Nothing close to villainy
Vishwajeet Pradhan, an actor who has tested the waters in films, theatre and TV serials, does not like being typecast
Vasudha Gupta

He belongs to the category of actors you love to hate! From Mogambo to Shakaal and very recently, the bald and bold Kaanch Cheena, the villains of B-town are a huge hit with people. And it is only when you sit across them that the veil of portraying a smuggler, a rapist or just being a heartless brute really vanishes and the real person comes out! Such was the experience of interacting with Vishwajeet Pradhan.

An actor of repute, who has now tested waters in films, theatre and TV serials, Vishwajeet does not consider the media industry as flawless. "Much like how cricket has shrunk to a 20-20 match, so has the industry. Actors are expected to perform better in a short span of time," Vishwajeet shares with us. Of course, playing the SSP Brahma Nand Jakhar has come with its own set of struggles. For him, it has been the amalgamation of dedication, sincerity and attention to the goal, which has made the maximum impact. Recollecting his past, the actor says, "When you start any journey, you can never be certain where it will take you. I am still a struggler," he smiles.

In Chandigarh to take forward the trip started after his last stint in Maryaada, the actor spills his adoration for the city. "The city is still the most preferred as a retirement base for army officers due to its serenity and sense of calm," he adds.

Still looking out for more variety in roles, the actor is actively waiting to go to Karachi with Naseerudin Shah. Considering theatre as the big daddy of acting, Vishwajeet is still in awe of the great actor. "When you see epitomes of acting still in search of doing better with each passing day, it tends to push actors like us to the limit," he says. As many as 170 films old in the industry, the actor came face-to-face with the struggles of a woman, when he played Amma in Shabnam Mausi. From hair removal to spending 15-16 hours in a day in a sari, it was a tough role for the actor. Bringing him in close contact with the plight of women, he says, "The team, including Ashutosh Rana, would be sweating, itchy and it just made us relate better to women who work all day in saris."

Trying to still break out of the cliché of playing a negative character actor and now, thanks to Maryaada, a Haryanvi actor, Vishwajeet considers getting typecast as a major flaw. "I remember as a negative character in Yalgaar, they asked me to gel my hair and put sunglasses. I was offered similar roles for the next five years," he laughs. It's been only about 20 days since Maryaada ended and the actor has over 15 offers of playing a Haryanvi. Looking at the greener pastures, he can't help but break into a fit of laughter when his friends, mostly in the civil services, refer to his work as fun.

Another facet of his life that takes him to the past is shooting for Prahaar. A 40-day treacherous routine of staying as real commandos made the actor believe in a fitness regime. "Nana Patekar left us in the school, and boy was it tough to match up to the IMA and NDA pass-outs," he says.

For the common man

Regarding the recent controversies that Satyamev Jayate has raked, the actor considers it as beneficial for the common man. "Whenever politicians do something, it is at a plastic level. If he has highlighted the problem the common man is facing, it is surely not worthy of criticism," he opines.

When words met the magician...
Taking inspiration from Kabir and Sahir, poet Dinesh Raghuvanshi believes in writing about life, relationships and love in simple language

Dinesh Raghuvanshi
Verse magic: Dinesh Raghuvanshi

A poet's strength lies in his universality. As one surfs through Dinesh Raghuvanshi's poetry, the lines…

Rishte kai baar bedi ban jate hain,

Prashanchinh ban raston main tan jate hain

Aisa nahi kisi se koi anban hai

Kuch din sirf akele chalne ka man hai…

somehow, somewhere strike a cord.

The noted poet was in Chandigarh on the invite of Chandigarh Sahitya Akademi recently.

Born in a small UP village in very trying circumstances, Dinesh had a choice to follow an ordinary path or make life extraordinary. Consider it a child's resolve to make his mother proud, today, amongst the most popular poets in the country, he has fulfilled his resolve.

Is Hindi poetry doing well? "Please do not take it otherwise, but people can't sit through a three-hour-flick that is made by spending crores. On the contrary, for my poetry sessions there is gathering of up to 50,000 at times," he says.

