple. "All of the cases in my documentary are honest and real," he says. Seema, one of the most moving protagonists of the documentary, touched Nakul as she is the pioneer of the agitation against the system. "It was Seema's brother and sister-in-law who were the victims of honour killing," he says. Nakul firmly believes that the silent issue of honour killings gathered momentum primarily due to Seema, who is currently fighting the case in the Supreme Court. "Her effort has been vital and those responsible have been forced to take notice," Nakul says. Having faced agitation during the making and the screening of the film, the only thing that Nakul is guided towards is raising questions against the system.

Then of course, there is Mukesh's narrative. "This girl almost became a victim when her family found out about her affair with a non-Jat boy," he says. Mukesh was then beaten up, locked away and also lost her love. In the documentary, she refers to how she also lost the man for whom she was discarded by the family. "Today, she is independent and works for the benefit of women and children," Nakul says.

Apart from those coming from the more constrained backgrounds, Nakul has picked up success stories from urban locations as well. Another protagonist, Geetika, is a PhD student. "I met Anjali, when she was studying for M.Phil. Coming from Haryana, she has made her thesis for PhD a voice against the Khaps," he says.

Nakul has been visibly impressed with the youngest of the lot — Geetika. "She is still studying in college and co-directing plays on honour killings," he says. Her scene in the documentary - where she is shown knocking a turban, which symbolises male ego — is truly the highlight.

For this graduate from Film Technology Institute of India, the movie has gone a full circle. "My research started from Delhi, brought me to Chandigarh and took me to Kaithal," he smiles. "On Sunday, my movie will be screened in Kaithal," he adds. His conviction, he says, came from the immense energy of his protagonists.

The unflinching voice
Bollywood singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya, in Chandigarh for the Rose Festival, says singing in reality shows is way different from singing for movies
Jasmine Singh

voice over: Abhijeet Bhattacharya

Jimi Hendrix, the greatest guitarist in the music industry, apart from coming with interesting ‘on stage gigs’ of burning his guitar, playing it with his teeth; came up with an interesting one-liner for singers – ‘you don’t have to be singing about love all the time.’ Meeting with popular Bollywood singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya, we realised Jimi Hendrix wasn’t a ‘nut’ to have said that.

Abhijeet is not singing love songs all the way, but he sure loves his songs! He is in fact singing a different genre these days and we let him play it for us all along. In Chandigarh to perform at the Rose Festival, we catch Abhijeet on a different note.

“I am planning to start a workshop in Mumbai, which will groom singers; those who want to be good and for those who are already good. It will be more of brushing their skill,” says the singer who won the Filmfare Best Playback Singer Award for the movie Yes Boss in 1997. More comes on the workshop he plans for Mumbai. “It will be something like if any music composer would have to look for a good singer; he would simply come up at this workshop. It is not about giving opportunity to singers, but about grooming those who can already sing.”

Looks like there is hope for the contestants of various singing reality shows who cannot catch the right notes in the music industry! “Television reality show people are not the ones who make films. Bollywood is a totally different industry, so it is not right to connect them in any which way. These are singing reality shows, where contestants come, sing and go,” he has a clear take on it.

Seeing and observing him speak, we could see a flash of many actors he has lent his voice to — Anil Kapoor, Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Bobby Deol, Mithun Chakraborty, to name a few. “To be honest, no singer’s voice matches the actor. It is the duty of the singer to bring it to the level wherein it looks good on the actor. My voice suits only stars because it has some star material. However, these days everybody is singing whether or not their voice suits them or not.”

We are not surprised; Abhijeet is one playback singer who is known to speak his heart out, always. “Music directors are not making songs these days, they are making tracks which either they fill with a singer’s voice or with an instrument — guitar or saxophone. It is something like they have prepared one mould and each one is cashing-in on the same thing. There is nothing like a singer singing the entire film’s songs; that was long back and if it comes back, it will come with us,” he says. Startled! Abhijeet just validated his speaking his heart out habit. Rest, he still plays on!

