Like a free bird
A birthday gift by way of a story from her husband led to Soul Cages, a dance choreography that Bharatanatyam exponent Savitha Sastry brought to Chandigarh...
Nonika Singh

Pretty and petite Bharatanatyam exponent Savitha Sastry has taken it upon her slender shoulders to carry forward the tradition of her dance form, but not in the time-tested manner of yore. Rather she wants to free the form from various 'isms' and make it accessible, more importantly understood by a cross-section of the audience.

Her solo performance Soul Cages, which she brought to Chandigarh , is a case in point — an example of what she wants to do with the dance style she has been dedicated to since she was six years old. She recalls, "When I was growing up and learning dance, adherence to classicism was like Bible and nobody could deviate from the traditional repertoire." Today she is grateful for that conformity for without the strong foundation she would not have been able to create anew.

The need to move in a different direction was felt by her when her husband AK Srikanth questioned her, "If classical dance in its pure form is so beautiful why is that people walk away in the middle of concerts, often while a particular dance piece is still being performed?" Hubby dearest's comment, even if somewhat cryptic, set her thinking and the result was a choreography Music Within, her first tentative foray into world of experimentation and first collaborative effort with her life partner. Not too happy with her endeavour for she felt the story of Music Within was too simplistic, "I wanted more depth and layers", she began searching for something more meaningful. A birthday gift by way of a story from none other than her husband led to Soul Cages, a dance choreography that was born exactly 400 days after the idea was first conceived. The performance, which has since been staged in several places to wide acclaim, has been a truly liberating experience for her. As she has used props, voiceover in English too and other elements like music, she observes, "The idea is not to challenge tradition, only to make it more engaging." So it pleases her no end when post performance viewers tell her, "It ran like a film."

Of course, her choreography is not showbiz or fusion for that matter. Using the grammar of Bharatanatyam, it's all about creating a new visual vocabulary and telling fresh original stories. She observes, "I think people have seen enough of Radha Krishna stories. They must be exposed to fresh ideas and vision, something different." But just in case you thought she is doing all this to be hatke, she qualifies, "I only want to emphasise that the beauteous art form whose strength lies in it grace and movements can be communicated effortlessly. Above all it's not boring and can connect with one and all." But for that she is adamant the style can't be stuck in a time-warp and needs to change.

Only too willing to be that change she is already thinking ahead. While yet another dance choreography, Yudh, exploring the duel within human mind is in the pipeline, also on the anvil is an academy where she will train dancers and change mindsets on what tradition means. Knocking down pigeonholes, as she breaks free, she hopes to inspire more and more aspiring dancers to soar the vast expanse of tradition minus the baggage of restrictive thinking!

Dream team

A K Srikanth, who spends 10 hours in the corporate world earning a living, is the man behind his wife Savitha Sastry's new flight. He draws from personal life, amalgamating fact with fiction. Soul Cages that he wrote delves into the metaphysical question of how rules of nature can't be muted, and that if there is life there is death and both are inextricable part of the cycle of life. Working together with the love of his life (they have known each other since high school days) comes easily. He can't say whether they are a dream team or not but, he collaborates with his wife on many aspects of her productions, including music.

Mystery between lines
Author Preeti Singh shares notes on her debut venture, Flirting With Fate …
Manpriya Singh

Preeti Singh Photo: S Chandan A chance meeting with a man who washes eggs in Dettol, an accidental run into a driver, she gets connected with spiritually in Kashmir, a pet named Amber Singh who talks plenty and expresses thoughts throughout the book…debut author Preeti Singh connected all the dots while ensuring that every character is as peculiar and as real as they come!

"Lot of people in my real life form a part of the book. In fact, I've even retained the names of some of them, the rest I changed only for the fear of being sued," she laughs while getting started about her first literary venture Flirting With Fate. "Five years back someone asked me to write a book and I was taken by surprise because I thought all I can pen down is a few romantic lines. I thought only the likes of Shobha De and Khushwant Singh write books."