If one leaves metros, small towns and villages value Hindi as much as the poetry and Dinesh's popularity is one proof. This widely travelled poet has held shows not only throughout the length and breadth of the country, but also abroad in Europe, USA and Africa.

His canvas is life, where he talks of love, relationships and struggle. Twenty-five years in the field, it is midway that he changed tracks — from pessimistic to optimistic notes. Technology makes him reach people who can't attend his face-to-face sessions. It is here that he sees hope, "Availability of modern means of communication have ignited a hunger to learn. This will pave the way for those who have left reading or writing poetry," says Dinesh.

Survival is not easy for writers in today's commercial world, an M Com and MBA (wherein comes the selling streak from) Dinesh earns his living by managing the stage for international conferences as well as rallies and is an insurance consultant as well. However, he is not ready to compromise his art for material gains.

A brief mention of Ooh la la and he shakes his head in a vehement 'no'. "Dual wording is not my cup of tea. I don't think I have it me to write for movies. Though I have written songs for a few movies, when do they get released is another matter," he clarifies.

Motherhood is a theme close to his heart. Having already written 1,000 plus poems on it, he touches his ears as mark of respect, before he avers, "Give me an incident with your mother and I will write a poem on her in a matter of seconds." And, it's no regular poems but those that touch the heart, "Jinke hisse apni ma ki loriyan nahin aati, unke sapnon main bhi pariyan, titliyan nahi aati."

Pain, he says, has shaped up much of his writing. "Every man is a poet in his or her own right, but if a few can understand a common man's idea, a poet's message touches the large sea of humanity."

The Chandigarh visit got him another literary honour from Haryana and he aspires to touch many more lives with his works. "A poet's success lies in inspiring, giving hope to the readers." And he signs off with…

Kadam kadam par shart lage jis rishte main,

Vo rishta bhi ek bandhan hai

Aisa nahi kisi se koi anban hai

Kuch din sirf akele chalne ka maan hai…"

My world — travel
Flora Baker is a chirpy, young traveller and blogger who wishes to travel the globe, one city at a time

Flora Baker
going global: Flora Baker

This 24-year-old Brit's bucket list is pretty interesting.

n Work on a rice farm in Thailand

n Experience a true Russian winter

n Try to get into a Bollywood movie

n Have a conversation with a monk

n See my writing in a kind of Lonely Planet

And, she is living towards it. With an aspiration to travel the whole of the world by the time she turns 31, Flora Baker is enroute a journey. She has travelled a great deal over the past six years, to countries in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, America, and Africa as a solo traveller or connecting with organised groups, fellow volunteers and students.

In Chandigarh, to observe real India, Flora shares with us what makes her pack the bag and travel solo. "I want to disappear for years and years," she opens her conversation on a sunny, hot afternoon. On a tour, from December 2011, she has been to every 'tourist' place (exceptions being Leh, Rishikesh and Dharamshala, which she will eventually do), and Flora is savouring each flavour that the diversity of India offers.

A diary keeps her company 24X7 and her experiences feed her blog Thirty One Distant. "It's refreshing to discover, almost by accident, that India's spirituality is not the only thing on offer to a foreigner," admits Flora.

Using the money she has saved as a student and working part-time in a pub in her hometown London, Flora goes solo most of the time as no one else is ready to do 'all' that she wants to do.

"It's comfortable being a foreigner in Chandigarh. Elsewhere, I have to bear all stares - right from a child to really old women," says Flora, who tries to counter it by striking a conversation with everyone who passes her way. "In fact, talking to so many people every day is the high that keeps me going," says Flora.

She remembers this particular evening in Jaisalmer where at the after-lunch party at a particular restaurant, the owner showed her clips from Bollywood movies of the 40s and 50s. "It was beautiful. This total stranger playing one scene after another; and songs that have been significant in his journey...I was touched."

Living an unusual life is what appeals to this young blogger; convincing parents didn't come easy though. "I lost my mother a few years ago; I feel bad abandoning dad like this (there is only me and my cat in the family), but he is fine as long as I return home at some point in time," she says.

