At your service
Client-servicing now occupies a very prominent space on the agenda of fashion labels and designers. This is how they do it…
Ashima Batish

From the limited edition to custom-made to bespoke, as fashion elevates in levels, the price tag becomes heavier than what most torch-bearers can handle, entering the exclusive status category effortlessly. But that’s one popular way of client-servicing as well — making a brand or designer loyalist feel special, feel valued.
Nida MahmoodI started mailing details of how an outfit was coming up, so whenever a client had an objection to a particular pattern, there was immediate communication of the same. That gives them a fair idea of how the outfit will look post the final touches.
   Nida Mahmood

A recent example is Louis Vuitton’s bespoke programme held during the London Olympics, which gave the customers the freedom to design their own bags. Of the raw material that was available, bags could be designed in some 80,000 different permutations, thus promising exclusivity. Back home, Indian fashion and jewellery designers too don’t deny the importance of client-servicing; their methods of doing it vary though.

Building relationships with clients helps increase the customer-base and with such intense competition, it’s actually difficult to retain them. Nida Mahmood realised it soon after she entered the fashion industry. The next step she took was, “I started mailing details of how an outfit was coming up, so whenever a client had an objection to a particular pattern, there was immediate communication of the same.” Feedback from customers became the key to retain them. Even now, every customised piece she makes, she mails the final sketch to the client. “That gives them a fair idea of how the outfit will look post the final touches.”

Obliging customers is as important for any designer as coming up with a fresh concept every season. While Tarun Tahiliani sends invites for his fashion shows to his clients and bridal exposition with a complimentary trunk that stores his piece of genius, Nachiket Barve prefers to keep it very informal. Designing, he says, is a dialogue and not a monologue. “I involve customers in whatever I make for them. At the same time, it’s very important to be receptive to what they want. Rather than gifting freebies, I think the best way to please them is constructing exactly what they want.” What still comes complementary from him is wardrobe consultation and giving appointments to important clients according to what suits them. “If a client has a very tight schedule, I readily change my plans of work,” adds Nachiket.

The most convenient way to increase interaction with clients is through social networking sites, as the connect is on a personal level. Jewellery designer, Farah Ali Khan, doesn’t indulge in brand promotion on Twitter though. “That’s only to keep in touch with clients and fans. I handle my own account to ensure that my followers don’t think that I am not approachable,” says Farah. Besides putting to practice the modern ways of client-servicing, she uses conventional measures as well. “Nothing can beat the promise to design an exclusive piece for a client. What’s been made is done once and for all. No repetitions, no duplications.” Requirements of the client have to be of course kept in mind always and the repair-work of the pieces is free of cost always.

Bespoke fashion in itself sums up what exactly client-servicing in the fashion industry means.


Client focus

Louis Vuitton’s bespoke programme in London wasn’t the first such elite brand’s campaign. There are more examples. Bottega Veneta entered its third edition of a similar campaign earlier this year, the only difference being that it promised to customise bags for a charity event. Fendi too has been doing its bit to oblige special clients. In fact, Christian Louboutin realised the appeal of made-to-measure much earlier. In 1997, he opened his first such salon in Paris. Luxury gets a new definition — bespoke fashion. 

Spirit of modernism
Shivdatt Sharma, whose architecture is the subject of the book Modernism in India Series: The Architecture of Shivdatt Sharma by Vikramaditya Prakash, talks about the philosophy that has guided his long architectural odyssey
Nonika Singh

The story of Shivdatt Sharma’s practice is also in a certain way the story of Chandigarh from its infancy when it was but a modernist twinkle in Nehru’s eye.

So writes Vikramaditya Prakash in his book Modernism in India Series: The Architecture of Shivdatt Sharma. He also sums up the eminent architect Shivdatt Sharma whose career has spanned over five decades as one of the masters of modernism.

The subject himself has no quarrels with being called a modernist architect and agrees that all his life he has worked on the principle of modernism, which he defines as simplicity, rationale, geometry and above all purposefulness. Shorn off ornamentation and superficiality he imbibed all of the guiding values first-hand from none other than Le Corbusier and his team members.

