Hair they come
Hair stylists Vipul Chudasama and Sumit Israni, who have styled many a celeb, showcase the bridal look of this season
Manpriya Singh

They know how to make their presence felt. While the spokespersons at Cannes are out to make the perfect appearance, cut to Chandigarh, the L'Oreal Professional's dream team is here to demonstrate the 'look and learn' session from The Royal Wedding Collection 2012. And while Vipul Chudasama is working his magic on stage, with a liberal doze of hair spray, there is just about time to catch up with the other stylists.

Chic Style

Sumit Israni

He's probably the next on stage and there's only a limit to what the thirty-one-year old would like to share of his fourteen years journey as a professional stylist. Sumit Israni is as of now styling for a Shahid-Priyanka movie. "I started my training with Dessange Paris and Jean Louis David, then Tony and Guy and came back to India." A couple of awards and honours followed. "I've done Kingfisher calendar and shoots for the magazines. I have also styled Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, Nicole Kidman, Sonia Gandhi and Aishwarya Rai." We bet the list is much longer!

"Nargis Fakhri has very long, light-coloured hair; Chitrangada Singh has layers that suit her. Hillary Clinton has short hair; we recently gave a lengthy look to her bob-cut. We styled Michelle Obama for the President's function when she was in India." As of now, he's all set to create some sensuous waves on stage. "It's a style in which there's volume on one side and symmetry on the other; it's a very versatile style that can be paired with traditional look and yet is good for those who don't want antique styles. Indian brides' dupattas are very heavy; so the dupatta will stay, even when you dance… it can be teamed up with tikkas." His parting message: "We all pay attention to the clothes, jewellery, accessories; it's time the hair of the bride got due attention."

Professional touch

Vipul Chudasama

Vipul Chudasama, the artistic development consultant, has just come down from the stage after creating a Mohawk-inspired style, which is too dressy but seems just right for the ramp or for 'a bride ready to experiment'. "Most people go for straight hair, curly hair or out-curls; the idea is to do something different." There are half-a-dozen things that need to fall in place. "The most important is the shape of the face; then comes the personality of the client, we are given training and we impart training on how to judge the client - how she speaks and the aura, length of the hair." Then, literally, consultations follow and the right style for the occasion is worked out. Something he's been doing for the past ten years now. "I was born in Gujarat and brought up in Mumbai." Training to be a chartered accountant, he ended up doing something diametrically opposite. "From dealing with statistics and figures to dealing with shapes and sizes. I used to visit my cousin at his L'Oreal salon…" Internship with Tony and Guy, L'oreal Colour trophy, stint with Enriche chain of salons as a consultant followed and the rest as they say is history!

There is no way he's dishing out the clichéd pearls of wisdom! "I would never say this is good or that is bad. You need to visit a professional salon and a stylist for recommendations." He sums up, "Wedding too is all about consultations." 

Musical Mix
Jasmine Singh

Pakistani singer Arif Lohar's Jugni got thumbs-up from both the generations and both schools — the younger and the older; from traditional folk music lovers and also from those who like it with a contemporary touch! The second season of Coke Studio@MTV is set to create the same feat by giving dedicated episodes to alternative artists. Instead of regular ho-gaya-pyar Bollywood notes, this season will see artists touch 'bass' with their roots! Hari and Sukhami are two such artists from Chandigarh who feature in one of the episodes of MTV Coke Studio.

We are talking about 'pure' innovation and musical concoction here, and Hari Singh and Sukhmani Malik understand as well as decode it completely.

Hari Singh, singer, producer and audio engineer, increases the notes with his electronic skills; Sukhmani Malik, on the other hand, is a trained Hindustani classical vocalist from Rampur Gharana. Both the artists are back in Chandigarh after their live recording for the second season.

"We will be singing our own version of challa with live instruments, percussion and esraj," says Hari, who feels the song has a lot of folk content. "The song challa doesn't belong to a particular person. It has been popularised by many artists and each one of them have come out with their own versions."

If 'folk' is something that you would leave a generation behind you to relate to, the two artists are known to combine eclecticism with contemporary folk beats from Punjab; except that there is a different kind of music that flows here.