Her blog keeps them connected as does Skype. She is homebound in July to earn for her next trip to South America (for a year) where she hopes her dad visits her. "This is what I want to do for the rest of my life," she affirms.

A dream journey
Sabia Talwar

Rana Daggubati
bollywood calling: Rana Daggubati

Just one film old in Bollywood (Dum Maaro Dum) and the other one all set to release (Department), Rana Daggubati's journey to stardom has come quite naturally to him. We talk to the tall, dark and handsome guy about his experience till now.

Reel journey

I debuted with the Telegu film Leader and won the Filmfare Award for the best male debut. Then Dum Maaro Dum happened. The journey has been quite a learning experience, as I have grown up in that kind of environment and the industry is just like a family to me.

Role call

Compared to Dum Maaro Dum, my role is more noticeable in 'Department' and I feel it is totally my film. It is a police drama where Amitabh Bachchan is a politician and I play a police officer named Shiv Narayan, who whole heartedly works towards making Mumbai a safer place to live in.

Playing cop

We have seen well-toned bodies of Ajay Devgn in Singham and Salman Khan in Dabangg, who played cops; Rana who dons the same look in Department says that he has a physique that is perfect to play a police officer. I had strict agility training and continued my routine work-out as well. And his moustache is an icing on the cake!

Rumour mill

I'm quite used to my link-up with Bipasha Basu and I have learnt to deal with it now. I would still say that Bipasha and I are just friends. But, I'm not single nor am I committed to Bipasha Basu. We just got to know each other very well when we did Dum Maaro Dum and that's about it.

Public figure

Recently, so many celebrities, be it in Hollywood or Bollywood, did not like that their privacy was no longer intact. On the other hand, Rana says that it a celebrity's personal decision to be a public figure, and if they have acquired name and fame it is all because of the fans and media. I still put up in Hyderabad and people there let me live on my own, as they have seen me grow.

Action man

Most of the actors of my age want to do action films and I too love doing stunts. I thank god for giving me such a strong physical appearance, which is the reason why I will always give priority to action-oriented films.

Producer's diary

People may not know but I have been into production of movies for a long time now. I have produced a lot of films till date. As a producer I'm more interested in being a story-teller. I also love giving the visual effects. As for multi-tasking, I will always continue with it.

Future tense

Currently, I'm shooting for an action-adventure movie in Telegu titled Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum and I have also signed for an action movie for Bollywood.

First-day-first show
Dangerous Ishhq
Absurd ishq

Supermodel Sanjana (Karisma Kapoor) and Rohan (Rajneesh Duggal), son of one of the nation’s foremost business tycoons, are one of the most popular couples in the social circuit. When Sanjana decides against flying to Paris at the last minute for a lucrative modelling assignment, she does so because her instincts push her against going. But what her instincts cannot do is stop Rohan from getting kidnapped. Sanjana sees visions of them together- sometime in the past—in different eras. She is confused initially but in her visions lays definitive clues that could lead her to save the love of her life. As she follows clue after clue, she gets closer and sometimes further away from the love that has been eluding her through the ages. Would she be able to unravel the past to save her future? Would she be able to rescue her love and expose his true captors?

Charismatic Karisma

Karisma Kapoor has done well for her comeback, her fitness, powerful screen persona goes in her favour but the movie is absurd. The whole thing about past life coming to haunt your present is just so meaningless and the 3D effect worsens the experience.
— Jatin Ahluwalia, student, GGDSD College

Bizarre theme

Rajneesh Duggal looks so plastic but Karisma Kapoor looks beautiful even now with her intriguing performance. Overall, the movie is bizarre.
— Nalini Seth, housewife

Not worth it

The songs are not at all pleasing to the ears and the movie does not prove good to the eyes. It’s not worth even watching once.
— Neerav Bajwa, bank employee


Rising from the ashes of hooliganism and small town clan wars, comes the love story of a passion ignited by hatred of two people born to hate but destined to love—unpredictable Parma (Arjun Kapoor) and ferocious Zoya (Parineeti Chopra). A battle deafened by sounds of hate, revenge, bullets and deceit. A story about two fiery bloods played by Arjun and Parineeti, and their fight for power and supremacy. That’s the story called Ishaqzaade.