Sharma, who started his illustrious career as an assistant architect in the Chandigarh Capital Project Team led by Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret, recalls their impact on his life. Undoubtedly, Corbusier is the main influence but he recalls Jeanneret with special fondness as someone who was more humane, noble and who believed poverty is no excuse for ugliness. In comparison, Corbusier was heroic and lofty. But watching him first-hand, says Sharma, was a lesson in itself. Going down the memory lane he reminisces: “We would stand mesmerised. Each line of Corbusier would speak of his philosophy.” In fact, in all three stages of his career, including the phase in which Sharma worked as the Chief Architect at ISRO, he has followed the spirit of Corbusier. Of course, not by way of imitation or copying.

Coming out of Corbusier’s shadow, Sharma insists, wasn’t difficult for the man himself held, “Listen to your heart and work as fearlessly as I have done.” Of course, today in his private practice as he goes to other cities for projects the unanimous refrain is, “We don’t want Chandigarh architecture. It is so monotonous, made of concrete and bricks.” The versatility of these materials, insists Sharma, has to be explained to them then. Post-modernism, escapism and other schools such as de-constructivism, feels Sharma, have vanished and it is modernism that continues to guide the world at large, including India for “its basic tenets are fundamentally strong.” He agrees that an architect has to be sensitive to the changes around him.

Says he: “Since architecture is the mirror to society an architect has to reflect the change that is happening.” Among the transformations that an architect can’t ignore most significant are those that happen in the realm of science and technology. For instance he adds, “Now you have a glass that can double up as a wall, air-conditioning systems and electric conduits that work in many new ways.” An architect according to him not only has to include new technological innovations, but also innovate further.

Understanding the pulse of society is what he lists as the foremost quality of an architect. How well he has done so is evident in the book, which is a testimony to his long journey dotted by many milestones. Vikramaditya himself an authority on modernism feels that if in the first two stages of his career Sharma’s works have a decided rhythm and continuity, in his years of private practice there is a far greater degree of experimentation and play. Either way he feels Sharma has by and large stuck to the guns of Chandigarh style of modernism.

In the foreword, the well-known architect Balkrishna V Doshi pens, “To me Shivdatt’s story is that of an individual who is willing to cross comfort zones in search of freedom, choice and involvement in the new world. The book represents such a story.” The book, however, would be of greater interest to architects and students of architecture. The man’s works are there… The man behind may unveil in the biography, the idea of which Sharma has been toying with for some time.

Golden time
Gurvinder Singh

If you, like many, feel that buying jewellery is getting out of reach, jewellers too are feeling the pinch, with the drop in the number of customers. They feel the need to attract the customers back. Most jewellers now have started making light- weight jewellery which are less expensive.

“For jewellery to suit the pockets, we have started making ornaments in 14 karat gold instead of 18, which makes it more affordable. Customer used to demand heavy jewellery earlier, but now the emphasis is on lighter and less expensive pieces,” says Reema Jain from Heritage Jewellers, who has launched a new collection, Myra. The collection has various designs of earrings and bracelets. These intricate ear pieces are big enough so that one doesn’t have to wear a necklace along.

Some of the earrings have been made into three-in-one pieces, giving the wearer the flexibility to wear only parts of ear pieces or the complete set depending on the occasion. “These three-in-one pieces give more options and one can mix and match according to the requirement, she says.

Campus canvas(s)
Manpriya Singh

There is something about the eleventh hour of campaigning — it’s genuine, desperate and credible. While the coming Friday will seal the fate of the candidates, the few preceding days decide it. The Panjab University campus students’ council elections are a carnival in their own right. Read on for the update on the last day of campaigning, why the parties still try hard and how the candidates won’t quit convincing.