The second season of Coke Studio@MTV will showcase diversity and innovation through eight unique episodes, twelve breakthrough producers and over two-hundred incredible musicians. The first season, however, did not get a thumbs-up from all quarters. "The problem with the first season wasn't the lack of artists, but that it was a concept that was already done before! This season, however, other than big names in the music fraternity, the participation of best sound engineers, hi-end instruments and best technology will enhance the overall scenario," adds Hari, who has been touring nationally and internationally with Sukhmani Malik for various music concerts.


Beat it

The second season of the much-awaited Coke Studio@MTV has loads to offer. Says Wasim Basir, director, Integrated Marketing Communications, Coca-Cola India, "Coke Studio@MTV Season 2 will see musicians from varied genres come together and collaborate to create original music. Staying true to the core idea of a Fusion Music Project, the property will see independent, classical, folk EDM and popular artists combine their creative energies in a rare live performance." Big names from the music industry, including Amit Trivedi, Nitin Sawhney, Karsh Kale, Ehsaan & Loy, Clinton Cerejo, Shantanu Moitra, Hitesh Sonik, Shilpa Rao, Jalebee Cartel, Master Saleem, Swanand Kirkire, Piyush Mishra, Shankar Tucker, Kaushiki Chakrawarty, among others, will be part of the extravaganza.

Traditional touch
Jasmine Singh

You thought only youth-oriented channels, MTV or Channel V, can create fashion icons? Back in Punjab we share a chit chat with our own traditionally contemporary style diva —Satinder Satti. In Chandigarh to be a brand ambassador of a fashion store, Satti has defined fashion on stage.

"Punjabis don't accept anything that is too contemporary, at the same time I feel times have changed and women need to look their best," says Satti, who defines her own styling. "I combined both traditional and contemporary wear in a neat manner that looks trendy and graceful as well." Satinder has put in her best in her album Rubaru and will be performing in Virginia shortly. "I have combined my passion and style into one. When I go abroad I am aware of the fact that I am representing a culture so I dress up suitably," she adds with a smile.

Anchors in Punjab are going jazzy with their looks, but for Satti nothing can beat an elegant salwar kameez. 

Travelling right?
While travelling abroad one has to be particularly careful about one’s conduct. Read on to know the dos and don’ts of travel etiquettes
Jigyasa Kapoor Chimra

From fighting for space, to exchange of seats and shoving luggage in the overhead compartment; Indian tourists are precieved to be loud and lacking in etiquette. So much so that several travel agencies hand out a list of dos and don’ts when travelling abroad. Though that is not the case with all, even a few can spoil the image.

Talking about the behavioural problems of Indian tourists, Gagan Salithia, an employee of telecom says, “We cannot tag all, but yes, behaviour of certain Indians is attracting criticim expecially in South-East Asia. I have visited Thailand twice and noticed that Thai people are not very pleasant towards Indians. We have brought this on ourselves. They have an open culture and our men tend to make unpleasent comments to their women and click pictures on the beach. And that sure creates a lot of problem with the community and leaves them thinking that all Indians are the same.”

That’s not all. From stealing toiletries to jumping the queue—the list of things that where we go wrong is quite a long one. “It’s embarrassing when a hotel manager tells you that most Indians take away the toiletries, especially the perfumes, moisturisers and shampoos with them,” says Gurpreet Kaur, a business woman from Mohali. She adds, “That’s not all. Once a manager told us that it takes more time to clean a room vacated by Indians as compared to others. And that was certainly embarrasing.”

Agrees her husband Harmanpreet Dhillon, “I have seen fellow passengers stealing airline cutlery and even tissues from washrooms. It’s embarrassing to say the least and this sure shows us in a bad light.”

Fussing over food and lack of punctuality is another problem that most tour operators complain about. Manu Sood, an avid traveller and tour operator from Travel Himdarshan in Shimla, says, “Tour operators work on time deadline and when travelling internationally one has to stick to the deadline. Being in the business, I have rarely seen Indian tourists on time. People abroad are particular of time and there are time slots for visting various places and Indians do not practice

Well, Aamir Khan has been promoting Athiti devo bhavah from quite a time now, and the same holds good while travelling abroad too. Talking loudly or jumping the queue or stealing towels and toilitiries is definitely not cool!