Parineeti—ray of hope

Parineeti Chopra looks fit for her role where she shows her amazing acting skills. Arjun Kapoor’s performance is just average. But it usually happens that when you expect a lot out of a movie it always disappoints you and same goes for this movie.
— Neha Sharma, student, MCM College

Musical magic

The storyline is not at all interesting, so the movie is not worth watching even once. The only good thing about the movie is the songs.
— Radhika Seth, housewife

Boring angle

Both the newcomers, Parineeti Chopra and Arjun Kapoor have done a fairly good job but the movie is hopeless. Don’t waste your time and money on this.

Ravi Juneja, bank employee

(As told to Sabia Talwar)

A view from the top

Arushi Jain
Arushi Jain

Belling the CAT maybe everyone’s cup of tea in the intellectual segment but topping it is only for the genius. Arushi Jain is one of those. City topper in CAT 2012 with a 99.97 percentile, Arushi is also the perfect definition of humility and intelligence. All set to go to IIM Calcutta, this 22-year-old, who is currently undergoing summer internship at American Express, tells us what keeps her going.

Motivational factor

When it comes to motivation, it is not just one thing, but several factors which keep me going. My parents constantly motivated me and their expectations made me keep my own faith alive. Being a committed student, I believed in keeping a high benchmark throughout. I always knew I could do better, which also pushed me forward.

Feathers in the cap

Being an engineering student at UIET, for me it was always about making an honest effort to make my dreams come true. Although topping the CAT was a stroke of luck and a little bit of hard work, I consider it my main achievement till date.

Strengths and weaknesses

I have always had a very strong will power, which has proved to be my biggest strength. Perseverance and dedication, of course, also never go unnoticed in life. What tends to become a weakness is the emotions I go through when I find out that people don’t have faith in me. That is something I haven’t been able to battle out.

Flipside of being an achiever

I have always been a fun-loving girl. But when I decided to better my score in CAT, I gave up on a lot of things. Giving up on small pleasures is a sacrifice you have to make when you really want to achieve something in life.

Words of wisdom

Always believe in God and yourself. No one should ever give up on their dreams and continue to push themselves to achieve something more in life.

(If you think you fit in the profile, get in touch with us at We’ll sift the best from the rest)

South-Indian food is growing in popularity amid Ludhiana folks
Southern flavours, Punjabi land
Gurvinder Singh

Do delicacies from the South make you drool? Counting on the rising number of palates seeking sambars, dosas and myriad dishes from Down South, restaurants in Ludhiana seem to be cashing in on the delectable trend! Two new South Indian restaurants have sprung up in posh areas of the city, even as the old ones continue to draw crowds.

The reason for starting the restaurant is the unprecedented rise in the popularity of the South Indian food, concur the start-ups. This coupled with the conspicuous absence of up-market South-Indian restaurants, barring a few, made PP Pillai start Aruma, the newly opened Kerela Cafe at Feroze Gandhi market. “Apart from giving Ludhianvis more options to dine out when they want South-Indian food, we want to bring authentic flavours to the city. This is the reason we have got chefs especially from Kochi,” he says.

Explaining the reasons behind the rising popularity of South-Indian foods, Pillai says it is light, contains little fat and thus is a healthier choice of food.

“There is a huge gap in the demand and supply in the city when it comes to South Indian food. Although we have North Indian and Punjabi dishes on the menu, our main items are South-Indian. After a survey, we found that people in Ludhiana are increasingly moving towards South Indian food,” says Amit Goyal, master franchisee, North India, Sankalp.

And residents too are a happy lot. “I am happy that now so much variety of food is available. I just loved the Pathiri; I tried it at one of the restaurants. Other items like the Malabari Paneer, dosas, idlis and vadas are also good,” says Rohit, a local.