Laughs Pushpinder Sharma, current president, PUCSC, “We deliberately planned our rally for the last day; guess we wanted to arrive and not just enter. Plus don’t they say — save the best for the last.” There’s a slight change that he has noticed within a year of being on the varsity grounds though, “The freshers are not as active as their seniors last year. This could be due to the fact that a lot of parents are wary of their children getting into politics. Sometimes, teachers aren’t encouraging too.”

It is a race to win the majority among as many as 75 teaching and research departments. The girls’ hostels, apart from the Students’ Centre, remain the favourite place for campaigning. Laughs Diljot Sandhu, a PUSU supporter, “It feels really good to receive the support of girls. When they show enthusiasm and participate, it is a big impetus for any political party. Victory is not possible without their support.”

What rules?

The rules are primarily meant for those who are likely to break them the most. Lyngdoh Committee not with standing, the guidelines are rarely followed. There were hushed whispers doing the rounds as to how the canvassing on campus turned to wooing outside the campus at venues like discs and cinema halls with freebies galore. 

Yeh dosti…Bollywood’s new friendships
Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif
Balancing act: Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif

A lot of enemies are becoming friends and Gen Next is bonding very well with each other. Read on to find out...

Priyanka and Salman: Priyanka was spotted at Salman's residence late on Sunday night. She was an SRK loyalist but has been asked to stay away from him. This is a new friendship. They seem to have become friends now because she was at his place for around five hours. She gets along with his sister Arpita. They might do Kick together which will be directed by Sajid Nadiadwala.

Ranveer and Deepika: These two used to hang out in a group but now they have been hanging around in Mumbai exclusively going for movies and dinners. She likes his company. They are getting to know each other for romantic saga Raam Leela, directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali which goes on the floors soon.

Anushka and Ranbir: They are working together in Bombay Velvet, directed by Anurag Kashyap. They hang out in a group and watch movies together. They were last spotted at screening of Gangs Of Wasseypur 2 and Deepika Padukone was also there.

Anushka and Katrina: These two were rumoured to be at loggerheads before Yash Chopra's film went on floors. However, they were said to be getting along fabulously during the shooting of the movie in Kashmir recently. Anushka finds Katrina very beautiful and is inspired by her and also knows her own acting abilities and place so she is very secure.

Katrina and SRK: Katrina used to be Salman's girlfriend and Salman and SRK had a big fight. However, Katrina has managed to strike a balance between both of them and done it very well. She bonded well with SRK on the sets. He gave her gifts and was quite protective of her. She has entered his and Gauri's good books and must be applauded for that.

Not the regular ‘heroine’
Ileana D'Cruz
Different part: Ileana D'Cruz

Making her debut in Bollywood with Barfi, Telugu actress Ileana D'Cruz says she did not want a glamorous opening in her first film here.

While Bollywood exudes a glamorous mix of dance and song element in a movie, Anurag Basu's Barfi is different as it is a story of a deaf-mute boy, a mentally challenged girl and a normal girl.

"I did not want to get into such a film in Bollywood in which there would just be little bit of acting to do, look pretty throughout and dance with a handsome man in a masala movie," Ilena told in an interview.

Known down South as a glamorous beauty, Ilena doesn't want that label to continue in the Hindi film industry, but wants author-backed roles and not arm candy parts.

"I have been doing south films for six years. And there were lot of offers from Bollywood earlier which did not interest me much. The story line and my role in Barfi is something I really liked a lot. It is different from what I have done so far, hence I chose to do this film. It is all about right timing," she said.

Releasing on September 14, Barfi is a romantic comedy around three characters. There is Murphy (Ranbir) whom everyone calls Barfi.

He is always ready with a prank and cannot speak or hear. Jhilmil (Priyanka) is an autistic girl, while Ilena plays Shruti, who falls in love with Barfi.

Ilena had earlier turned down an offer to star opposite actor Salman Khan in Wanted, which was a remake of her own south film Pokhiri. She chose to wait for a more challenging role.

"When I was offered this role I was flattered as it required me to show my ability as an actor. Anurag told me the story and role...he said he has found his Shruti," Ilena said.

