Of focus and minimalism
According to eminent artist Shobha Broota, in Chandigarh at the invitation of Artscapes, the journey of art opens many doors and each artist takes a different direction guided by his or her sensibilities and sensitivity
Nonika Singh
Shobha Broota
art wise: Shobha Broota

Gentle and genteel, like the art works she creates, there is meditative quality about her being. One of India's significant artists, Shobha Broota's persona is as simple as her art is clutter free. In Chandigarh to judge the art works for an exhibition to be organised by Artscapes, Shobha shares how she arrived at her engaging vocabulary that is at once minimalistic and profound.

Says she, "The starting point of all artists is the same. Thereafter our individual search for our own selves takes us in different directions." Thus she an alumnus of Delhi College of Art, may have started with figurative works soon she moved towards abstraction.

Faced with the all nagging query "what next?", her forms became simpler and simpler till she zeroed down on a dot and a line. Smiles she, recalling those days and adds, "As I was perplexed where can I go from a dot…. out gushed images like a torrent, as if a fountainhead of energy had been burst open." The world of critics called it Tantra art, a description with which she neither disagrees nor dismisses completely.

She reasons, "It's not for an artist to describe his or own work. An artist's responsibility begins and ends with giving an image. It's for other to decipher it." Of course, she contends, "If Tantra is about focus, so is my art. Hence, it's not completely erroneous."

At the end of the day, however, she is adamant that all art is about expression. To further enhance her language and to delve deep she uses new mediums. Wool and thread, she is particularly fond of, for she enjoys its tactile feel as well as visual appeal. Besides, it's been a long time since she has used a brush. With the wonder of discovery beaming in her eyes, she reveals that she throws colours on the canvas with her fingers. She adds, "It's this technique that adds resonance to my lines."

Always open to experimentation, this mother of talented artist Pooja Iranna, who works in a host of interesting mediums like staple pins, digital et al, Shobha doesn't rubbish the dynamic new visual language of young contemporary artists of today.

And out of constant evolution and revaluation emerges an artist's language. She asserts, "It's not just an artist who is searching. Every human being's quest helps him change and grow. We all are like rivers whose water can't flow backwards." And if pandering to the demands of buyers and the market an artist gets caught in a cesspool of stagnation he or she will never be happy. And if happiness and realising one's inner self is not one's rationale she feels there is no point becoming an artist. Of course, her process of creativity not only unlocks the gateway to the real self within her but also makes others participants in the mystery of creation, joy and tranquillity.

Rat race in art

When Shobha Broota stepped into the world of art, there was no art market. Today, as art prices have touched sky, she doesn't think that the struggle of young contemporary artists is any less. She reasons, "For us art was not a marketable product and we simply painted and exhibited. Today it's a race where price tags matter." However, she feels that a real artist will always listen to his or her creative voice and not be swayed by market considerations.

Joy of teaching

Shobha Broota not only taught at Triveni Kala Sangam for decades but even today she takes great pride and joy in teaching students from her studio. An extremely busy artist who is constantly showing in India and abroad, how does she find time? She replies, "It's all a question of attitude." So are her students tempted to copy her? Says she, "Not at all. Yet at the same time I don't restrict them from not taking anything from me. After all we all need to imbibe from our superiors."

Lone ranger
Paramvir Chatwal is the First Sikh cowboy breaking social barriers worldwide
Jasmine Singh

Don't we subconsciously appreciate people who do something different like breaking stereotypes? Don't we wonder what it takes to flow in the opposite direction, to build an opinion contrary to the popular one? Probably a lot. Someone like Paramvir Chatwal the first Sikh cowboy and one of the worlds finest through breeder of horses will have a lot to quote.

Born and bred in Chandigarh, Paramvir is presently researching on Anglo Sikh history in England for the last seven years. When it comes talking to breaking stereotypes, nothing is done is deliberately to prove a point. "I have nothing to prove to others, I do what I feel like and what pleases my heart," he says. Visiting his parents in Chandigrah Paramvir has stories to share, but we are hooked on to the word 'cowboy'. The only ones that we have seen are in Hollywood movies. Her laughs, "something like it." What intrigues more is what made him chose to be a cowboy of all things. "This is exactly what I call breaking barriers created by us. I did my International Equine management course from Kentucky and interned at Lanes End Farm of William Parish. I would move around with the local community, and like they say when in Rome do like the Romans do I started taking part in off competitions. Later I went on to win Calligary Stampede World championship, which gained me popularity," Paramvir is in no mood to be interrupted. "In the western world where a turban sikh is generally mistaken for a terrorist this was a big thing for me. So, I am the first sikh to rodeo (Competitive sport which arose out of the working practices of cattle herding in Spain, Mexico, and later the United States, Canada, South America and Australia.) virtually."