Fusion delight

The Noodle-Bar in Sector 26 is holding a three- day ‘Indian, Oriental Fusion and Mediterranean Food Festival’ from May 11-13.

Unique vegetarian and non-vegetarian sizzlers along with many new sumptuous dishes will be on offer during the food festival.

Along with sizzlers, a glass of wine or beer will be given complimentary. — TNS

Exotic flavour

With the world going green and all wanting to take the healthy veggie route, innovative dishes with humble vegetables are quite welcome. Zucchini tops in nutrition and should not be overcooked for it kills the colour and lessens the nutrients. Try this stylish dish which will be light on your digestive system too.


Mix whole wheat flour and maida together and add butter. Rub it together until it resembles bread crumbs. Then mix to a firm dough with cold water.

Roll out a pastry and use it to line a 9-10 inch pie pan. Prick the base and chill for 30 minutes and cover it with waxed paper or foil.

Bake the pastry shell on a baking sheet for 20 minutes uncovering for last 5 minutes so that it can crisp up.

In a pan sauté onions in olive oil for 5 minutes. Add zucchini and fry for another 5 minutes.

Spread this mixture over the pastry case. Spread 5 tbsp cheese and all basil.

Saute maida in oil and add milk. Stir continuously so that no lumps are formed. Add salt and black pepper. Pour it over the filling and grate the remaining cheese.

Bake it in the oven at 350 degree for about 40 minutes until risen and just firm to touch in the centre. Serve hot.

(Dewan is a Ludhiana-based culinary expert)

Zucchini quiche


For pastry

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 cup maida

½ cup butter

For filling

1 onion (thinly sliced)

2 tbsp olive oil

2 zucchini (sliced)

6 tbsp cheese (grated)

2 tbsp fresh basil (chopped)

1 tbsp maida

1 ¼ cup milk

Salt to taste

Black pepper powder

Lebanese, all the way!
Sabia Talwar

Three young minds and a wonderful vision towards life summarises Vikram Saini, Gurinder Pal Singh and Abhit Jhanji. Together they have come up with a Lebanese venture by the name of Jaffa in the inner market of Sector-9, Chandigarh.

Vikram, who belongs to Chandigarh, completed his graduation from the University of Manchester, UK and started his own business in biotechnology and information technology in London as well as in India. While Gurinder has done his engineering from PEC and MBA from IIFT, New Delhi and Abhit was an assistant manager at Axis Bank, Mohali.

So friendship helped them to agree on a common decision to open up an authentic Lebanese outlet which serves fat-free food in Chandigarh. Says Vikram, “I used to have shawarmas back in UK but then I realised that there are no restaurants in Chandigarh serving this cuisine.” And what does the name Jaffa actually mean? “Jaffa is the oldest port city of the world and it also means beautiful. We wanted the name to be unique and with an Arabic touch,” chips in Vikram.

The outlet has a take-away concept as nowadays people are always on the move. The Lebanese menu includes shawarmas like falafel shawarma, paneer tikka shawarmas, chicken shawarmas and chicken tikka shawarmas, fatayers, arayes which are the Arabic pizzas in various toppings and Arabic biryanis served with raita. “The good thing about our Lebanese chicken is that it is cooked without oil, so it’s virtually fat-free. We have spent quite some time on preparing the food recipes to keep the authentic touch intact,” says Abhit, a partner in the venture. We wonder what is unique with this concept. “There is a good variety of food for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. All the ingredients and sauces are freshly prepared to give customers a great authentic Lebanese experience,” says Gurinder, another partner.

Another highlight at Jaffa is their amazing Facebook offers which is check-in at Jaffa on Facebook and get a 10 per cent off on your order. Jaffa is opened seven days a week from 11am to 11pm. The prices are quite reasonable starting from Rs 120 per preparation. So go ahead treat your taste buds with some Lebanese food. 

It’s happening
Desi beats

Some 200 dholis will come together on Saturday to celebrate the Punjabi spirit. Dholicious 2012 brings folk alive with Eddu Sharif and bhangra.