The rest, as it seems, is history and sooner than later she found herself talking about the life of the protagonist, Anand. A beautiful looking boy in search of love, acceptance…who takes the easy path of crime, bloodshed, theft, rape, lies… "It's a story of an adopted orphan who's deprived in every which way all his life and to what extent a man can stoop when he is in search of everything he's been denied. Eventually he escapes everybody but not his own karma," says the Chandigarh-based author. "In fact, this thriller is a journey of a boy from childhood to youth, which makes him realise that one has to reap what one sows." The story is set in the backdrop of Shimla hills and the eighties era. "It is bereft of laptops or mobiles; you'll find only fiat cars, landlines and Doordarshan. People who grew up in that era will connect with it."

Old song, new tune
Singer-lyricist Piyush Mishra has pulled out an old composition in a new avatar for this season of Coke Studio
Jasmine Singh

Not all improvisations can be rubbished by comparing them with the originals. We found one such man who wouldn't mind a little tweaking after all. Piyush Mishra, singer, lyricist, music composer and actor is singing for the second season of Coke Studio, and he has pulled out an old composition for this!

"The name of the track is Husna, which has been re-composed by another producer. I had written the song for a play that I did in 1995. This is about an interaction between two lovers, who tell what happened to each after the Partition," says Piyush who is looking forward to the new version of the song.

Accentuating the feel of the song with electronic instruments is not a new thing, but does the old school of thought that loves 'originality' of compositions support it?

"The entire track has been recomposed and it has come out beautifully. I could have never imagined using drums or acoustic guitar in the original track, but it has come out really well," he says.

Instrumentation talking over the song, well this is not happening here. Says Piyush, "Firstly, the entire concept of live music is good, at least through this many old compositions come out of closet. At the same time, i personally prefer the song as it is composed without any touch up. I wouldn't mind some changes, if the originality is not being distorted to the core."

Piyush has already recorded his track at the Coke Studio and is now looking forward to music lovers to take note of it. One thing remains, "We don't get amazing compositions like we used to in the times of RD Burman, however, the entire emphasis is to bring out something new," he adds.

Another music enthusiast Wasim Basir, integrated marketing communication, Coca Cola India, says, "Music has no boundaries and this is the core idea behind Coke Studio@MTV. Some of India's most talented musicians have come together at a common platform, driven by a common cause to celebrate the pure joy and happiness of music. The music producers have taken the compositions to a new level. The happy energy of Coca-Cola will help people in India come together to find their voice and share it with the world through music.”

Know Mishra better

*While Piyush Mishra, who made his debut with Mani Ratnam’s Dil Se was at the NSD, 1986, he was considered for a role in the Sooraj Barjatya film Maine Pyar Kiya which would go on to become a blockbuster, "presumably" that of Prem which was played by Salman Khan. But for some reason, he did not make an effort.

A keen eye
Charandeep Singh Kapoor has invented a wrist-band that will help visually impaired people figure out currency notes of different denominations
Ashima Batish

Photo: Parvesh Chauhan Nothing but only keen observation leads to inventions — observation of needs, necessities…of how life can be made simpler and easier. All the technical help that we have around us is certainly because someone ‘just observed well’ and found the easier way out! Charandeep Singh Kapoor did exactly the same—just observed well. “How difficult it is for visually impaired people to figure out currency notes of different denominations? And I knew what I wanted to make,” says Charandeep, a student of NID, Ahmedabad.

So, he invented a wrist-band that will serve the purpose for the visually impaired. All that needs to be done is measure a note along the length of a wrist-band, which has been marked accordingly. “I wanted to make a device that is affordable and sustainable.” Whenever the Notex wristband (the name he has decided) will enter the market, it won’t be priced more than Rs 10. “Any amount costing more than that would have defeated the purpose.”

When Charandeep says this, he has facts in place to support the assertion, “Seventy per cent of the world’s blind population is in India. Ninety per cent of them fall below the poverty line.”