Master Chef
Low-carb luscious!

Kandla Nijhowne

Low-carb luscious!

Fruit and yoghurt parfait

2 cups chopped mango, strawberries and banana

2 tbsp “shakkar” or sugar

4 tbsp rolled oats

2 tbsp slivered almonds

2 tbsp broken walnuts

2 cups thick yoghurt, preferably low fat

¼ tsp vanilla essence

2 tbsp crushed whole-meal cookies (optional)

The wise ones have preached since times immemorial that we eat like a king at the breakfast table. It’s medically proven that we indeed should pack a whopping punch in the morning hours so it boosts our energy levels for extended sustenance. Don’t we easily get bored of the same old start to the day with the same old layout? Now, let’s tick off on our fingertips....we know we need carbs. We should have

fresh fruit. We need nuts for “shakti” and we don’t need excessive sugars. Poor me! I so love my sweetened tea or coffee all the time! I bring you a perfect blend of the goodies in a parfait, fit for a king! It ticks all the boxes and remains light though luscious! The pretty stemmed goblets are not optional. It’s a must, for it will brighten anyone’s day!


l Dry roast the almonds, walnuts till fragrant. Remove from pan and cool.

l Tip in the rolled oats in the hot pan and toss briefly for 3-5 minutes.

l Mix half the “shakkar” into the fruit. Keep chilled.

l Stir in vanilla and the other half of the shakkar into the yoghurt.

l Line up 4 pretty stemmed goblets to receive the parfait components.

l Layer together the yoghurt, fruit, oats and the nuts in each goblet, finishing off with nuts and

crushed cookies if using.

l Serve chilled and watch out for the warm smiles!

(Nijhowne is a Chandigarh- based culinary expert)

Sense & sensitivity 
Simmi Waraich

My husband speaks to me quite rudely. He is a busy man and likes things his way. If I want anything in the house, he objects to it. I get very upset and am unable to get up for a few days. I get very negative. My children are supportive. I took some medicine which helped. My husband otherwise does not deny me anything monetarily or otherwise. I am a housewife and do not work.

— Kavita, Chandigarh

At times we fall into a pattern of interaction. We become sensitive to what some people say to us and it triggers off anger or sadness in us. We expect to be treated fairly and get upset when we are yelled at. Women often feel more hurt at things said by those they feel are close to them. However, remember that when you get angry, your blood actually boils, hormones are released, picture that happening. Is it worth it? At times just sit down and let your body relax. Take 4-5 deep breaths. Re-assess why he does that? Maybe it is just habit. Instead of expecting him to change, ask yourself whether it is worth it. At times others, even people close to us will be unreasonable. Sometimes we are unreasonable too. Calmly talking to a third person about the incident can help too to bring down the blood pressure.

Life is about choices. We can choose to react calmly with a person who is unreasonable with us. We can talk to a third person - that often helps us to see that maybe your husband had a valid point too. We can talk out things instead of letting it upset us. So continue to work on it. And continue to see your doctor if the medicine helped.

Is past life regression helpful?

— Aman, Chandigarh.

Some people do past life regression. Brian Weiss, an American psychiatrist popularised it with his books on the subject. However, what actually helps may be other factors as past life regression includes hypnosis, relaxation, forming a bond with the therapist - these factors by themselves may help a person. A person who seeks past life regression is already motivated to do so-so. They tend to believe the therapist—for others who are skeptical it may not help much. It is not that regressing to an earlier life helps— what may help is the belief in the process.

If you have issues you need to resolve now, why should going to a past life help? Dealing with the issues in this life may help more.

(Waraich is a Chandigarh-based psychiatrist)

celeb point
Life in Bollywood
Divya datta

I wonder sometimes—choosing not a run of the mill career can have a very interesting impact!