Paramvir is now master of this sport along with the other thing that he does with passion and very professionally - breeding horses of thorough breed. "I spend a lot of time travelling to Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and England understanding the thorough bred market," adds Paramvir whose name was short listed to carry Olympic flame.

In fact, Paramvir is not the only one from his family to do something different. His great grandfather Major Sher Singh served the British army with the second cavalry of Punjab Frontier force. He was also awarded CIE (most eminent order of companions of Indian empire) at the Golden Jubliee celebrations of Queen Victoria. "I am grateful to my parents for allowing me to pursue whatever I have wanted to. I believe, I doing what I want to rather than how people expect me to be. This is the success mantra of life," he adds.


Dream run
There are not many who get to live their dream, city bred actor Sahil Anand has...

Playing parallel lead in Karan Johar's Student of the Year, Sahil, in Chandigarh for Holi break is in awe of his director, "Words 'excellent' or 'brilliant' do not describe Karan Johar well. I am at loss of words on how to express."

Shooting around the country, in Mumbai, Delhi, Shimla, Mussoorie and Srinagar, Sahil is inspired hugely by Karan Johar, "Karan leads by example. Not only is he the first one to report on the sets, but is meticulous in his job."

Shooting is hectic but locations have proved to be a boon. Says Sahil, "We get to travel for shooting which is great. Srinagar is indeed a heaven on earth. I would go there for every holiday given an opportunity."

Story of Student of the Year revolves around six friends. And, Sahil is in the company of likes of Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan and Keyoze Irani. He says on the equation on the sets, "Since we all are debuting with this movie, we share close bonhomie. They certainly have an edge over me for their parents are from the industry, but so far it's going good."

Sahil, who plays a Punjabi stud is enjoying his act. "My character has some humourous streak." And, growing from here I want to make it big in Punjabi industry," says Sahil off to foreign locales to resume shooting for Student of the Year after a happening, happy break with his family.

Move with the flow
Sherif, winner of Prabhudeva’s dance reality show connects people through his dance
Jasmine Singh
Jazz it up: Sherif (In Green) shows some dance moves
Jazz it up: Sherif (In Green) shows some dance moves

He can take the shape of a bowl if you happen to put him in it. This is what dancer actor Prabhudeva's fans have to say about the flexibility of his body giving dance a complete new jerk, we mean a new meaning. Now before you put yourself in a bowl, hear it from Sherif, dance guru from Tamil Nadu who will give you a much simpler trick for dancing. "Don't be conscious of anything around. Just flow with the music without trying much, and enjoy it. This is what dance is all about," he says.

In Chandigarh as a part of 7UP, Dil Bole I feel Up celebrating undying Uptismism and positive campaign, Sherif will be going to seven cities in India to find out what keeps the people 'UP'. "For me it is dance," says Sherif, winner of Prabhudeva's dance reality show. "I did not learn dance from anywhere, all I know is that I move to the beat of music. I turned a professional dancer in 2003 and thereafter took part in Prabhudeva's dance reality show and became a winner."

Drop the name Prabhudeva and the image of a lanky bearded man dancing to Urvashi hits the frame of mind. We wonder, what makes people down South such amazing dancers. Laughs Sherif, "It is not about being from South or North, dance is a movement that anyone can master that. I have seen some great dancers in North as well. There is a slight difference in the dance form though but the passion and zest with which people pursue dancing is amazing," he adds.

Sherif is inspired by none other than Hrithik Roshan when it comes to picking his favourite dancing star in Bollywood. "Hrithik has got a muscular body, and despite that he moves effortlessly. This is what dancing is about," says this choreographer who is also acting in a Tamil movie. Sherif believes dance can be a good stress buster and it can keep the mind healthy and fresh.

"I travel a lot, so, wherever I go I pick different dance styles, which enriches my experience in dancing. I want to share my experiences with people," he smiles breaking into a jazz move.