A brainchild of Poonam Batth and Hardeep Chandpuri, this event reflects the rich cultural heritage of the state. “This is going to be one of its kind event wherein so many dholis will perform live,” says Poonam, director, Wishing Tree.

When: May 12 5pm

Where: The Plaza, Sector 17.

star track
Isha in for action

Isha Koppikar Isha Koppikar who was last seen in Shabri is back! The pretty actress has signed an action film and is training in martial arts for her roles. “Yes, that’s true. You will see me soon again in movies.

I am doing some super action roles. Therefore, I am training hard in martial arts. I’m really loving the adrenalin rush. However, I can’t give you the details of the film at the moment,” she said.

Meanwhile, she is setting up a production house and is also looking at scripts, one of which is a woman-centric Marathi film. But at the same time, she isn’t averse to doing Bollywood item songs either.



Luxury denied

Mallika Sherawat The sultry and sexy Mallika Sherawat seems to be in the news for all the wrong reasons. First the director of Hisss Jennifer Lynch claimed that she would like to make a documentary on the tantrums thrown by Mallika on the sets of the movie and now a luxury car company has banned the actress from buying their car! 

Mallika feels she deserves a smooth and extravagant ride and decided to buy herself a super premium car which only a select few own. While the actress her desires, the company too seems to have rules of their own and said they only sell their cars to deserving customers who have a certain standard and status!



Good friends

Ranbir Kapoor When it comes to pleasing women, Ranbir Kapoor, the alleged “Casanova” in Bollywood, sure has his act right. Just a few days back, it was reported that Ranbir was seen cozying up with Katrina Kaif, but now the Bollywood heartthrob has been seen playing the “concerned” friend to ex-flame Deepika!

The actress has been going through a rough patch in her career and approached none other than Ranbir for guidance and support. Looks like the young Kapoor has taken this opportunity to rekindle the chemistry he once shared with his ex-lover and has even recommended that she uses the services of his publicist going forward!



Hit girl

Esha Gupta Esha Gupta’s debut film Jannat 2 is a big hit and she considers herself very lucky. She already has Raaz 3 which is almost complete and she has begun shooting for Chakravyuh in which she plays a cop in uniform. She is also waiting to do a glamourous role.

Screen presence

Many Bollywood actors have done Hollywood films. While they might have decent roles, they hardly get any time in the promos. This has changed with Bipasha Basu because she has ten shots in the 3.28 minute long promo of Singularity, her first Hollywood film.

chatter box
Sreeram’s fan club

Jo Jeeta Wohi Superstar truly has a star in its show. Sreeram, winner of India Idol has fans and followers across the industry. Leading music director Shankar Mahadevan says, “It’s lovely to see Sreram on Jo Jeeta Wohi Superstar.

I am sure with his super talent he is going to rock the show”. That’s not all; adding on to his fan list is Ranjit Barrot who has worked with him in the past. He further adds “I have worked with Sreeram in the past and his spirit is invincible”.

Salim Merchant who has always supported Sreeram and believed in him is also confident about his performances on the show, “He will win as he is the best!” Sreeram has been a favorite of all in the show, with his stupendous accomplishment in Indian Idol and big commercial success.



Not a couch potato

Do you know Adaa Khan’s favourite television show or her favourite actress? We spoke to gorgeous Adaa Khan about her television quotient. And she shares it all.

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

I watch television for three hours everyday with my mom. I don’t watch television at a stretch. If I have more time, I would prefer going out and do things than watch TV. Also, when I am home, my mom is watching TV, so I can’t watch programs I want to. I am not really a person who can sit whole day watching tv.

What are your favourite shows on TV? Who are your favourite personalities on TV?

I watch Balika Vadhu and used to see Behnein, of course. I used to like Smriti Irani. But among the recent ones, my mom and I like Pratyusha from Balika Vadhu. She comes with very minimal or no makeup. It’s fun watching her.

What do you love the most about Indian serials?

I love Indian serials. The unnecessary, melodrama and being tortured by your mother-in-law, Indian audience love such things. I love the fact that Indian audiences adore such unbelievable things.