Back home in Punjab, I used to observe mom, a civil surgeon, working so hard—tours, meetings, patients…phew! Superwoman, but she used to be back in the evening. And then that was our relaxation time. I have noticed, however busy you are, you would have that quality time to yourself. And a secure planned life where everything is pre-decided—I’d study this subject, then go for this profession and then marry and have a normal life. This is how a normal person thinks.

I did it too, till I took up a profession which had its own rules, own timings! When I came to Mumbai, I was taken aback by the unpredictability that comes with this profession. A day I was told that I was doing a certain film. The next day, someone else was given the role!

One day you are planning to go for your shooting when you come to know that it’s been postponed. One day you have a meeting in the morning only to be informed later that the time and venue have been changed. A life full of unpredictability! What the next moment holds, you do not know. And the quest to achieve the unpredictable, makes you rush all the time. Meet this one, story narration, shoots, dress trials, interviews—bhag bhag, bas bhag daud!

Here even if you are doing just one meeting a day, you would not know where the day went. Forget your evening quality time!

But I love all that and I am so conditioned to it. The journey to the unknown, unpredictable destination, full of surprises unfolding every moment, but the achievements you make on the way and the happiness and contentment. The sense of achievement is addictive, so much so that I forgot how to sit idle even for a while. I am not saying it’s a good habit but guess the rushed-up lifestyle with no time bindings have taken me away from the sense of just being by myself!

I went for a day to meet my relatives in Delhi after shoot. I loved it, relaxed and chilled out! But after a while I was restless. “Kya hua,” they asked. Bas, enough of relaxations! I need to do some work.

They looked at me weirdly! Bete, tum log kya mehnat karte ho! Bas makeup karo aur shoot, aish hai!”

Then I smiled. I was missing everything behind that aish. My bhag daud, my travels, my meetings, my interviews, my quest, my desire to achieve! The unpredictable and yet, the most satisfying.

(Dutta is a Bollywood actor)

A complete package...

Kunal Kohli’s new film Teri Meri Kahaani starring Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra is a tribute to the love sagas of the 90s with modern twists, quite similar to the movie Love Aaj Kal which had multiple love stories over different eras. But the catchy thing about the movie is the track Mukhtasar. Sajid and Wajid have done quite a good job with this one and Parsoon Joshi too, with the wonderful lyrics.

Addictive tune

The piano melody keeps you hooked while the electronic beats may keep this one a fixture in the clubs. It is certainly one of the best songs on the album, especially for Wajid’s vocals which are so addictive and lovely.

Rohit Bajaj, student, PU

Grabbing eye balls

This is one of the songs that may have staying power beyond the movie’s release because even if the movie flops, I will still love the song. It has such a youthful and colourful video that attracts anyone’s attention.

Tanvi Sharma, student, MCM College

Awesome chemistry

The tune is bubbly and I just can’t stop dancing when I hear this song. Shahid and Priyanka look wonderful together.

— Gitika Khanna, student, MCM College

(As told to Sabia Talwar)

For a stronger back
Anil juneja

Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana is an invigorating seated side bending posture. In Sanskrit, parivrtta means revolved, janu means knee and sirsa means head. Thus Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana is the revolved head-knee pose. Though it is called revolved head-to-knee but it is very difficult to make contact between these two parts of the body. Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana opens the hips and deeply stretches the side of the body from hips to the fingertips. Abdominal organs are contracted and stretched on both sides.  It also alleviates the disorders of the abdominal organs, the liver, the kidney, the spleen and strengthens them. It’s a great method of stretching the spine, shoulders, groins and hamstring of the extended leg. It is very helpful in improving the digestive system.

 To start with, sit on the mat with your legs stretched straight in front of you. Bend your right knee and bring the sole of your right foot to the inner left thigh. Lean your torso over to the left, and hold the big toe from the inside of your left foot with your left hand, bringing the back of your left forearm to the floor inside your left leg. Begin to twist your torso away from the left leg, opening your chest to the right. If your left arm is inside the left leg, you can press the arm into the leg for resistance as you twist. Bring the gaze forward, letting the head and neck follow the twist in the spine, but do not over rotate the neck. Raise the right arm overhead and let the right biceps come over the right ear. Keep the left foot flexed. After 4-6 breaths, release your big toe and come back up to sit and switch the position of your legs to twist on the other side.