The fall girl

Freida Pinto admits that it's not all smooth sailing for her in the world of showbiz and she isn't always up to the fame game. Although she won fame four years ago in Danny Boyle's Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire, the actress has been criticised at every turn for her artistic choices.

Despite working with the Indian director Singh and playing Indian girls in both Slumdog Millionaire and Michael Winterbottom's Trishna, Pinto apparently still doesn't qualify for Bollywood status.

Anxious to correct that perception, in November she hosted a private dinner for Bollywood directors in Mumbai at which guests included the influential film-makers Vishal Bhardwaj, Abbas Tyrewala and Anubhav Sinha. — ANI

Cooking up magic
In Ludhiana, Chef Sanjeev Kapoor says he wants to increase awareness about the problems of autistic children in the country
Gurvinder Singh

He introduced to the Indian kitchen the joy of cooking, creating new recipes and experimenting with the existing ones. Chef Sanjeev Kapoor gave a new meaning to Indian cuisine with a genial smile and culinary genius.

In Ludhiana on a visit to his franchise restaurant, Yellow Chillies, on Friday, he says, "In those times when cookery shows were not very popular, I worked hard to carve a niche for myself." As for his mass appeal, "it is the respect you give to people when you talk with them that makes you a part of them."

When he was in New Zealand during the late eighties, business was slow for the Indian restaurant that he worked for in Wellington. Therefore, he struck a deal with the restaurant owner and started cookery classes

during his free time. "These not only became popular, but also generated more business for us. So much so that we opened another restaurant as partners," he says.

Sharing another instance, he narrates that being a dabbler with percussion, he started playing drums every week at the restaurant and the place soon became popular for everyday jam sessions, which helped garner more business as well. "While teaching you understand what people want," he shares the secret with us.

Handling both business and cooking with equal ease, he says, "It is part of life and I enjoy both." Despite heading several restaurant-chains, he is still the last person to leave his office even now. Sanjeev says that there is an uncanny connection between cookery and music, as most of the top singers not only like good food but also like to cook. "Due of this, many musicians are my friends," he smiles.

"Hariharan once told me that I have a good ear for music and could learn to sing, which I did after the initial hesitation. I can now sing," he says. Sanjeev has even recorded a single titled 'Life Mein Tadka', which depicts the story of a woman for whom food brings joy from a jaded life. "I am also trying my hands on guitar and drums," he says.

Sanjeev wants to increase awareness about the problems of autistic children in the country. He also participated in Mumbai marathon to raise funds for them.

Fun and roses
Jasmine Singh

The festivity of colours continues on the second day of the Rose Festival at Sector-16. More people, more youngsters, more games for kids and a lot of roses. A perfect Saturday afternoon spent at the Rose Festival is definitely no regrets. We overhear an elderly man explaining the scientific names of various flowers, the best bloom time and how one gets full bloom roses in the garden to the kids.

This definitely was the day of the kids. Joyrides and swings, thankfully there exists a world away from playstations as well. Neeta Sachin Sakluja, a homemaker from Panchkula, made a special effort to bring her kids to the festival. “They will not understand the whole idea of the festival, but I would still want them to see roses, and see how they react to it.”

Neeta is not alone in this ‘effort’ to pull their kids away from the television sets. Harminder Sandhu, a father of a six year old, is thankful for the rose festival.

Balancing act
Punjabi singer-turned-actor Amrinder Gill is comfortable in both the worlds
Jasmine Singh

on a high: Amrinder Gill 

Will the real Amrinder Gill please stand up? We have two personalities here, a prolific singer who has come a long way from being an introvert, and a stylish actor who has developed a fabulous equation with the camera. Which one are we dealing with today?

“Both. I am a singer actor and an actor singer,” smiles Punjabi actor and singer Amrinder Gill who will perform at the Rose Festival.