Your take on Indian news channels.

News channels are more concerned about gossip than actual news. They give importance to who’s getting married, who broke-up with whom. Because of tough competition and for better TRPs, they resort to such tactics. They sensationalise almost any news story.

Your earliest memories of Indian television.

I only remember Jungle Book series from my childhood. My elder brother and I desperately used to wait for Mowgli. I even have its title track as my ringtone.



Hit and miss

Karan Tacker celebrated his birthday with a great party with friends and family though he missed his dad who wasn’t in town. But worse was he missed out on the chance of driving an Audi A4 at the F1 Buddha circuit in New Delhi. The actor was invited but he couldn’t give his shooting a miss.

Aamir effect

Aamir Khan’s Satyamev Jayate made actors of Star Plus’ serial Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hain socially responsible. Aamir Khan’s newly launched Satyamev Jayate brought to the forefront actual circumstances of female foeticide. The entire crew of Ye Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai has taken it upon themselves to do something about the issue and Akshara and Naitik will be seen donating Rs 1 lakh to the NGO ‘Snehalay’. It is an act of becoming socially responsible and helping the needy. Kudos to the entire cast and crew of Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hain!



Shaleen’s emotional quotient

Shaleen Bhanot aka Ranveer from Star Plus’ Sajda...Tere Pyaar Main who plays an undercover agent is actually a very emotional person in real life. Recently during a visit to an orphanage in Bhopal, the actor who is very fond of kids got emotional.

He had gone to spend some quality time with the children and was in tears when he came to know how the parents of these children had abandoned them.

He said, “I am amazed how parents leave their children at strange places not even thinking what would happen to them or will they even survive.” To top it all; the generous actor was so moved that he donated money to the organisation to ensure that the children get their basic needs.



Batting for cricket

Even when Ravi Dubey aka Tej from the popular serial Saas Bina Sasural doesn’t get much time to catch thrilling IPL matches; he makes sure to record them on his DTH, so that after his shooting wraps up he can go back home and watch them at leisure. Ravi is a big cricket enthusiast and if given a chance he would like to form his very own team with the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Sehwag, Yuvraj, Ravi Shastri, Steve Waugh and Sir Don Bradman and name his team Ravi’s Trailblazers.

cricket crazy: Ravi Dubey

Reel & real bonding

Actor Shweta Tiwari and Karanvir Bohra share a special bond since the days of Kasauti Zindagi Kay. Karanvir reveals, “I have known Shweta since our show Kasuati, wherein she played the role of my character Prem’s mother Prerna. Though our age gap is merely two years but due to our reel life roles, we share a strong bond of a mother and son!” In fact, Shweta sent a message to Karanvir recently saying, “I am proud of my beta, way to go, along with a cake for his show’s success.”

The year ahead
Madan Gupta Spatu

If your birthday is May 12...

Self-improvement projects will pay off in more ways than one - you will feel better and confident about yourself. Money position improves as delayed payments are recovered. Your partner would be supportive and helpful. You will be highly sensitive to remarks made by your lover - you need to control your emotions and avoid doing anything that could worsen the situation. Added knowledge that you acquire would give you an edge when dealing with peers. Listen to the advice given by others - if you really want to be benefited.

Effectively managing the joint resources you have at your disposal will in due time lead to great success. Discussing your financial matters openly with an expert, and pooling this with your previous experiences as well as personal knowledge will arm you with the confidence and power you need to move forward. As strong and determined as you may be when striving for success, intelligence and thorough planning will give you the extra edge.

Those of the last decade can expect a hectic year with a wide variety of different tasks. It’s not the right time yet to start up their plans. It is a busy year for study and career, but at the same time you should not neglect your regular study schedule. It is necessary to devote some time for your studies.

The year is positive for money matters, as gains will come due to hardwork as well as smart ideas. Income will be high and major deals are possible. Investments are not recommended at all. Good liquidity is indicated. Friends may provide useful and insightful information. Keep all of your best friends ‘on your side’ and spend good quality time with them. You may have some minor problem with your hearing, so see an ear specialist. Apart from that, you’ll be in fine form. Regular exercise, meditation and yoga will prove beneficial.