The device is thus for the masses. For the same reason, it has won Charandeep the prestigious Core 77 design award under the category of Social Impact. “It is not only that visually impaired people are not taught how to judge the denomination of notes, in the research I conducted 40 per cent people made a mistake while judging or weren’t very sure.”

It took him four months to make the final model of the wrist band and he rejected around half-a-dozen designs. “Practicality of the band was a very important aspect. It has to ensure 100 per cent correct results.”

He adds that it’s time we realised the important of designing. “From designs of houses, cars, food jars, chairs to just about anything of daily use, you can’t undermine the importance of right design. Our way of living can change and become better if the product we are using has the right design.” He is the only second Indian to have won this international award.

Charandeep has to his credit several other awards as well; the recent one being by ITC, which organised a competition to make an interesting jar design. In the past, he has won one by General Motors as well.

“Awards inspire me; inventions show me the right path.” Recognition and results both are equally important!

High Design

“From designs of houses, cars, food jars, chairs to just about anything of daily use, you can’t undermine the importance of right design. Our way of living can change and become better if the product we are using has the right design.”

Best designs forward
The luxury wedding exhibition, on at Hotel JW Marriott-35, brings items that are unique in their own special way
Sabia Talwar

Photo: Parvesh Chauhan Weddings are the special occasion where one wants to sport the best of outfits. And the ongoing luxury wedding exhibition at Hotel JW Marriott, Sector-35, Chandigarh, showcases creations by designers from the entire country, which will definitely help you choose the best.

Sagarika Mittal Goyal’s brand Coochiecoo offers party-wear for kids starting from the age of three months. Says Sagrika, “I am a lawyer by education, but when one fine day I faced a problem choosing anything formal for my kids I thought of designing.” She has a collection that boasts of lehengas, Anarkali suits, evening gowns and kurta pyjamas, which are comfortable for the children. “I showcased my collection in the India Kids Fashion Week where Ada Sharma was the show-stopper. I play with a lot of colours and try to inculcate sensibilities of the latest trends,” adds Sagrika.

Moving on to something for young girls and women, there is the Rose Couture. Iba and Aanchal from Delhi have branded tunics and tops as also Indian wear. Says Iba, “More than designing the outfits our focus is on providing quality work with perfect finishing.” So there are floor touching Anarkali suits and Achkan style suits with swarvoski, thread-work and elegant appliqué work starting from Rs 15,000.

Madhu Srivastava’s brand, Pehnawa, from Delhi stands out with its saree blouses, which are artistically designed. “We also have Anarkali suits with a little bit of swarvoski work and not over-the board tacky stuff,” says Madhu.

Ethnic wear has its own appeal, so Boditree from Jaipur believes in purity of work and reviving the old techniques. Says Sidhi, “My collection has suits, sarees and lehangas, with gotta, kasa and danka work, which give it a very royal Rajasthani touch.” The range starts from Rs 15,000.

Nishi Vedhara from England with her brand Love Niche London showcases the latest trends of England in various colours and sizes. Says Nishi, “Every season the trends change and currently mullet dresses, peplum tops and mid-length jump suits will be a rage.” One can have a pick starting from Rs 1,800.

Recycling is becoming more and more creative with brains like Meenakshi, who at Use Me Works sells bags, pouches and accessories crafted from industrial waste. “I use a lot of colours, zippers, and buttons, and customise it according to my clients,” says Meenakshi.

Dressing up for a wedding can never be complete without jewellery and footwear. Angelic Jewels offers pure silver jewels, which include pendant sets, cocktail rings and bangles. Shrishti Creations has gold patra work to reproduce the museum effects and hand-painted pendants.

Finally, there is Gurleen of She Shoo; she offers her best pair of wedge heels and flat slippers with stone work, which will definitely complete your look.