So, we believe it is both, the actor and singer, is in conversation with us. “I am a singer first who fell in love with another creative work called acting. And now I balance both,” shares Amrinder who will be soon seen in an upcoming Punjabi movie Taur Mitran Di.

So are we going to see more of the actor? “I am glad the audiences and my directors have liked me as an actor. But the singer in me is alive and thumping and it gets into action every now and then,” he says. Something more from the actor, “Punjabi cinema is going through an encouraging phase. Lastly, singers are getting an opportunity to explore their acting talent as well.”

High Spirits
Absolut melona
Sunny Chopra

A fresh concoction of watermelon and mint; served fresh with melon balls and mint garnish.

Ingredients  Vodka:45ml 


Mint:10 gm 

Watermelon juice:45ml 

Shake all the ingredients together in a Boston shaker. Strain the mixture and put it in a cocktail glass. Garnish with melon balls and serve immediately. Can be done with another fresh fruit, and it’s sugar-free cocktail.

(Chopra is a mixologist and bar manager at Hotel Marriot)

A hormone for love

Just how long a relationship will last can be predicted by the amount of “love hormone” in the bloodstream of a newly smitten person, a new study has claimed.

For the study, researchers measured levels of oxytocin in people who had recently begun relationships. Six months later, the couples with the higher levels of oxytocin tended to still be together, while the others had split. —ANI

Silver moments
When a couple completes a quarter of a century of conjugal bliss, the celebration gets as grand as it can get…
Sabia Talwar

A wedding is once-in-a-lifetime occasion where one arranges for the top-most venue, the finest set-up with a designer décor, high-end designer attires, sumptuous food and invitation to almost everyone one knows. And when it’s about celebrating twenty-five years of marriage, one does not need to be a genius to guess how lavish the celebrations can get.

Going by the latest trend in the tri-city, the affair can get as extravagant as it can! Plush venues with valet parking service and over-the-top arrangements with abundance of floral and candle decorations, is almost a given. Bars that have the finest collection of alcoholic drinks, mouth-watering appetisers, main-course cuisines and desserts; live performances by artistes…you name it and it’s all there!

“We recently celebrated our 25th anniversary and invited our family as well as close friends for the occasion. I think it is the first major celebration after one’s marriage, so a grand party is a must,” echo Anil and Neena Talwar from Chandigarh. The theme was based on a Christian wedding. “I wore a white saree and my husband sported a black suit,” says Neena. The décor was in the combination of black and white, where on one hand there were white candles and black beans on the floor at the entrance, on the other was a frame with white roses and net. The black backdrop added to the overall ambience.

Ditto for Ritu and Sanjeev Mahajan from Chandigarh, who celebrated twenty-five years of their marriage in a very special manner, “I wanted our day to be celebrated differently, so we invited all our near and dear ones. The décor was in the shades of white, silver and red with loads of flowers and candles spread around the venue,” says Ritu. While Ritu was wearing an Indo-Western dress in navy blue, red and beige colours, Sanjeev wore a bandhgala coat and trousers.

Ranju and Pawan Mittal dreamt of celebrating this day ever since they got married. Says Ranju, “We celebrated with our close ones at Hotel Bella Vista in Panchkula.

Although we wanted to book Hotel Mount View, the original venue of our wedding, due to the marriage season we could not do so.” They had a gala time and danced to romantic numbers amidst the white and silver decoration.

No wonder Mark Twain once said: “Love seems the swiftest, but it is the slowest of all growths. No man or woman really knows what perfect love is until they have been married a quarter of a century.”

Driving the stars

Ever wondered what goes on in the back seats of those Hollywood limousines stuffed with A-list stars as they pull up to Oscar's glitzy red carpet? Is champagne flowing? Sometimes. Are diamonds dripping? Likely. Are gowns and tuxedos ready for TV? Mmmm, it pays to have a needle and thread handy. Chris Hundley, owner of Los Angeles-based Limo Connection, knows only too well what goes on inside the chariots of the stars during the trips to and from the world's top film honours.