(Juneja is a yoga expert)

Star track
Footnote on Saifeena

Shoe fetish: Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan 

Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan are among the most adored and stylish couples in the country. Saif's known for his sophisticated, princely style while Kareena is very feminine and classic in her approach to style. They both are obsessed with shoes and looking good from head-to-toe is a priority for both of them. The gorgeous couple is a brand ambassador for Metro shoes. They talk about their association with the brand, their love for shoes, and more.

What are your favourite colours for shoes? How many pairs of shoes do you have?

Kareena: I love red and gold colours in shoes. I have about 100 pairs and I do not even know that some of them belong to me. Shoes are the most important accessory for a girl.

Saif: I love black and brown shoes. I love everything to be organised so I have 2-3 cupboards of shoes.

How much money do you spend on shoes? What is the maximum amount till now that you have spent on them?

Kareena: When it comes to shoes, money is no issue because the fit and colour are more important. I do not remember how much money I have spent on shoes. It just has to look good and feel comfortable.

Saif: The maximum amount of money to spend on shoes would be quite a lot and it is not a good idea to say it in public. I can say that it is more than my monthly phone bill on international calls.

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of Metro shoes?

Kareena: Signing Metro shoes works for us because they are cool and fashionable shoes. People associate me with fashion. Metro completely represents that. The brand is fashionable and caters to everybody and they have a huge selection of night wear, party wear, day wear, club wear, and other shoes under one roof. That is the way I like to shop. I need to represent the brand that I endorse

Saif: For some reason, movies pop into my head. Metro is named after Metro Cinema. Metro makes me think of style, elegance, and leather. It is good quality footwear with grace and style.

Kareena loves shoes. But what do you think of shoes? How important are they to you?

Saif: I was told that you can tell a lot about the person from the kind of shoes they wear. I think a doctor told me that the bed you sleep in, the chair you sit on, and the shoes you wear are very important because this is where and this is how you spend most of your life. Shoes have to be of good quality. It is important for me that the woman in my life wears great shoes. Perhaps, sometimes she could wear nothing else but shoes!

You both are very stylish. Do you advice each other or argue over clothes and shoes?

Kareena: Saif prefers wearing Indian formals. I prefer him in Western formals and Western shoes. So we argue over that sometimes.

Saif: Kareena asks for my opinion but does not listen to me. Would you believe me if I told you that I take longer than her to get ready? — HRM

Preity takes on media

Blunt talk: Preity Zinta

While Kangana Ranaut is allegedly hunting for an apartment in LA, Mallika Sherawat has already settled there. But Preity Zinta has no such plans. She denied reports of her buying any house in US.

"I'd like to clarify I've not bought any house in the US as stated in the media! My younger bro lives there for the past 15 years (sic)," she said.

The actress also criticised Indian media for not reporting facts. "Don't know what to believe when I see news in India. Lot of misreporting and inaccuracies. I can say that because I've been in the middle of it sometimes. From what actually happens to what gets reported is a joke. Everything gets dramatised and given a filmy touch. No maturity and accountability? Why? Not making this comment because someone upset me. I was making a general observation and feeling bad as to how sometimes press reports inaccurate news," she added.

Same place, different ways

Shah Rukh Khan has been the king of controversy this week. Both Salman and SRK reside in the same area of Bandra, suburban Mumbai. Mehboob Studios is nearby for both of them. So, SRK was shooting for a commercial there and we heard that Salman Khan hung around the area till the former finished and then he made his entry.

Shah Rukh in; Salman out of Madame Tussauds world tour!

Better luck next time: Salman Khan

In a surprising development, megastar Salman Khan and Madhuri Dixit's wax statues will not be appearing at the world tour of Madame Tussauds Bollywood superstar collection.

However, statues of four other superstars namely Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan and Kareena Kapoor will be travelling to Hong Kong and Bangkok among other world cities to be announced shortly, as part of the museum's plan to tap the Bollywood fan base at these places.