It’s Happening
Colourful spread

Photo: Parvesh Chauhan If you are hunting the right present for the upcoming friend’s wedding or matching jewellery to go with the sari you intend to wear, well head to Weaves. On at Kisan Bhavan-35, the exhibition has it all for your wardrobe and home. For the first time this exhibition has participation from Government corporations like Poompuhar (Tamilnadu) and Mrignayanee (Madhya Pradesh).

Here is what caught our eye on a quick round of the exhibition. Golf leaf paintings (Thanjavur) from Tamilnadu are beautiful. So are the wood carvings and rosewood inlay work. The range for these pretty frames starts with Rs 500.

Then there is Mrignayani that has suits and saris in baagh. All hand printed with vegetable dyes these fabrics are comfortable wear. You can pick up a lovely light weight sari staring from Rs 1,600.

Jewellery from Rajasthan is not to be missed. The stalls have lovely meena jewellery in peacock motifs and more. Semi precious stones in silver is another attraction here.

And, in addition to plenty of fabrics, stitched, unstitched suits, kurtis, do check out banjara bags in bright colours. With beads and mirror work, you can have your pick from mini purse, hand wallets, slings bags or purses from modest Rs 60 onwards.

On till July 23. — TNS

If you thought acting was easy…

Tough act: Esha Gupta While shooting for Vikram Bhatt’s RAAZ 3, actress Esha Gupta was asked to rip off her clothes and scream in front of a crowd of 300 people. The actress was alarmed hearing this and asked the director if he could skip the scene. However, being the pivotal scene of the film, the actress had no other option left than to do it.

Recalling her experience on the sets, says Esha, “There was this scene in the film… I won’t reveal much about the situation related to it. However, would definitely like to recall the incident. The scene goes this way… Sanjana (Esha’s character’s name in the film) enters a party hall where people are enjoying the mood and having a good time… But Sanjana has totally lost it and she has no control on her state of mind due to the extensive black magic power and stuff happening to her.”

She further adds, “So, I had to wear this sexy gown. And suddenly, Sanjana starts visualising and sees those ghosts or you can say some shadows coming towards her and just passing through her body, her hair, her ears, her eyes and from everywhere! And there I had to start screaming and just try to get rid out of it.”

“Sanjana had to get involved so much into it that she starts ripping and tearing off her clothes just to get rid out of the shadows and spirits. Now, my trouble started from there. It was really an awkward moment to act it in front of so many people. And I just said NO to Vikram that I can’t do it, when I got to know about it. There were around 200 to 250 extras called for this scene,” she continues, “But, Vikram was very confident about it. He said, ‘I know you can do it. I know you’ll do it.’ Even my makeup artist Shaan and my friend Rik Roy they came to me. They made me relax, calmed me down and finally I gave my shot.”

“And guess what happened after the scene. Everybody liked it. People out there started clapping. I could hear my crew members saying, ‘good job’. They all appreciated me. Vikram just came and hugged me. Emraan too liked it. He said, ‘You’ve done great Esha’. What more could I have asked for!” said Esha on a parting note.

Harud in trouble

Harud’s poster Director Aamir Bashir’s directorial debut HARUD has gained good recognition at the film festival circuits be it Toronto Film Festival (2010), 54th BFI London Film Festival, or Mumbai Film Festival (2010). However, the film, which has been ready since 2010, has failed to get a theatrical release until now.

And when the film was about to see the light of day on July 27, the director has been banned in terms of releasing the film's promos in theatres. The Censor Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has objected to a scene that has the protagonists against a backdrop that reads: Aazadi. Quite surprisingly, though the censor boards have taken objection to the promos, the film has approved and given a U/A certificate with the ‘so called’ controversial scene intact.

Says Kashmir-born Aamir Bashir, "As tax payers, it is absurd. Once they okay the film, how can they do this? I have decided not to run the trailer as a matter of principle. There is so much work pending with the film slated for a July 27 release. I can't make changes to what they have already seen and approved."