Hundley founded his company in 1978 and has driven the likes of Burt Reynolds, Goldie Hawn and Kevin Costner to the Oscars. "All class acts, who make you feel like you're old friends," said Hundley. He has also had his fair share of nightmare celebrities, but in true Hollywood style, Hundley isn't naming anyone. "We all sign strict confidentiality agreements, but I can tell you the biggest problem is when they're totally unprepared and late," he said. "We arrive to pick them up and they're not even home — and the show starts in an hour or so." And he keeps all his cars stocked with sewing kits in case of an emergency. "A lot of those gowns weren't designed to be worn sitting down," he said. "We're always prepared." — Reuters

Class apart

The Triveni Sangeet Sabha, in collaboration with the Department of Cultural Affairs, UT Administration, is organising a concert by sitarist Saeed Zaffar Khan of Delhi gharana. He will be accompanied by his son Sohal Saeed Khan.

Saeed Zafar Khan was born in a home where his cradle was literally surrounded by stalwarts of the Delhi gharana like the Ustad Chand Khan, Ustad Usman Khan, Ustad Hilal Ahmed Khan and Ustad Nasir Ahmed Khan (all vocalists), Ustad Bundukhan (sarangi player), Zahoor Ahmed Khan (violinist) and Ustad Zafar Ahmed Khan (sitarist), the last being his father.

So instead of the usual lullabies, baby Saeed would hear khayals and gats, and learnt melody and rhythm before his mother–tongue. In such a concentrate of musical heredity and environment, it was but natural that Saeed should crystallise as a gem of a sitarist. Naturally too, his style blends tantrakari (instrumental virtuosity) with flashes of Delhi gharana gayaki (vocalism).

Tunefulness, tonality, rhythmic patterns and raagdari (treatment of the raag) all go together to make Saeed Zafar Khan’s performances highly appealing. An ‘A’ class artist from AIR, he has regaled audiences in numerous concerts both at home and abroad several times. —TNS

Star track
Quick take with Bipasha
Her first romantic comedy Jodi Breakers released on Friday. Here is a rapid fire round with Bipasha Basu on love and romance

Naughty note

I've started the year on a naughty note. Players was a negative role, but I don't think Jodi Breakers is. It's a romantic comedy; we're not against love or romance. We only help unhappy couples break-up. It is a fun concept.

Friends with exes

It depends on the person and your relationship with them. I am great friends with Dino Morea and Milind Soman, both my exes. It depends on the reasons of your break-up.

Single & happy

I am not saying be single forever but enjoy it while it lasts. I feel free. I am socialising more and seeing a different side of the world and people. I get more time to myself. I haven’t been single since the age of 15. I feel like a teenager today. I am very enthusiastic about life.

Meeting guys

I am meeting interesting guys and going out with them. I cannot say I am dating because it is a frivolous word and I am a serious person. I like enjoying life and I like having fun. I used to be open about my relationship status but now I have decided to be guarded about it as it is better that way.


It is okay if I am linked with my single male friends by the media. I get furious if I am linked with committed or married men. That is unfair. I am a very honest person. I openly talk about my feelings. That is just me!

Comfort zone

I like the usual sense of humour, maturity, and chivalry. Of course, I enjoy male attention and am comfortable with guys. Many guys have me as their buddy and they trust me with their secrets. Infidelity is not acceptable.






Tanushree’s spiritual journey
Tanushree Dutta loves to travel. The actress shares her experience of her recent trip to Kailash-Mansarowar

Finding self: Tanushree Dutta

I travel a lot. I have travelled to so many places around the world, but, there is something special about Kailash-Mansarowar. 

Kailash is considered to be a sacred place and Lord Shiva’s devotees visit Kailash from all over the world. The place has a different vibe to it. I went with a group of 150 people and the trip was a part of Isha Yoga Centre, under the guidance of Shri Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev. It was a mixture of a spiritual journey as well as an adventure for me. We went there via Delhi-Kathmandu-Tibet road. You must carry a valid passport to enter Tibet and you need a visa too. So, make sure you have your documents in order. 