"He was sure I was fit for the role. But I was completely taken off guard did not expect a launch with a film like this," she said adding that since Barfi is not a regular Bollywood film, she was worried whether she would be able to do justice to the character.

"Considering it's a big film and different, I was like will I be able to pull through this? It required a lot of me.

He (Basu) had blind faith in me. He was encouraging...It was flattering...," Ilena said. — PTI

In and out and in…
Sonu Sood
Not yet: Sonu Sood

The sources say Sonu Sood has once again been approached for playing the iconic role of Sher Khan in the film Zanjeer.

Confirming that he has been approached for the role, Sonu said, "Yes I have been approached for the role of Sher Khan. But nothing has been finalised yet. I have not confirmed the project on paper yet," Sonu said.

It may be remembered that Pran had given a memorable performance as Sher Khan in Prakash Mehra's 1973 hit Zanjeer.

Even though there was a buzz that Sonu would reprise the role of Sher Khan, the makers promptly went ahead and finalised Arjun Rampal for the role. But later, as some date issues cropped up, Arjun backed out.

The remake version of the film has Telugu actor Ram Charan Teja playing the role that was reprised by Amitabh Bachchan while Priyanka Chopra will essay the role played by Jaya Bachchan. The shooting for the remake, that also stars Prakash Raj and Mahie Gill, started in April this year.

No more sequels

Role call: Emraan Hashmi

After being part of sequels like Raaz, Jannat and Murder, actor Emraan Hashmi seems to have had enough of it and says he will be doing no more of it in the near future.

"I don't think I will be doing a sequel for a while after this. But these films have been successful from the beginning of my career, and nowadays a fashion of sequels is on, so we thought that it's great that we should take hit films ahead and make them into a series," he said in a group interaction.

Raaz franchise started in 2002 and its second installment came in 2009 and it was titled Raaz — The Mystery Continues. Produced by Mahesh Bhatt and Mukesh Bhatt, Raaz 3 revolves around the downfall in an actress's life and how she turns to black magic. It has been directed by Vikram Bhatt and also stars Bipasha Basu and Esha Gupta. What makes Emraan happy is the commercial appreciation that his films get.

"I am happy and I hope that it stays that way. I always wanted to become a popular actor from the beginning of my career. I always wanted that my films have some sort of commercial aspect and draw mass audience," he said.

After being part of films like Shanghai, the actor is on a lookout for something new.

"The character should be good and different and so mething which I have not played before. I also see the commercial viability of the film and how different it is... what kind of change it brings," he added.


Bhoot returns!
RGV’s another horror flick in making
spooky tale: Bhoot Returns
Spooky tale: Bhoot Returns

Ram Gopal Varma who last produced Phoonk 2 is back to horror genre with his latest directorial venture Bhoot Returns.

The director recently released the first poster of the film which has an optical illusion of a girl with a bleeding lip.

The illusion has been created around the girl's eyes, and catches the attention instantly. Maybe Varma wanted to give his audience a sense of the visual effects.

The 3D film is a sequel to 2003 film Bhoot and it stars actress Manisha Koirala and southern actor JD Chakravarthy in lead roles. It releases on 12 October in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.

It tells a story of an engineer who along with his wife, his son and daughter moves into a house which is situated near his work place. Soon a series of inexplicable things happen to his family and over a period of time he is forced to accept that there is something supernatural in that house. By the time he decides to rush out with his family one of his kids disappear seemingly swallowed by the house.

Work over pleasure

James Bond star Daniel Craig says he is so engrossed in his work that he cannot pay much attention to his personal life.

The 44-year-old actor, who is married to Rachel Weisz, said that filming his scenes as Bond in the upcoming film Skyfall was all-encompassing and he struggled to switch off when he headed home.

"When I am doing the movie, I am totally single-minded. It is to the detriment of my personal life," Craig said.

However, the actor also said that he is thankful that his family understands him very well.