Straight from the heart

Five commandments: Gul Panag

Gul Panag is a talented actress. And she is different from the lot. Her resume boasts of memorable films such as Dor, Dhoop, Manorama Six Feet Under, and Rann. She is happily married now. She talks about keeping her personal life private and not being in the news every other day.

1 I do not want to be seen in the papers everyday because then people will not take me seriously. I do not see the point in being in the news if it is not for my movies or to generate interest for my social work. I am on social networking platforms and I know how to grab headlines but I do not do it.

2 I do a lot of social work but if people read frivolous things about me, such as about my new boyfriend, my new clothes, or my new car, they will not have faith in me. All my social work will be trivialised. I want to be known as an actor and for my social work, not for my changing beaus or sense of style.

3I think if you are good at your work, you will be noticed. I don’t believe in PR which is why I am not in the news all the time. There are people who do not have concrete work but you read something or the other about them every other day. I think that is silly. I have a life and I would like to keep it that way.

4 I want to do interesting roles. If I sit at home and cry that I am not doing a film with SRK, that makes no sense. I have to make the best of the films that come my way. There is little choice. I am writing a script for myself. I also want to play characters that are very different from the person that I am.

5 I do not like being tagged in any category. People say I do not do commercial films. I think there are good movies and bad movies. If a movie makes money, it is commercially viable, otherwise it is not.

Twitter vacation for Priyanka

Priyanka Chopra has gone on a Twitter vacation, making fans wait for her return to the micro blogging site. Before leaving, the 29-year-old took to her account to tell everyone that she was taking a break.

“Got some news!! I am off on a twitter vacations…just for a bit…so for all bdays exams and anniversaries ….lots a love…and remember ur truth makes u who u r….Love n hugs guys….will miss ya’all!! C u soon…” she wrote. — ANI

Three cheers to holiday

After Jodi Breakers, Ranganathan Madhavan has decided to go on a 6 month sabbatical. “I finally got done with the ad shoots and I’m on a sabbatical for the next 6 months. I am finally taking a break after 12 years. Am off for that much delayed and much deserved sabbatical,” he says.

The reason being Madhavan’s poor health. He was also rumoured to be in Hindi remake of Tamil film Vattai starring Shahid Kapoor. But he says he hasn’t signed any film yet. “I have not confirmed any film now. I have to get my knee treated first and get back in super shape and then I will decide,” he adds. We wish Maddy a speedy recovery!

Break even: R Madhavan 

Quality over quantity

While he tasted success in the initial days with films like Hera Pheri and Garam Masala, his latest comic releases like Thank You and Action Replayy bombed at the box-office. “I had a bad year. There were many things which went wrong last year. I chose some bad scripts and eventually all the films didn’t do well at the box-office,” he said.

The Khiladi star, who has always enthralled the audience with his breathtaking stunts be it in films or on TV, said he is happy with the way action has evolved in the last decade.

“There is a sea change in the action genre. Earlier, only a handfull of stars who used to do action films. Now, almost all the actors are trying their lucks in action. New technologies have been introduced and a lot of money is being spent on it,” he said.

Akshay is gearing up for the upcoming multistarrer Housefull 2, which has has got more actors on board as compared to the first film.

He is playing a mischievous guy called Jolly One and his character is a comic inspiration of villain Ranjeet. “It is an entertaining film. My character is inspired by Ranjeet. There are so many actors into it but all the actors play an equally important role. Multi-starrers are always fun and I always enjoy them because I believe in quality rather than quantity,” he said. — PTI

Emily Blunt loves talking about Prada
Film fame: Emily Blunt
Film fame: Emily Blunt

It has been six years since The Devil Wears Prada Came out, but actress Emily Blunt, who shot to fame with the film, still loves talking about it.

Unlike other stars who get irritated on being asked about a particular film repeatedly, 29-year-old Blunt has apparently become accustomed to it.

“It’s the movie people talk to me about the most, so I’m lucky that I love that film and that role so much,” said the actress, who played Meryl Streep’s assistant in the 2006 film.

“I know people who are famous for one thing, and you can tell they resent it because they sort of roll their eyes whenever it’s brought up. But I’ll always be thrilled to have been associated with that movie, because I love it so much.

“I’ll never forget when the movie came out, and the next day I went to get a coffee, and a woman approached me. I’d never been recognized before, and this was THE NEXT DAY. I remember thinking, God, that’s weird. Nice, but weird.” The film, based on Lauren Weisberger’s 2003 novel of the same name, was critically and commercially acclaimed.