We stayed in Kathmandu for two nights and that was enough time to visit its famous temples. We then drove to Mansarowar and on the way we stayed at Nyalam, Saga and Paryang. You need at least 15 days to make this trip worthwhile. From food to stay, it’s best to have everything pre-arranged. We were on a strict diet for spiritual purposes, but we did sample local cuisines whenever we could. The place is at a high altitude so it’s very important that you eat hot food. 

There are some places where you won’t find anything and you will have to stay in tents. We didn’t have toilets and there were no bushes we could hide behind either. Moreover, the cold temperature makes it even harder to go out in the open. Because of the high altitude you’re supposed to drink a lot of water, but if we drank a lot we would often want to use the toilet. We used to laugh about our predicament. Mansarowar was a little freakish though. It was funny (and strange) how all of us would wake up exactly at 2 am and find each other awake in the tent. Some people used to even hear voices outside. Kailash, on the other hand, was very sacred and calming. 

We went on treks to Diraphuk but not the whole of Kailash Parikrama as many people do. Because of the high altitude, the treks are even more difficult. So, don’t push yourself and hire a pony instead. This kind of trip should always be made in a group. The more the merrier and safer it is. Some people fell sick during the trip and it was only the medical experts in our group who stopped it from getting worse. So, have at least one professional medical expert who knows how to deal with health issues at such extreme altitudes and temperatures. 

For years yogis have walked up to Kailash Parbat to do their sandhana and we too meditated there. The place has some sort of mystical energy. This trip had a profound effect on my mind and body. It’s definitely worth a visit.






Sunny’s guardian angel


Protective instinct: Mahesh Bhatt

Sunny Leone, the famous Indo-Canadian porn star, whose claim to fame in India was Big Boss 5, is now very much part of Bollywood fraternity. Mahesh Bhatt, known for his keen eye for fresh faces, noticed Sunny on the show and now the sensuous woman will be making her Bollywood debut in Mahesh Bhatt's Jism 2.

Sunny Leone has also found a fan in ace director Ram Gopal Verma, who wants to cast her in his movie as well. Expressing this desire to her so called ‘guardian’ Mahesh Bhatt, RGV was requested to go ahead, but on two conditions, that his movie is released only after Jism 2, and to give an equally sensuous role to Sunny in his movie. Sources found out that RGV has not taken Bhatt’s demands kindly, and is extremely annoyed with the Bhatt camp.

Looks like Mahesh is definitely looking after Sunny Leone’s best interests. After all, she is his discovery!


Chatter box
New look for Taarak Mehta…

A still from Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah
A still from Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah

Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah on Sab TV is undergoing changes as the Gokuldham society in the show is being re-painted.

The producers wanted to change the set of the show too and will soon reveal the new look for the hit show.

They plan to make some structural changes in the sets too.


Gurmeet and Debina Choudhary

Celebration time

Recently, Gurmeet Choudhary celebrated his birthday with pomp and show with his wife Debina. He had reasons to celebrate as his new show, Punar Vivah, went on air on Zee TV and his wedding anniversary too was around the corner.

Eijaz in the grey zone

After a hiatus, Eijaz Khan comes back to TV in a new avatar–a grey character in Sony’s new show Shubh Vivaah. He talks about his role, his tattoos and films

Why did you choose this character?

Nothing exciting came to me but when Shubh Vivaah was offered I knew I had to do it. The role of Amrit is of a grey character, who is manipulative and street-smart. He can get his work done from anyone, which was challenging and exciting.

What do you like about him?

I like everything about him. I don’t think any person is entirely black or white. We all have flaws and I am looking forward to reactions of people as I have always played a positive role. This will be a challenge for me.

How do you look back on Tanu Weds Manu?

It was a wonderful experience and it got me noticed. Till date I meet people who think I am a sardar. It is amazing and amusing. The role of a loud sardar was fun to do and I look forward to better roles in films. 