"Fortunately I have a very understanding family and they understand that it is part of it and that it is all-encompassing. I keep my energy levels as high as I can all the time," he added. — PTI

Right steps
Sabia Talwar

Taranpreet Kaur, an eleven-year-old chubby girl who belongs to Chandigarh, has been part of the movie Joker where she danced to two tracks, namely Sing Raja and Jugnu Banke. Her twinkling eyes dream of making it big in Bollywood someday. We catch up with her.

Early start

I have been dancing since I was four and I love Bollywood style. Also, at six I joined Swami Ram Thirtha Cultural Centre, Sector-24, Chandigarh to learn kathak and there I also acted in a couple of plays.

Dancing doll

I am fond of dancing and that’s why I joined the Saroj Khan Dance Academy, Sector-32, Chandigarh for one year. The most memorable moment was when I got the lucky Rs 101 from the dance expert herself. It’s through this academy that I got an offer for Joker.

The next move

During the shooting of Joker near Sirhind, Punjab I got an offer for a Marathi movie titled Jai Maharashtra. I play the role of a Sikh boy whereas the lead actor is a Marathi guy who lands up in Punjab to open a dhaba. The movie is due for release in December.

Not a joke

Dancing in Joker is my first ever experience on the silver screen and I’m not at all disheartened with the response.

stress buster
Farewell to anxiety
Renee Singh

What is so stressful about the school years? Anxiety about school can come from several factors. I feel that if you are noticing school jitters in your child, you should know where your child's anxiety is coming from and what can be done about it.

Students of all ages at all stages are experiencing considerable amount of stress. It is extremely necessary for them to use some stress relief tools and techniques that will help reduce anxiety, prepare for exams and make learning easier.

Freedom from stress

It is of extreme importance that we keep their stress levels at bay so that their performance levels remain optimum.

Various factors build up to cause school anxiety and it is our prime concern as parents, teachers and guides to help our kids go through this period in a smooth way. Students need to learn skills to get better grades and function successfully in a stress-free environment.

How to reduce anxiety

There are tips we can use to help any student in any age group to relieve stress symptoms and do better in school. All children go through similar pangs and they need specific and proven techniques to facilitate them to reduce their anxiety.

n Create a good study environment: Creating a soothing environment helps greatly in reducing stress. It helps you to learn more and perform better. Keep your study space clutter-free, have a nice fragrance in the air always and play soft music in the vicinity.

n Find a good study space: It does not necessarily have to be a silent space. It has to be a space that fits into your personality needs. Establish study rules for yourself. Avoid unnecessary arguments with parents, teachers and peers.

n Get organised: Being organised brings peace of mind and keeps everything in perspective. Keep a calendar and schedule and filing system for school assignments. Stock the study space well with tools like pens, paper, dictionaries and Thesaurus.

n Manage time wisely: You can save yourself from getting stressed if you plan way ahead with good time management skills. Set up a schedule for study and break in segments.

Know your unique learning style

We don't all learn in the same style. It is important to understand your own particular way whether it is auditory, visual or kinesthetic. Tailor your study practice around your own unique style.

Practice visualisation: You can reduce stress and become a high achiever by imagining yourself achieving goals. Take a few minutes each day and visualise in detail what you'd like to make happen. Then work on making it happen.

Get enough sleep: For optimum performance you need to be well rested. Sleep deprived people have trouble learning and remembering. They perform poorly in many areas. Take power naps. These short intense naps can rejuvenate you completely and get you charged for higher performance.

Develop optimism: Those who easily shrug off their troubles are healthier, less stressed and more successful. Develop the traits of optimism, harness these benefits for yourself and do better in your studies.

(Singh is a psycho therapist)

Strange bread-fellows

Brinjal or baingan in Hindi is also bad mouthed as be-gun, implying it has no worthwhile qualities. This is miles from the truth. These deeply purple, glossy beauties are an excellent source of dietary fiber, vitamins B1, B6, potassium and much more. They taste best when grilled or broiled which explains why the smoky flavour of a brinjal bhartha is so appetizing! The skin, though somewhat

pungent has a fair amount of fiber so we would do well to include it in the dish when possible. Brinjals in a sandwich would make strange ‘bread-fellows’ but they are a truly tantalizing combo with tomatoes and cheese within the layers. It can be made up with a burger bap, a long loaf or even ordinary bread slices. If you call it a baingan sandwich, it will be instantly dumped by the family. Announce it as Grilled-eggplant parmigiana sandwich and wait for the applause! Whoever said, “What's in a name ??”