"The Censor Board has approved the film. There are no visual cuts but there are dialogue cuts. Now with the promo to be released in theatres, they have a problem with the visual," says a spokesperson.

Further adds the spokesperson, "The Censor Board wants to now send this film to the revising committee. For a short-budget film, this is an additional cost. Aamir is miffed and has refused to oblige. He has decided not to run the promos in theatres. Rather, he will put up the promos online."

HARUD is being released by PVR under the Director's Rare label. — HRM

Couple or not: Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif On screen chemistry

Imran Khan, Sonakshi Sinha asked to work on their chemistry Director Milan Luthria has asked Imran Khan and Sonakshi Sinha to get familiar with each other to prepare for their roles in Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai sequel.

The director has adopted an interesting way to make his upcoming gangster sequel look real.

He has asked lImran Khan to acquaint himself with local goons to prep for his role, we now hear that he has asked his hero to get more familiar with the film’s female lead Sonakshi Sinha.

Couple or not: Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif


Music across borders

Talent unlimited: Atif Aslam and Himesh Reshammiya
Talent unlimited: Atif Aslam and Himesh Reshammiya

Venturing into the world of music for the first time, Colors today announced a first-of-its-kind strategic tie-up with Sahara One to simulcast a new singing based reality show - the most-awaited show Sur-Kshetra, a Gajendra Singh show. This is the first time that two players from within the Hindi general entertainment segment have tied-up to present content to audiences across the spectrum. Produced by Sahara One in association with Saibaba Telefilms, Sur-Kshetra will be a cross-border musical battle between the Indian Team, captained by Himesh Reshammiya and the Pakistani Team, captained by Atif Aslam. Evaluating the teams and judging the musical flair that resides in the subcontinent will be the three legends - Asha Bhosle (India), Abida Parveen (Pakistan) and Runa Laila (Bangladesh) - who have played an integral part in shaping the music industry. The stalwarts will bear witness to history-in-the-making as incredible singing talent from India and Pakistan engage in a musical competition to prove their supremacy. The show will be anchored by Bollywood damsel Ayesha Takia.

Messing with the stars

No fears: Bhairavi GoswamiBhairavi Goswami is one actor who doesn't believe in keeping quiet about any wrong happening in society, no matter who is involved in it. She is completely unabashed and unapologetic. She has gone ahead and slammed Madhuri Dixit-Nene for asking the Bombay Municipal Corporation (BMC) for a plot of land for her dance school. Goswami, who took up this news on Twitter, tweeted "Madhuri needs free land to start her dance academy. The BMC offers a list of 100 plots to choose from. Why??? Has she done more for dance than Saroj Khan".

When asked, Goswami mentioned "Why should BMC give away land for free or as a subsidy to someone who can easily afford it. Also, in that case, why can't super models get free land to start a grooming academy to teach English? In fact, those who are poor should be given these kinds of privileges. With due respect to Madhuri Ji, who is a living legend, I think she has done nothing good for the nation or state courtesy which she should be expecting huge favours in return." No fears: Bhairavi Goswami

Of chills and thrills

Crime thriller: A still from Dexter
Crime thriller: A still from Dexter

This monsoon, it's about cold-blooded murders, psycho serial-killers and analysts who will be the flavour of Big CBS Prime, India's leading English general entertainment channel offering the latest and the hottest shows to the urban Indian male. The channel brings to you a psychological crime thriller show - Dexter. Dexter is based on the compelling novel "Darkly Dreaming Dexter" by Jeff Lindsay, a South Florida native. Orphaned at the age of four and harbouring a traumatic secret, Dexter is adopted by a police officer who recognises Dexter's homicidal tendencies and guides his son to channel his gruesome passion for human vivisection in a constructive way - by killing those heinous perpetrators who are above the law or who have slipped through the cracks of justice. A respected member of the police force, a perfect gentleman and a man with a soft spot for children, it's hard not to like Dexter, a serial-killer with standards. Although his drive to kill is unflinching, he struggles to emulate normal emotions he doesn't feel, and to keep up his appearance as a caring, socially responsible human being.