Communication with your partner could be frustrating and agitating. The reason for this stems from a difference of opinion concerning the future and how quick the changes should be approached. Try to keep an open mind as you might like some of the ideas stemming from a fresh and different perspective.

Mood: Creative and eager. Compatible signs: Gemini, Taurus. Lucky colours: Pale golden rod, Purple. Lucky days: Friday and Saturday. Lucky numbers: 1, 5, 11, 15

Lucky gem: Fluorite - the gemstone for spiritual awakening. Lucky flower:  Jasmine.

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ARIES: Today love and travel figure prominently. You can put yourself in line for a promotion or salary increase. The accent is on pleasure. Strong feelings can overwhelm you and distort your sense of perspective. Tarot message: Don’t reveal your plan of action to anyone. Lucky colour: Pink. Magic number: 63

TAURUS: Make more of an effort to attain harmony. Communication can assume greater importance. Don’t let the petty aspects take over what is rewarding. An opportunity to work in advertising might come your way. Tarot message: Don’t do anything at the cost of health. Lucky colour: Aqua. Magic number: 59

GEMINI: You will meet exciting people. Health problem will slow you. Take it easy this morning. Some of you will have a romantic day with your loved ones and will be reluctant to make any changes all day long. Tarot message: Make compromises outside and come to terms within yourself. Lucky colour: Purple. Magic number: 36

CANCER: Love life is sparklingly beautiful. Enjoy the pleasurable vibes and plan a relaxing day. Take up a hobby for mental stimulation. A friend might try to talk you into doing something you would rather not do. Say no and be done with it. Tarot message: Do not expect too much from others. Lucky colour: White. Magic number: 50

LEO: A piece of good news will cheer you up. Bizfolk, do not invest your money in hasty concluded deals. Don’t click on one of those flashing winner signs on the Internet. Tarot message: Lack of confidence or lack of caution can leave you in losses; so be confident. Lucky colour: Forest green. Magic number: 35

VIRGO: A promotion to a management position might trigger self-doubt. A level of anxiety could interfere with your sense of well-being. Get outside for a walk and visit a local scenic spot. Tarot message: Don’t make hasty decisions as it could lead to a waste of time and money. Lucky colour: Crimson. Magic number: 33

LIBRA: Take things step by step. Sportsmen, sincerity is the key to success. Speculate only if you are ready to lose money. Make sure you join a reputable organisation, then reap the spiritual rewards. Tarot message: Don’t waste an opportunity by being rash or impulsive. Lucky colour: Saffron. Magic number: 25 

SCORPIO: Working women, take complete rest today. Housewives, financially you will feel secure. Don’t expect people to make compromises. Stop worrying about what other people think of you. Tarot message: Learn from a past experience and desist from making a similar mistake again. Lucky colour: Peach. Magic number: 25

SAGITTARIUS: You may fall in love while travelling or attending a conference. Partnership issues are likely to surface. Face facts, talk to your partner with love and honesty, changes can occur. Tarot message: Be determined and increase your self-confidence which will be on trial. Lucky colour: Mauve. Magic number: 31

CAPRICORN:Keep your wits about you and try to pause if agitated. This will allow your mind the chance to catch up to your emotions. Colleagues might step on your toes or try to bully you. Tarot message: Be articulate to prevent people from making their own conclusions. Lucky colour: Yellow. Magic number: 42

AQUARIUS: There will be good opportunities to show your artistic flare. Loved ones will do what they can to solve problems. Once you get going, the pace will pick up. People will try to influence you. Tarot message: Dare to accomplish those tasks which normally take up a lot of time. Lucky colour: Red. Magic number: 52

PISCES: The card Six of Wands emphasis on fun, frolics and accelerated social activities. Your effort will not go unnoticed by superiors. Love letter and other heartening communications are promised. Tarot message: Do not swing away from the course you have charted so far. Lucky colour: Orange. Magic number: 40

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