“The thing about The Devil Wears Prada, is that everybody loved it. People in the business loved it. And it’s very hard these days to be in a movie that everybody loves,” said Blunt.


Thurman finds work relaxing
Uma Thurman considers working hours as her own time

Hollywood actress Uma Thurman finds her work “relaxing” and admits she is usually “overly intense”.

The Bel Ami star, who has 13-year-old daughter Maya and 10-year-old son Levon with ex-husband Ethan Hawke, turns to her profession to calm down because she often drives herself “nuts”. “I’m not very relaxed naturally. I’m one of those highly focused, overly intense characters. I often drive myself nuts. “I actually find work can be quite relaxing. When the children were little I wasn’t able to work like I did before. “So now, when I do work, it’s very much like, ‘This is good, this is my time’,” said Thurman.

The 41-year-old star, who is believed to be pregnant with her third child and her first with boyfriend Arpad Busson, admitted she wouldn’t have believed anyone if they had foretold her how her acting career would pan out. Thurman, who has starred in hit movies Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill, “If you had sat me down and gone through what I would grow through, I probably wouldn’t have believed any of it.” — PTI

One more time: Kim Kardashian
One more time: Kim Kardashian

In search of love…

Reality star Kim Kardashian is reportedly looking for love again. Kardashian, 31, who split from husband Kris Humphries after 72 days of marriage, has involved her fans to help her get a new boyfriend, a publication reported.

“Kim has rarely ever been single and she’s found it hard to be alone since things didn’t work out with Kris. There is also the incentive to be in a place to make her marketable for her reality TV show. The wedding and the split from Kris is history now and she wants her fans to be a part of her search for new love,” a source said.

Meanwhile, she is also keen to adopt a child.

“Kim has always been very maternal. Of the three sisters, she’s the one who’s been saying that she’s ready for kids the longest. It’s all top secret, but the adoption is already underway.” —PTI

First innings

Pop singer Celine Dion and her husband Rene Angelil have become the proud owners of a popular sandwich shop in Canada. The famous couple formed part of a consortium of investors who were behind the purchase of the famous Schwartz’s Deli, which has been selling sandwiches in the city since 1928, a publication reported. The sale price was reportedly USD 6.3 million and Angelil, who has been visiting the deli since 1961, says he will do everything he can to uphold the firm’s traditional values. “It’s the most unique restaurant in the world and we’re thrilled to be a part of it. Of course, we’ll make a few improvements as necessary, but we’re not interested in diluting the brand by franchising, or making the deli something that it isn’t,” he said.


Friendship on the rocks?
Aniston & Cox are reportedly drifting apart

Actress Jennifer Aniston’s friendship with Courteney Cox has reportedly become “strained” since she started dating Justin Theroux. The pair have been inseparable since meeting at the Friends audition in ‘94, but Cox feels Aniston has “forgotten”. “Jennifer’s priorities have changed since meeting Justin. Courteney must feel that Jen has completely forgotten what it’s like to be single and that’ll hurt given how supportive she and David were to Jen over the years,” a source said.


Adele wants to be mum

Adele is feeling broody and wants to be pregnant by the end of the year. The 23-year-old singer has even picked out some of her favourite names for her future babies.

She is said to have told her boyfriend Simon Konecki, 37, who has a daughter from his relationship with stylist Clary Fisher, that she is keen on starting a family. “She’s told Simon how broody she’s been feeling. The pair has spoken about children and it’s something they both very much want in the future,” a source close to the couple has revealed. “Simon already has a five-year-old daughter from his previous marriage who Adele has met and absolutely adores. — ANI

Truth gets bitter
Veena Verma, the woman of spirited mind, dispels thoughts about the condition of women abroad through her works
Vasudha Gupta
Veena Verma
Veena Verma

The common school of thought regarding this woman is that she is a bold writer. Having travelled far and giving several comprehensive details about the plight of women internationally and in the hands of cruelty, she does not mince words while talking.

In Chandigarh for a Ru-Ba-Ru session organised by the Roopak Kala and Welfare Society, Veena Verma picks up instances from her day-to-day life and immortalises her characters. She has made a mark in Punjabi literature despite facing challenges on the way, nothing deters her indomitable spirit. "I don't care what certain people say and what they think. My stories are being read and appreciated, that is all that matters to me," she puts across strongly. Treating the process of story writing as giving birth, she says, "Story writing is something that once conceived has to come out."