Making waves

History TV 18 brings a brand new show Shockwave. It is a groundbreaking series taking the best raw footage of catastrophic, headline-making events from all over the world, revealing astonishing 3D views and explanations for what really happened. We take an in-depth look at the stories behind the headlines and introduce you to the people who conquered tragedy with their incredible human spirit.

Bhangra beats

Dancing act: Anu Malik and Davendra Singh Anu Malik decided to put on his dancing shoes for the second gala round of the popular singing reality show Indian Idol 6. He was unstoppable and danced like there was no tomorrow. Anu Malik does everything with a bang and this dance act of his was no different! During the second gala round of Indian Idol 6, after the performance of Devendra Pal Singh, Anu Malik couldn't control himself and made his way on to the stage and danced hysterically. He showed some never-seen-before dance moves.
Dancing act: Anu Malik and Davendra Singh

Flying high: Nakuul Mehta On cloud nine

Aditya aka Nakuul Mehta from Star Plus' latest attraction Pyaar Ka Dard Hain Meetha Meetha Pyaara Pyaara is on cloud nine. The talented actor revealed that he considers himself extremely lucky that he is sharing the silver screen with veteran actor Mukesh Khanna who was his childhood super-hero. His passion about the actor and his work was such that he would collect stickers of the superhero and also keep cut-outs of all the articles on him. When contacted, Nakuul said, "My father too is a die-hard fan of Mukesh ji.” Flying high: Nakuul Mehta

Salman Khan’s humorous take

Salman Khan is one funny man. At a recent event, the media asked him about his marriage plans and he responded saying that how would his marriage benefit anyone in the media. He also said that he is talented and Katrina Kaif is hard-working. Also, he finds Katrina Kaif is very lovable on and off screen. That is why she has so many fans and the camera loves her too. The question is does she find him lovable?

Hands full: Sarah Jane DiasSarah on a trip

Sarah Jane Dias is happy with the response the promos of Kya Super Kool Hai Hum is getting. She says making people laugh is a tough job. She has got many film offers now. She debuted in Game which sank without a trace.

Hands full: Sarah Jane Dias

Going extreme: Kabir Khan Cold places work for Kabir

Salman Khan thinks Kabir Khan loves shooting in cold locales like Dublin and Istanbul because both places were at zero degree.

He has previously shot in New York which is obviously cold and in Afghanistan which also has extreme climate.

Going extreme: Kabir Khan

P Khurrana

ARIES: Today, you might end up meeting the love of your life. Couples can spend a delightful time in each other’s company, appreciating all the strengths of your relationship. Tarot message: If you are tempted to travel overseas don’t waste money by financing the trip yourself. Lucky colour: Sea green. Magic number: 27

TAURUS: Early hours will be the best for you today. A bubbly mood in good company relieves the heaviness of pending duties and responsibilities on your plate for the days to come. Tarot message: Empty promises are certain, therefore try to put your terms and conditions in writing. Lucky colour: Rust. Magic number: 63

GEMINI: The day will be filled with substantial conversations and lot of learning. Changes made today will be for the best. Love stars blaze. An engagement or marriage may be in the wings. Tarot message: Be honest to your desires; if you are truthful good luck will come your way. Lucky colour: Ebony. Magic number: 27

CANCER: Relatives will do all they can to help. Legal matters will encounter delays by bureaucrats. Be patient as the system grinds through its process. Tarot message: You have to realise that even ‘way-out’ ideas can be put into practice if you have sufficient common sense. Lucky colour: Ebony. Magic number: 57

LEO: The atmosphere will not be conducive for results. Losing temper over petty issues will be regretted. An aggressive character could spoil the day. Tarot message: Nobody has deliberately let you down, so keep going and don’t allow your confidence to be dented. Lucky colour: Crimson. Magic number: 56.