At Hong Kong, the statues will be showcased in the museum's World Premiere Zone alongside the wax figure of Amitabh Bachchan. Since Big B already has a wax statue in Hong Kong, his statue at London won't be travelling to the Asian city.

"It's just been a little over four years, when Salman's wax statue was inaugurated with much fanfare at Madame Tussauds. Moreover, it's been a favourite among fans and also known to be one of the most photographed there, at par with the ones of Shah Rukh, Hrithik and Amitabh Bachchan. Strange, that it'll be missing the world tour," remarked a Bollywood insider.

"This will be a big disappointment for Salman's fans across nations," he added. It sure would be, considering Salman has now emerged the biggest of the three reigning Khans at the box-office, with huge hits like Wanted, Dabangg, Ready and Bodyguard under his belt, while his contemporary Shah Rukh has given flops like Ra.One.

Wonder why Shah Rukh has received preferred treatment over Salman by Madame Tussauds inspite of being tainted by controversies off late. First, was the brawl with Farah Khan's husband Shirish Kunder. And now, we have the controversy about his tussle with security at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai during the IPL cricket matches, allegedly invoking a five year ban on SRK by the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA).

Leone gets steamy

Jism 2 is being shot currently in Sri Lanka and Sunny Leone gets steamy with Randeep Hooda. For a change, the adult-film star is keeping her clothes on and Randeep and Sunny took an entire day to get their scene right.


Back on track

All set: Ranveer Singh

Ranveer Singh has recuperated from his back injury and is back on his feet. The snow set for Lootera is being recreated so the film will roll again soon. It is releasing in March and is a period romance with Sonakshi and Ranveer.

Dolly Bindra targets Veena Malik

The terror lady of Bigg Boss, Dolly Bindra, has targeted Pakistani nautanki Veena Malik, who has been on Indian shores filming two to three low-budget movies in Bollywood. On her recent tip to Veena's homeland Pakistan, Dolly not only raised her voice in her trademark style, but also her shoe, gesturing that she is ready to throw one at the Pakistani starlet Veena when she comes face-to-face with her again! o


Racing with fun 

Chilled out: Bipasha Basu

Bipasha Basu is having a great time in Cyprus. She swims for two hours every day, soaks up the sun, goes shopping, and gorges on seafood. She is there to shoot her role in Race 2. She loves it that people don't recognise her!

Less for more!

Anushka Sharma has clinched a deal for a two-wheeler brand. Katrina Kaif was being considered but rumour has it that Anushka cut her endorsement fee to seal the deal. She is also giving a couple of extra days for shooting. Smart girl!

Mumbai times

Shruti Hassan has bought an apartment to reside in Mumbai in the suburb of Bandra. It is a sprawling 2 BHK. She is familiar with Bandra and her mom and sister live close by. Moreover, she is getting many film offers so it makes sense to make Mumbai her base.

chatter box
Kritika speaks her mind...

happy time: Kritika Kamra

Kritika Kamra, who is currently seen in Sony’s Kuch Toh Log Kahenge, is glad that the time slot of her show will soon change. She is also happy that the track of the show has become interesting. She talks about her show and rumours that upsets her.

How are you feeling about Kuch Toh Log Kahenge shifting to 11 pm?

It feels great as we have always enjoyed better TRPs for the repeat telecast at 11 pm than at 8pm. From the beginning, our show did well at 11 and the story has now taken a twist post Dr Nidhi and Dr Ashutosh’s wedding. People who were watching the show at 11 will be happy to catch the episode as mainly our show is for urban audiences.

Do you think the show got tough competition from Balika Vadhu and Iss Pyaar Ko Kyaa Naam Doon which aired at 8 pm?

Honestly speaking, there is no competition because people who have been watching Balika Vadhu will be watching it any way. The target audiences of both the shows are really different. TRPs matter to the channel and the producer. As an actor, you don’t really have to worry about them as long as you are putting in your best.

You seem to have settled comfortably with co-star Sharad Kelkar as Dr Ashutosh.

Yes, the transition was smooth and we were comfortable from day one. It helped in the romantic scenes. Post Sharad’s entry, the story was altered to show Nidhi and Ashutosh together.