Her travels and journey have brought her face to face with several characters of her stories. "This one time," she recounts, "I ran into a woman who was married four times," she says. This gave her the concept of Ek waari hor sahi.

Punjab Kala Bhavan, to honour her works, has been staging plays on the basis of her stories. Appreciating the effort, she says, "Sometimes artists tend to emote better than my original inspirations, to watch the magic unfold on the stage is commendable," she says. Not here to give information through her stories, she stands strongly on the ground that stories are just reformers and not informers. Having faced a tough time while focusing on off-beat and sensational topics, she is glad that the number of thorns coming her way have been reducing and the positive feedback is increasing. "I will never be able to change my style of writing, no matter what happens tomorrow," she says. Being born and brought up in Bathinda, she moved to West London Institute of Higher Education, where she completed her study in the field of social work. Her works include Mull Di Tinwin, Firangiyan Di Nooh, Jogiyan Di Dhee. She has recently been honoured with the Sahitya Academy Award.


Humour- the mane cause
Hair expert, Jawed Habib emphasises on a happy state of mind for healthy hair
Jasmine Singh

Now that you have exhausted quiet a bit of the kitchen commodities on your hair, it is time to actually do for your hair what you are supposed to. Jawed Habib, hair expert opens a JH Beauty & Salon in DT Mall at IT Park Chandigarh, ranks humour as the most important ingredient for healthy hair.

"Other than hundred other ingredients, state of mind is something that affects hair in both positive and negative way. If you are happy, it will show up on your hair," says Jawed Habib who promises to provide a cutting edge in saloon services.

It is also time to break myths. We begin with the most talked about one- Heena. Says Jawed, "What can be better than heena! I do maintain that it dries hair but it doesn't break it like hair colour does. It goes without saying that chemicals do a permanent damage to hair."

Other quick tips from the hair stylist include, washing hair daily with a good shampoo. Also oil and massage your hair regularly. Drink lots of water and avoid hair styling on regular basis.

Revisiting works of Kabir
SD Sharma

Replete with eternal truth and mysticism, the divine utterances of Kabir, the saint poet of the 16th century had been influencing the life of Indians over the centuries. It has also exercised a great impact on the Bhakti Movement of India. Reveling in the glory of Almighty, Kabir established in humility that saint Kabir was an enigma. His verses reflecting his teachings and philosophy of life, as enshrined in the holy Guru Granth Sahib are adored with reverence by all segments of society. His works include Dohaas, Sakhis, Sholakas, Bijak and his poetic work titled Banis in which the humanity finds solace, succor and peace of mind.

Courtesy, the Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Akademi, music lovers will be treated with a three day meaningful spell of Kabir Vani. The three day bonanza of spiritual music titled Suno Bhai Saadho is aimed to know and imbibe more of the rich Indian cultural heritage, maintains akademi chairperson Kamal Tewari. Films on related topics of the festival enriched with discussion will be screened on all days at the Tagore theatre, adds Tewari.

As per Kamal Tewari the highlights of the unique fest will be screening of prize winning films on Kabir namely Had Anhad, Chalo Hamara Des, Kabira Khada Baazar Main, and Koi Sunta Hai by renowned Documentary Film Maker Shabnam Virmani. Kabir Vani maestro Vijay Sardeshmukh of Maharashtra, a disciple of Late Pandit Kumar Gandharva is adept in rendering Nirgun Bhajans of Kabir in his ornate classical music tradition. Another maestro Mir Mukhtyar Ali belonging to semi-nomadic community of Thaar Desert of Rajasthan specialises in bhajans in Rajasthani folk and semi-classical form. While Shabnam Virmani, the film maker and prodigious performer will render bhajans in Malwai tradition of Madhya Pradesh. Ustad Mooralala Marwada, folk singer of Kuchh District of Gujrat holds expertise in the traditional style of Gujrati folk bhajans. The concluding day recital will have Padamshree Prahlad Singh Tipanya performing with his group.

Run up

March 12 Film Screening and Discussion. 6.30 PM onwards Kabir Vani Recital by Vijay Sirdeshmukh Mukhtyar Ali .