VIRGO: The pendulum of luck will not stop today. Leave stress, worries and cares behind; enjoy yourself. Cultural experiences such as galleries and museums will be satisfying. Tarot message: A positive and caring attitude heals old wounds in relationship and partnership. Lucky colour: White. Magic number: 51.

LIBRA: The “Knight of Wands” promises you a positive day. Expect kindness from those who appreciate you. Take care of health today. People may be hard to get in touch with. Tarot message: If you play your cards right you’ll be able to reinforce your current position and avert future difficulties. Lucky colour: Yellow. Magic number: 52.

SCORPIO: Your card “the Fool” reveals unhealthy conditions. Keep your wits about you and you will come out for the better in a deal. If a beautiful person grabs your attention, strike up a conversation. Tarot message: You have to push to succeed and your efforts will pay off. Lucky colour: Forest green. Magic number: 50.

SAGITTARIUS: You may have to check your plans. Today you should be able to surprise the boss by showing your adaptable side. Reacting to aggressive taunts is a waste of time. Tarot message: Draw on those inner energies and begin moving from thought to action. Lucky colour: Orange. Magic number: 27.

CAPRICORN: Parents may find that this is a good time for dealing with youngsters. Love life is in for a cool appraisal. A positive mood can quickly turn to negative vibes. There is sure to be a reason for caution or delay. Tarot message: Balance in all aspects is recommended. Lucky colour: Peach. Magic number: 29.

AQUARIUS: Deal with outstanding communication as people are waiting to hear from you. Do not be so aggressive with friends. An early warning of a health problem is a blessing in disguise. Tarot message: Do not swing away from the course you have charted so far. Lucky colour: Black. Magic number: 64.

PISCES: Be courageous about a new investment opportunity. Stick with a physical health routine that drops those extra pounds and maintain essential fitness levels. Tarot message: Your efforts would gain momentum if your listen to what experienced people have to say. Lucky colour: Saffron. Magic number: 48.

Madan Gupta Spatu

If your birthday is July 15...

Mounting expenses may force you to save money. You may have to overcome tough situations in career. In general, you can expect an average 2012-13. Be on time to avoid delaying your duties. You'll be able to rekindle your feelings and passion for your beloved and will be sweet and gentle towards him or her.

To take the best decisions, you must concede all the time necessary to reflect calmly. Observe and understand everything before action. Work pressure and discord at home might bring some stress. Do not indulge in speculation based on rumours. It will be hard to stay away from your lover. Overall health will be fine but travel will prove hectic and stressful. Some losses due to carelessness are certain. Try not to offend others and adapt to your family needs. The absence of your beloved may make your heart tender. Negative trends are possible at the work front. Proper communication is the need of the day for better results in personal life. You'll be able to conclude a winning deal and suggest a new remit for yourself. Business will give great satisfaction as well as excellent profits. You deserve recognition for the contributions that you have made. If you have paid your dues, you have the right to some privileges. You appear to gain good ground and get higher levels of cooperation from members.

Sulbha AryaA fun vent does appear to be slightly costly but will be worth it, in the long run. Saturn provokes a certain financial discomfort. You might benefit from your work with a certain delay but, at the same time, you'll become more responsible regarding the way you spend your money. New friends too are in the offing.

Mood: Extremely Caring and Cautious Compatible signs: Aries, Taurus Lucky colours: Dim gray, Beige. Lucky days: Wednesday and Saturday. Lucky numbers: 7, 11, 15, 32, 40.

Sulbha Arya (July 15) is Maharashtrian married to a Muslim. She taught Logic and Psychology. For around 20 to 25 years. She started her career on Doordarshan with Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi, Filmi Chakkar, Hip Hip Hurray, Lifeline, Hum Pardesi Ho Gaye, Piya Ka Ghar, Khel Khel Main, Arzoo, Yes Boss. She did many films like Kal Ho Na Ho, Prem Granth, Daraar. She will remain more active in both Films and TV as per her stars.

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