What films are you working on?

I have Zilla Ghaziabad with Vivek Oberoi. I got to do some cool stunts in the film. The film is about a group of young men who are carefree but something drastic happens and they have to take up arms. There are other projects but I will talk about them when the time comes.

How was it shooting in Agra?

Agra and Vrindavan are known for their historic and mythological history. The people are wonderful and made us feel welcome and helped us in the shoot. In the show, I talk with an accent and it was helpful to hear the local people talking as it honed my skill too.

What do you think of the new kind of shows on Sony?

Nobody wants to make the so-called regressive saas bahu soaps but the bottomline is it works. People watch happily and actors act happily as it works. Otherwise actors can act in a normal fashion and not be over-the-top. Sony has brought this new fresh narrative wherein the stories are real and that is why they are working.

You have a fascination for tattoos…

Yes, I have five tattoos. Two are ambigrams of words ‘Khan’ and ‘Respect’ but they are for me and I don’t want to show them to the world.


Pooja Gor

Pooja Gor injured 

Pooja Gor aka Pratigya of Star Plus’ show Mann Ki Awaaz Pratigya got injured on the set. She twisted her ankle when her foot got stuck in a gap on the floor.

She had to get an X-ray done and take rest. Thankfully her injury wasn’t serious. The entire cast and crew made her comfortable while shooting.

Rajan’s big show

News maker: Rajan Shahi

Newly-launched channel Life Ok made space for Rajan Shahi’s big show Amrit Manthan by shifting two shows, Smile Please to a later time slot and giving Tum Dena Saath Mera break for a week. Unlike other shows on Life Ok, Amrit Manthan will air for 40 minutes next week when it launches and later will switch to 20 minute telecast.

Maninee’s new role

After Apurva Agnihotri, Ojaswi Oberoi, Monica Khanna, Siddhant Karnick, Aham Sharma and Mouli Ganguly, now Maninee Mihir Mishra, last seen in Chhoti Si Zindagi and Rajesh Khera of Survivor India, too will join Asmaan Ke Aage on Life OK. The show will be a dance-based reality show.

Astro turf
P Khurrana

ARIES: Don’t make hasty decisions regarding family matters. A younger member in the family will offer you a valuable advice. Defer a short journey. Home renovations or business plans can be reassessed. Tarot message: Don’t try to complete a project at one go. Lucky colour: Grey Magic number: 33

TAURUS: A dispute over some small issue is possible at your workplace. Heavy expenses will make you frustrated. Mixed trends will prevail throughout the day. Teamwork is to your advantage. Tarot message: You gain by being practical; don’t be emotional. Lucky colour: Green Magic number: 48

GEMINI: Take proper care of your diet. Love life will be exciting. A friend of same sex may be helpful. Financial matters may come under strain. There is potential for 
future growth.
Tarot message: Do what is right and watch your best interests. Lucky colour: Yellow Magic number: 56

CANCER: Make good use of the morning, and you will be well prepared for the rest of the day. Personal relations may be neglected. Cine artistes or players will be in the limelight. Tarot message: Delays are the only obstacle in your way to success. Lucky colour: Black Magic number: 38

LEO: The card Six of Wands will give you extra rewards. Try to keep your schedule varied and flexible. A female coworker could be jealous of your achievements. Tarot message: Empty promises are certain, therefore try to put your terms and conditions in writing. Lucky colour: Red Magic number: 40

VIRGO: Your card the Judgment gives you strength and a strong vision. Communication over legal matters, travel plans and education will be held up or postponed. Avoid romantic entanglements. Tarot message: Beware of empty promises. Lucky colour: Crimson Magic number: 33

LIBRA: Today you will have difficulty in getting along with associates. Professional responsibilities will place demands on your time. Those in authority, especially women, may play an important role. Tarot message: Use careful judgment in handling issues involving property. Lucky colour: Orange. Magic number: 44