Grilled eggplant parmigiana sandwich


3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

1 tbsp refined oil

3 cloves garlic

Salt and pepper to taste

1 loaf crusty bread or burger baps

6 ounces mozzarella, thinly sliced

1 medium eggplant

2 medium tomatoes

14 basil leaves


  • Make a paste of the peeled garlic. Thickly slice the eggplant and tomatoes.
  • Heat a grill or grill pan to medium-high, then lightly oil it using the refined oil.
  • Cut through the bread you are using to get two even halves.
  • In a small bowl, combine garlic with 1 tablespoon of olive oil; then season with salt and pepper.
  • Brush this flavoured oil on cut sides of bread and grill until lightly toasted on both sides.
  • Arrange cheese on the bottom half of the bread.
  • Brush eggplant with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  • Grill until tender and lightly charred, flipping over once (this could take 12 to 15 minutes).
  • Layer eggplant on cheese.
  • Similarly, brush tomatoes with 1 tablespoon oil and season with salt and pepper.
  • Grill until lightly charred, 2 to 3 minutes, flipping once.
  • Layer tomatoes on eggplant, top with basil, and sandwich with top half of bread.
  • If using a loaf, cut crosswise into 4 pieces and serve warm.

(Nijhowne is a Chandigarh-based culinary expert)

A take on countryside

An avid follower of literature, Narinder Jit Kaur has made translation her forte. With three translated volumes to her credit (from Punjabi to English), she has just released her fourth one. Commissioned by the Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi, Town and the Countryside is the translation of Punjabi author Sujan Singh’s anthology of short stories, Shehr Te Gran. The desire to get Punjabi literature a wider readership made this writer dabble in translation, a process she finds fulfilling. While Narinder’s earlier works Twilight (a novella by Dalip Kaur Tiwana), Anndatta—The Hand That Feeds (by Baldev Singh) and Voices in the Backyard (a collection of 15 short stories written by prominent Punjabi women writers) were the ones that she picked, Town and the Countryside is different for she did not choose her subject this time. But the journey has been as fruitful.

“The stories here are of Punjab, the stories we heard and lived. It’s been an amazing journey down the memory lane,” says Narinder.

However, the process wasn’t easy. It’s easier to translate the modern Punjabi writers for theirs is an understandable language. It’s rather challenging to translate the writers of the past for their works are full of typical village culture and folklore. “However, the most difficult is to translate the poetic lines in another language,” admits Narinder.

Star track

Number game

Rani Mukerji has re-scheduled the release date of Aiyyaa to October 12 because 3 is her lucky number and also her birthday number. She has been involved in many aspects of the film and has even hired a team personally to promote and market it.

Doctor on call

Vidya Balan had to be hospitalised while shooting for The Dirty Picture. This time on the sets of Ghanchakkar there is a doctor on the sets in case she gets sick so that no time is wasted. She fell sick a few days ago but the doctor took good care of her.
                                                                                                      Health concerns: Vidya Balan

Hurt in action

Bad move: Arjun KapoorActor Arjun Kapoor, who is currently shooting for Aurangzeb, injured his hand while shooting for an action sequence of the film. “I was shooting last night for Aurangzeb and I injured myself in the excitement of doing action. There are many firsts happening in my life. I did a major action sequence for Aurangzeb and I ended up hurting my hand," the 27-year-old told media.

Bad move: Arjun Kapoor

Good guidance

Bipasha Basu owes her career in Bollywood to Vikram Bhatt to a large extent. She was going to continue college after Raaz but Bhatt convinced her to follow a career in Bollywood instead of completing her education. Raaz 3 is releasing this week.