Rumours are that you are doing a show with Karan Kundra?

They are false rumours as I am not doing any show. In fact I am angry.


I am hurt about the rumours of me doing a dance reality show with him while faking my relationship. 



Blame game

 A still from Punar Vivah Lots of drama is coming up in Zee TV’s Punar Vivah as Aarti (Kratika Sengar) is blamed for Yash’s (Gurmeet Choudhary) injury.

Though Gayatri who blames Aarti, wants her to leave her home, Aarti will announce that she won’t leave till Yash recovers.

A still from Punar Vivah

The story is…

In the upcoming episodes of Star Plus’ Ek Doorse Se Karte Hai Pyaar Hum, Sanyukta loses the competition on purpose which Mridudala notices. Winner Susheela later tells Aniket that she knows about his desire to get married. Susheela then tells Sanyukta about Aniket’s desire to get married and Sanyukta confronts her.

A taste of reel marriage

Krishna aka Mitali Nag in Zee’s Afsar Bitiya is getting married to Pintu Singh aka Kinshuk Mahajan and in her eagerness to show her friends and family what a fake wedding is like, Mitali apparently called them on the sets. They participated happily for the baraat sequence.

What’s happening next?

In the upcoming episodes of Life OK’s Mahadev, Vishnu is concerned with Mahadev’s state of mind, who carries sati’s body in his arms and aimlessly roams. Tarkasur knows about Sati’s body and Shiv being on earth and does Maha Mutyujay Jaap to get him back. Nandi finds Shiv who slaps him and tells him to go away.


All for the meaty role

Calling it quits: Daljeet Kaur Bhanot

Daljeet Kaur Bhanot aka Anjali in Star Plus’ Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon isn’t happy with her role in the show anymore and is planning to quit. Apparently she has got a better role in another show but isn’t going on record to claim so.



Out of hiatus

Comeback trail: Anita Raaj

Film actor Anita Raaj will soon be seen on television. She had done roles in TV shows Aashiqui and Eena Meena Deeka a decade ago. Now she has been signed on for a romantic story produced by Ila Bedi Dutta called Jai Siya Ram.

Playing host

If fashion, style and glamour is what you love, then hold on to your seats as Big CBS Love, the diva destination, is all set to capture the true essence of urban women with its third home grown property – I Love Style. As the name suggests the show is designed to feature everything around ‘living in style’.

From products to luxury experiences the show will talk about all the things desired by those who appreciate luxe. To further emphasize on the concept & content of the show, Big CBS Love has roped in the drop-dead-gorgeous, Karishma Naina Sharma to anchor I Love Style.

Karishma has also hosted entertainment events with celebrities like Shah Rukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan as a successful and entertaining anchor. I Love Style will see some of the biggest names from the fashion industry. Designers and fashion experts on the show will share tips on various aspects of beauty, fashion and lifestyle. Together, Karishma Naina Sharma and the fashion designers are going to bring a show that the women just won’t be able to resist. So if you dreamt of becoming a true fashionista then watch out for I Love Style with the gorgeous, Karishma Naina Sharma only on Big CBS Love.

Astro turf
P Khurrana

ARIES: Your card The Universe favours good progress in your profession and business. Be wary of a situation where it would be easy to make a mistake, you will inevitably repent later. Light reading will keep you busy. Tarot message: Do not let anyone take advantage of you. Lucky colour: Bottle green. Magic number: 25

TAURUS: Your card The Moon reveals a romantic interest. If you have a lover, this is the day to treat them to a generous gift. Don’t rely on luck alone, though. Money will be important to you today. Tarot message: Don’t be too certain about obtaining a clearance. Lucky colour: Purple. Magic number: 38

GEMINI: An unexpected bonus could appear in your paycheck. Dress for success to make a great impression on employers. Style is everything now, so understand the latest fashions. Tarot message: Do not swing away from the course you have charted so far. Lucky colour: Yellow. Magic number: 29