March 13 (11.00AM ) Film Screening and Discussion, 6.30 PM. Kabir Vani Recital by Shabnam Virmani.

March 14 (11.00 AM) Film Screening and Discussion 6.30 PM Mahesha Ram and Padamshri Prahlad Tipanya.

Chatter box

My few favourite places

Travel bug: Anjum Farooki

Anjum Farooki, aka Gauri in Colors’ Balika Vadhu, says that she can never imagine leaving Mumbai and staying elsewhere for more than 3 months. We caught with Anjum Farooki to speak about her favourite places…


I just love the city. I have friends here and it’s where I live. I can’t imagine moving to any other city. No matter to how many beautiful places I visit, I can’t stay more than some months. I have to come back to Mumbai. I just cannot imagine leaving this city.


I have visited the city so many times as my friends and relatives stay there. I have even lived there for some time. I know the place very well and I keep visiting it very now and then.


I have heard so much about Kashmir and seen it in movies. But I have never got a chance to visit. It looks very beautiful in photographs and I hope to discover the place soon enough.


I love beaches and that’s why I want to visit Mauritius. I love Goa too, but Goa is pretty close Mumbai and you can go there anytime. However, Mauritius is a bit far which is why I could never go. I hope to visit soon.


I know the city is for its romantic nature. I just want to go there for its architecture. I want to see the Eiffel Tower. It looks beautiful at night. It’s definately a beautiful city.

Narayani Shastri Comeback time

Narayani Shastri will return to TV after two years with a new show, Phir Subah Hogi, which will highlight a social stigma in Madhya Pradesh wherein daughters are forcibly sold to Thakurs. Narayani Shastri will play the lead who gets married to a Thakur. Buzz is Varun badola will play the evil role.

On the track: Narayani Shastri

Clearing the air

Akashdeep Saigal nee Sky Walker spoke about his experiences in Bigg Boss-5 recently. Reportedly, he claimed host Salman Khan shocked him by entering the house and personally attacking him. He added that being victimised helped him win the hearts of many friends.

Akshay Papa don’t preach

Akshay Anand has signed Channel V’s latest show Suvreen Guggal —topper of the year wherein Smriti Kalra of the Karol Bagh fame will play the lead. The show will air from March 19 and Akshay will play Smriti’s typical Punjabi dad.

Punjabi blood: Akshay

Hush-hush wedding

Mouli Ganguly who recently married her long time boyfriend Mazher Syedd, surprised everyone by going for a low key marriage. Now that she is doing Kya Hua tera Vaada, everyone is asking her and she explains that she doesn’t like going all out for such private moments.

Happy Bride: Mouli Ganguly

Comedy central

Loving the laugh: Sachin PilgaonkarJudge Sachin Pilgaonkar loves Colors’ Chhote Miyan 3 as he enjoys the perspective and concept, which the young ones work on. He feels that their innocence and talent make for good entertainment. He has also been a regular on the show and praises his co-judge actress Mahima Chaudhary.

Loving the laugh: Sachin Pilgaonkar

Astro turf
P Khurrana

ARIES: Do not hurry jobs that require meticulous handling. Arguments may arise with your partner. Consult the experts when cash questions come up. Daydreaming could inspire creative ideas. Tarot message: Use your instinct to get into the top circle of power. Lucky colour: Red. Magic number: 64.

TAURUS: You draw “The Emperor” so the day promises all possible comforts. It should be much easier for you to meet your challenges. Stay tuned in to the work at hand and you will be that much wiser. Tarot message: Set the unpleasant set of events into motion. Lucky colour: Turquoise. Magic number: 53.

GEMINI: Tension builds and tempers can fray. An irritating coworker can push you to your limits. Maintain your composure. A desire to retreat to the comfort of your own home could be overwhelming. Tarot message: Must learn to accept responsibility for self and others. Lucky colour: Crimson. Magic number: 40.

CANCER: The card “The Moon” indicates an emotional setback. Stick to what you know and understand. Money problems will still prevail. History has a tendency to repeat itself unless you learn from it. Tarot message: Your determination to succeed will pay dividends. Lucky colour: Orange. Magic number: 61.

LEO: At work colleague steers you a new direction. Love stars are behind the clouds. A small celebration at home is likely. Spend time reviewing the events of the past so you can make decisions. Tarot message: Yet work could pose certain minor difficulties but don’t worry. Lucky colour: Peach. Magic number: 26.