                                                                                                                                          Right track: Bipasha Basu

Chatter box

Matter of weight
Amit Verma
big fat truth: Amit Verma

We have all seen him playing the role of a chocolate boy in his earlier soaps, but it’s time for Amit Verma to play a geek in his upcoming tele film Teri Meri Love Stories by Playtime Creations. This huge transformation of his role for the first time has another interesting twist to it. Before coming to the sets of TMLS, he had really worked hard on his body to lose 10 kg. But unfortunately the script demanded Amit to look fat and geeky. Since it was not possible on such short notice, the actor had to wear several layers to look big.

When Amit was asked about it, he said, "It was a different experience for me to play a geek as I have always played the character of a chocolate boy. I find myself lucky that I got chance to work with such a great director G G Philip, who has directed a popular film like My Wife's Murder. I am extremely happy to be associated with the romantic film and I am sure the audience will love it too.” Watch Amit Verma in Teri Meri Love Stories this Saturday on Star Plus.

Jay bids adieu

it’s over: Jay Bhanushali Naman Shah will replace Jay Bhanushali in Shashi-Sumeet production’s serial Kairi. Jay has quit the show due to some unknown reasons and producer Sumeet Mittal too let him go after a long discussion saying if his heart isn’t in the show then there is no point forcing him.

It’s over: Jay Bhanushali

That’s the spirit!

Down with viral fever Krystle Dsouza of Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hai has been shooting continuously. She is taking heavy antibiotics though. As the episodes have to be telecast, she couldn’t get any leave. The unit, however, ensures that she doesn’t get too tired.

Ashish Sharma A pleasant surprise

Ashish Sharma of Rab Se Sona Ishq on Zee TV is shooting in London since the last two months and his girlfriend Archana Taide gave him a surprise by flying down to meet him. She celebrated his birthday on August 30 and now looks forward to go shopping with him.
flight of love: Ashish Sharma & Archana Taide

Bhagyashree After a long hiatus….

After becoming a star with her debut film Maine Pyaar Kiya, Bhagyashree didn’t make much of her film career. Now, she will make a comeback on TV with Hema Malini’s new show on Sony. The serial will be based on a mother-daughter relationship.
U-turn: Bhagyashree

Work over health

Rupali Ganguly aka Pinky in Sony TV’s Parvarrish met with an accident recently. The roads had become slippery due to the rain in Mumbai and a car skidded. Three other cars bumped into it and Rupali’s car was one of them. She suffered a cervical injury, yet went to shoot with a plaster.

                                                                              Marking attendance: Rupali Ganguly

Astro turf
P Khurrana

ARIES: Be particularly wary if dealing with property matters. Get to bed earlier than is normal for you. Don't let dogmatism close your mind to varied possibilities. If an old friend needs you support, go ahead. Tarot message: Be sure involving yourself as much as possible in a new project. Lucky colour: White Magic number: 52

TAURUS: Expensive plans will have to be held back. Your mate may feel that you have been devoting too much time to outside interests. Spiritual issues and quests can lead to some deep thinking. Tarot message: Let things run their course and start afresh later. Lucky colour: Sea green Magic number: 26

GEMINI: You might have some difficulty controlling your emotions. Agreements that have been dragging on for sometime can be successfully negotiated. Although you like social contact, work behind the scenes today. Tarot message: Avoid the tendency to criticise or judge others. Lucky colour: Purple Magic number: 55

CANCER: Plug away steadily in the background. This is not the time for grabbing the centrestage. Try to improve your overall financial situation. Consider your course of action seriously before jumping into anything new. Tarot message: Focus on professional changes. Lucky colour: Golden yellow. Magic number: 46

LEO: Improvement will continue in your financial position. Business matters are well under control. Overstrain can effect health. A former friend might turn up on your doorstep and have some exciting stories to tell. Tarot message: Do not leave things to chance. Lucky colour: Jade. Magic number: 29

VIRGO: No need to make any important move. Conditions are too weak at the moment to contemplate fresh operations. You should not be too critical of co-workers. Children can cause worry. Social affairs will be exciting. Tarot message: Strive for perfection at work. Lucky colour: Peach. Magic number: 27