CANCER: Fresh strategies are in order but initially there may be some hit-and-miss incidents. Household task can be done in record time. Speculation would be most unwise. No problem should arise in romance. Tarot message: Capitalise on your strength and do not trust others. Lucky colour: Orange. Magic number: 60

LEO: Boring routine jobs can be made more bearable through teamwork. A level of stress may be building, especially if you face unpaid bills or financial issues re-weigh on your mind. Keep your head cool as far as possible. Tarot message: Focus on better to mitigate the bitter. Lucky colour: Black. Magic number: 59

VIRGO: Many of you will scurry to be on time, frantically trying to complete all the tasks on to-do lists before the day is out. Make efforts to conclude pending projects. Secrecy will help you at work place. Tarot message: Wait and watch. Impatience will lead to failure. Lucky colour: Cream. Magic number: 54

LIBRA: Caring conversations and heart-to-heart talks flow easily. Health problem can be successfully handled. This is a good day for both buying and selling property. Be wary of over-confidence which could lead to recklessness. Tarot message: Unfinished business will unleash new problems. Lucky colour: Grey. Magic number: 39

SCORPIO: A burst of domestic enthusiasm can sweep into cleaning and decorating your home. Married people will enjoy togetherness. Love will bloom in your life today. Take your lover out for a dinner. Tarot message: You need to cultivate understanding humility. Lucky colour: Ebony. Magic number: 63

SAGITTARIUS: Differences of opinion within the family could reach a boiling point. It is important to calm down the situation before it gets out of control. Tarot message: If you are tempted to travel overseas don’t waste money by financing the trip yourself. Lucky colour: Saffron. Magic number: 27

CAPRICORN: If you are not okay about a relationship, finance or career issues, take positive action rather than stewing about it. An important meeting or travel may have to be shelved. Tarot message: Dare to accomplish those tasks which normally take up a lot of time. Lucky colour: Camel. Magic number: 40

AQUARIUS: Check newspaper and internet guides for what is on in your area. You win over an enemy or an adversary. Family life is charged with tension. Writers will find their work in print. Tarot message: Do not swing away from the course you have charted so far. Lucky colour: Mauve. Magic number: 49

PISCES: Love life is passing through a rough phase. The married will buy a piece of jewellery for their spouse. Feel-good humour and cosmic wisdom will weave into your affairs. Kindness is spreading around you. Tarot message: Be positive and think carefully before taking action. Lucky colour: Turquoise. Magic number: 42

The year ahead
Madan Gupta Spatu

If your birthday is May 23...

For mental peace, involve yourself in some donation and charity work. Investment made in the current year will enhance your prosperity and financial security. Activities with friends will be enjoyable, but do not volunteer to spend otherwise you will reach home with empty pockets!

Revisiting and reprioritising your long-term goals, both in your current position and in your career, is just as important as cleaning up that virtual desktop. Then watch for a big idea, be ready and willing to do what it takes to make it work. You could feel discouraged by the trials and tribulations that concern your professional life and you’ll tend to over-exaggerate your concerns. Employees could have some issues with a superior. First of all, try to control your rage. Students will get serious about their education and regular attention to their studies will see them doing exceptionally well. Those appearing for an examination can work towards achieving distinctive grades that seem to be within their reach. Ask for what you need and use that time to put your foot down if you must. Avoid being a part of a conflicting situation. A long talk fixes an old problem and puts you back in control. If you have given money on loan or have kept it as deposits, it is better to retrieve it and keep in security or fixed deposits in a bank. Those employed will do well, though an expected promotion may get deferred.

Mood: Likeable. Compatible signs: Taurus, Virgo. Lucky colours: Gorgeous yellow, Almond yellow. Lucky days: Sunday and Monday. Lucky numbers: 2, 3, 18, 22, 23. Lucky gem: Diamond – Gemstone of Venus. Lucky flower: Sunflower.

Laurel Holloman (May 23, 1971) is a famous American actress who celebrates this day with you. She is best known for her roles as Randy Dean. In 1995, she began her film career with her breakout role as baby butch Randy Dean in The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love for which she received critical acclaim. She has performed admirable roles in the The Myth of Fingerprints, Boogie Nights and Tumbleweeds. 

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