VIRGO: You must push yourself harder. Be careful with money. This is not the right day for writing official letters. An irresistible attraction to someone you know can override your common sense. Tarot message: Plan your life to avoid the in build delays that comes your way. Lucky colour: Mauve. Magic number: 47.

LIBRA: Your card “The Nine of Cups” reveals inner strength and enthusiasm. Arguments may arise with your spouse or partner over money. Make the most of the relationship and support that comes your way. Tarot message: Don’t forsake a learning opportunity. Lucky colour: Rainbow pastels. Magic number: 65.

SCORPIO: Your card “Page of Pentacles” promises a progressive day. Personal plans are likely to progress without too much opposition. Be straight and above board when dealing with employment affairs. Tarot message: Emphasis on spiritual needs. Lucky colour: Saffron. Magic number: 50.

SAGITTARIUS: Business is likely between you and your associates. Improve your health. You feel you need time to understand the changes that are taking place in your psyche. Your mind can wander on the job . Tarot message: Balance in all aspects is recommended. Lucky colour: Ebony. Magic number: 62.

CAPRICORN: Entrepreneurs will go through an anxious period. The married or those in love will find the day exciting. A lot of energy will be expended on communication today. Get your phone calls out of the way early . Tarot message: Do not divest assets or transact in uncertain matters. Lucky colour: Aqua blue. Magic number: 45.

AQUARIUS: Joint resources could be under pressure. The temptation to help out a friend with a financial loan should be discussed with your partner first. Talk about this honestly and you may be surprised at the outcome. Tarot message: Be articulate in discussion. Lucky colour: Yellow. Magic number: 32.

PISCES: Do not allow yourself to be talked into erratic move. Working toward your goals may seem a little harder than Stop your mind from wondering around too much. Concentrate on your job. Tarot message: Don’t be dismissive of advice from youthful origin. Lucky colour: Sea Green. Magic number: 52.

The year ahead
Madan Gupta Spatu

If your birthday is March 12...

Businessmen and professionals will find new opportunities to earn more. Those in service will earn laurels. Politicians will fare well in the first half of 2012 but they may have to maintain a low profile in the second half.

The number three and the Jupiter, make you energetic, charming, ambitious, talented, dignified and a methodical person. You are independent by nature and people admire you for your ability to take bold decisions, but you need to curb your tendencies towards stubbornness, extravagance and dictatorial nature at times.

The Saturn indicates that business affairs will improve. Incredible occasions for new contacts are likely. Make the most of them!

This is the right time to take important business decisions. Investments made during this phase will bring in profits. Matters related to property will bring gains. Distant travel, may be overseas, brings joy and happiness along with a possible reunion with an old contact. Renovation of the house or construction-related activities will also be high on your agenda. Family ties will be strengthened. Singles will have to be patient for love. Chronic patients need more care. Preventive medicines should not be avoided at any cost.

Don’t listen to the critics!  You will be set for smooth sailing after the storm has passed.  Things may seem too good to be true; but you must believe that it is for real.   You should be recognised for your efforts.  But even if you don’t win a prize, everyone will know that you truly deserve the honours. This may be a good time to try your luck in speculation. You can also invest in fixed assets. Friends may be helpful. Just make sure you choose savvy pals or sound professionals to make your ‘good best friend’. Be careful while driving. Night driving is to be avoided. Injuries are indicated.

Mood: Distracted and apathetic at times. Compatible signs: Aquarius, Aries, Leo

Lucky colours: Purple, Yellow, Cream, Sea green and Red. Lucky days: Friday.

Lucky numbers: 2, 5, 10, 20, 60. Lucky gem: Yellow Sapphire, Sunehla, Maarka

Lucky flower: Neel Kamal. Suggestion on birthday: Donate milk or rice.

Shreya Ghoshal (March 12, 1984, Rawatbhata-Kota) won the children’s special episode of the Sa Re Ga Ma contest on. Apart from Devdas, she has done songs for Jism, Saaya, Inteha, Out of Control, Khakee, Munnabhai MBBS, Dhoop, Kuchh Kaha Aapne, Armaan, Desh Devi, Tujhe Meri Kasam, LOC Kargil, Aetbaar, Police Force, Lage Raho Munnabhai, Guru, etc. Sun is very powerful planet in her birth chart which ensures her award honours and success in coming time.

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