LIBRA: Aim at teamwork. An accident could occur if you don't keep your mind on the job. Be especially careful when using electric appliances. A change of home or job is possible. Tarot message: Take no chances, despite the assurance of people. Lucky colour: Deep red. Magic number: 35

SCORPIO: Do not be lethargic. Emotional people may change their mind. Earnings can be increased if you try. You may already be having trouble making your monthly payments, so don't add to this debt. Tarot message: Be honest to your desires. Lucky colour: Ebony. Magic number: 27

SAGITTARIUS: An early morning disturbance is likely, but it will give you a chance to catch up with some household work. Renovations or a re-decorating project can progress well. Tarot message: Try to be active in grabbing financial opportunities. Lucky colour: Yellow. Magic number: 44

CAPRICORN: The day is going to be rather slow, so plan ahead. Take advantage of other people's experience. Family will be much better company than friends this evening. Focus on meditation or yoga. Tarot message: Remember it is the thought that counts and not the price tag. Lucky colour: Bottle green. Magic number: 32

AQUARIUS: A financial matter that has been delayed will move ahead now. There should be no special problems to deal with at home. Self-control and the determination to achieve are important. Tarot message: You will be happier if you retain the fruits of your hardwork. Lucky colour: Deep red. Magic number: 41

PISCES: This day will be marked only for lack of activity. Business will tick over smoothly enough. Hobbies are occupying. Avoid speculation. Do not exercise heavily. Tarot message: Yet work could pose certain minor difficulties, but don't worry. Lucky colour: Forest green. Magic number: 43 

The year ahead
Madan Gupta Spatu

If your birthday is September 6...

For you, this is the year for great fortune and prosperity. You can reach your objectives and achieve success. Make the most of this lucky situation. Remember that great opportunities only come round once and you must not let them slip away. You will get relief from the tensions and strains of life that you have been experiencing for long. It is the right time to change your life style to permanently keep them at bay. Investment in antiques and jewellery will bring gains. Your charm and personality will help you make new friends. Keep away from joint ventures and partnerships. Number Six is the peace-lover; a loving, stable and harmonious vibration. Ruled by Venus, you will be compassionate, stable, family-loving and trustworthy. If you are in a solid relationship, you can expect to make an important decision about living together or purchasing a house together. A diversion from the routine is favoured by the stars, so relish it instead of thinking about how you're getting behind elsewhere. You want to be logical, but there's an emotional component to work that can't be denied. Try listening at this juncture instead and carefully factor in the input instead of a knee-jerk reaction.

Expect a great deal of personal satisfaction, success and reward. Your enthusiasm and determination will be the key. As an employee, you won't want to listen to a superior's directives as you're convinced you don't need them. Eventually, however, you'll give in. There are bright prospects of students getting admissions to universities abroad. Colleagues and associates will be helpful and the self-employed will expand their enterprise profitably. You must prepare for the best and expect the worst. You must take your last chance before you are overcome by too many distractions. Your patience is slightly low, so work on that. A spouse or partner may need special attention.

Easy inflow of money makes this an auspicious year. However, those of you awaiting news of promotion or an important posting may have to wait. Try to divide your efforts between your goals and the need to help people around you.

Mood: Optimistic and hard-working.

Preferred signs: Gemini, Pisces.

Positive colours: Pale blue and mauve.

Select days: Wednesday and friday.

Favourable numbers: 4, 12, 14, 20, 36

Rakesh Roshan (Rakesh Roshan Lal Nagrath, September 6, Mumbai) is a producer, director and a former star also known for directing films with the title always beginning with "K". Roshan's father was the Bollywood music director Roshan and his brother, Rajesh Roshan, is also a music director. His son, Hrithik Roshan, is an actor. His first production was Aap Ke Deewane (1980) and he launched his son's career Kaho Na Pyaar Hai .This film entered the Limca Book of Records for the most number of Awards won by a Bollywood Film.

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