SCORPIO: Health needs some care. Do not be in a hurry to get financial plans underway. You might be able to do yourself a bit of good with the help of influential people. Stay at home and relax. Tarot message: Plan your life to avoid the in-built delays that come your way. Lucky colour: Beige Magic number: 59

SAGITTARIUS: Today you are likely to spend money on astrology or philosophical books. Agreement made today can be valuable to you. Later in the day you should be able to get your ideas for home improvement. Tarot message: You find within yourself a fountainhead of a will power. Lucky colour: Teal Magic number: 63

CAPRICORN: The day starts with smiles and cheers. Business affairs are under control. Friends are pleasant but not particularly significant. Sportsmen may feel lazy. You will glow and your self-esteem will grow. Tarot message: Take responsibility for your own action. Lucky colour: Blue Magic number: 26

AQUARIUS: An auspicious day for biz-folk. Meeting new people will bring delightful opportunity for romance. Property deal comes to the fore. Social interaction will do you good. Try to think before you act. Tarot message: You shall prevent a lot of trouble by taking timely action. Lucky colour: Violet Magic number: 54

PISCES: Avoid speculation today. The married will enjoy a pleasantly romantic time at home. Social life and political activity will bring recognition. The focus will be on personal and business partnerships today. Tarot message: Don’t reveal your plans to your competitors. Lucky colour: Rust Magic number: 40

The year ahead
Madan Gupta Spatu

If your birthday is February 26...

Everything will go on smoothly albeit step by step, so don't worry about anything. Act sensibly and do not make a scene.

If in the creative field, you project quite a glamourous image, which makes it easy to attract romance. Nourishment of your body and soul are equally important and profoundly correlated to one another. Therefore, pay great attention to your diet.

No matter where you are you create an atmosphere of peace and harmony. You know how to bring out the best in people, whether it's a group of colleagues or a team of volunteers. Your diplomatic gifts are invaluable and can be used to increase productivity and improve morale.

Your desire to make a fresh start, to take the initiative is powerful right now. Your physical energy, will, and courage are intensified. Unless you channel your abundant energy into decisive action or vigourous work, accidents, anger, and irritability are likely at this time. Put in some overtime, you can easily do the work. Then when this time period is finished, you can enjoy the extra income you'll earn.

Business will be profitable; you will procure orders as May starts.   Don't get too entrenched in the plan; a shift is indicated. You'll be able to improve your financial situation and make this an easier phase by having the right attitude. Your spontaneity will be your forte if you work in a team. You'll be able to comfort others and be of great help to all co-workers. You will know you have become too predictable when you realise that everyone knows your next move. It’s time to get back to where you belong.  There is a time for work.  There is a time for play.  If you try to mix the two, you will create a lot of trouble.  If your old methods no longer work, try something completely different. 

Those married can plan a brief holiday with their spouse. It will be an enjoyable trip. It is quite possible that your expenditure may be on the higher side. Love and romance will brighten your dull routine, which had kept you in low spirits for some time and youngsters can look forward to an enjoyable vacation. Unexpected funds from unusual sources may be forthcoming. If you work conscientiously even under the most difficult circumstances, you will achieve your objectives. The stability at work will be achieved after a great deal of hard work.

Mood: Cautious at times. Compatible signs: Taurus, Virgo, Leo. Lucky colours: Rosy Brown, Magenta

Lucky days: Saturday. Lucky numbers: 4, 5, 16, 19, 45. Lucky gem: Zircon. Lucky flower: Brahma Kamal. Suggestion on birthday: Donate flour at a religious place and offer water to the Sun.

Pankaj Kapoor (February 26, 1961, Ludhiana) has appeared in several television serials and films. He became a household name through his TV series Karamchand and recently in Office Office, a comic satire on prevalent corruption. Bollywood actor Shahid Kapoor is Pankaj's son by his first wife Neelima Azeem. In 1984, Pankaj married Supriya Pathak; they have a son and a daughter. Pankaj will continue to entertain for a very long time.

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