Eating in tandem
Do you tend to eat what the person sitting across the table eats irrespective of whether the food is of your choice or not?
Sabia Talwar

A man is known by the company he keeps, true in many cases. Here’s another one - you eat what your companion eats! A recent study has claimed that dining with someone who always goes for the unhealthy option makes you more likely to give in to temptation as well. Meanwhile, a friend or partner who always turns down the unhealthy options in exchange of healthy salads can encourage you to follow suit.

Kitty parties are one example where people like to jump onto the same bandwagon as others. Says Sheetal Mahajan, a Chandigarh-based, housewife, “Nowadays people are so conscious about whatever they eat that in our kitties some days we just tend to order starters and follow it with no main course. Also, everyone has started going in for healthier options like grilled snacks, salads and non-sweet stuff.” Although Kareena Kapoor’s size-zero is history, many women still draw inspiration from her. The men nowadays are not far behind as far as looking in shape is concerned!

While health has become the major priority and people are really concerned about what they eat, the study stands true even for a group of friends or couples.

You may or may not like what the other is relishing, but sometimes you just consume the same just for company’s sake. Says Aditi Arora, a consultant dietician from Panchkula “This study is so true because when you’re in a group or even with just one person, you don’t want to feel out of place or awkward by ordering something different. If one is in a habit of socialising that also affects what kind of options one opts for.” So, eventually one sacrifices his or her eating pattern or diet plan just to show some regard for the person sitting across the table.

Opposites certainly attract, but like-minded are also not far behind! Says Shuchi Sharma, a Chandigarh-based young entrepreneur, “I got engaged a few months back; whenever I go out with my fiancée for dinner dates, we go in for just salads or starters. Earlier I used to have a lot of junk food, but now I feel a little ashamed to have the fatty options in front of him as he is a health freak.”

Agreeing at all times is not beneficial, sometimes disagreements with rational reasoning are also necessary. Says Sunita Malhotra, a dietician with PGI, Chandigarh, “I suggest my patients not to eat food with high calories and encourage them for healthy food. So, I rather oppose what the study claims because one cannot blindly follow something wrong that the other person is doing.”

So, follow suit but use your good senses!

Bright & Bustling
Actors Jimmy Sheirgill and Neha Dhupia, set to rock with their upcoming film Rangeelay, share notes on the movie and the rising graph of Punjabi cinema
Jasmine Singh

Rana Ranbir (right)
Rana Ranbir (right)

It is like a forest fire, spreading fast. But contrary to its nature, this one is giving back a whole new world of entertainment followed by more entertainment! Called the Punjabi cinema, this new, fiery movement is getting people from far, as far as Bollywood. The latest one to willingly, gladly and excitedly take the plunge is actress Neha Dhupia as she makes her debut in Punjabi cinema with Jimmy Sheirgill Production’s Rangeelay. And starring opposite her is none other than Bollywood actor Jimmy Sheirgill, who has raised the bar of Punjabi cinema with his youth-oriented films and family entertainers.

This one’s going to tickle your funny bone no end. “Rangeelay is a fun film directed by Navaniat Singh and written by Dheeraj Rattan. It is a family entertainer with loads of funny moments and romance,” shares Jimmy, who wouldn’t mind accepting that all love stories are more or less the same. “It depends on the packaging and Rangeelay is being made in a way that the audiences will go smiling from ear-to-ear after the movie.”

Romcom is a relatively new topic for the film-makers in Punjab, but they have taken a liking to it and wouldn’t stop till they have made every Punjabi as well as non-Punjabi laugh their hearts out! “We have made all kinds of movies and touched varied subjects, including politics. Rangeelay is a movie that is high on the entertainment quotient. The director and writer have ensured there is a right mix of emotions as well,” adds the actor, who doesn’t care whether he is staying in a five-star accommodation or elsewhere as long as he has the right background for the scene. “We have been shooting at sites between Ambala and Chandigarh. In Ambala we have a slight problem of staying, but I want to capture the rawness that the script demands.”

Adding a dash of comedy are actors Rana Ranbir, Binnu Dhillon, Rana Jung Bahadur, Jaswinder Bhalla and BN Sharma. Says Jimmy, “They are not doing the usual comedy; it is something different and fresh.”

And these are the words that define Neha Dhupia’s excitement about the movie. First time in Punjabi, Neha can dish out an entire book on how she looks forward to the project! “I just boarded the ship when Jimmy discussed the film with me. I know Punjabi, so dialogues were never going to be a problem,” she says in one breath. Carrying her Punjabi attire, done up by Neeta Lulla, Neha is totally in sync with the fact that every region in Punjab has a different accent. “I know it now that people in Amritsar speak different Punjabi as compared to people in Ambala.”

It is great hospitality and working with Punjabi actors that gives her immense satisfaction. “I play the girl- next-door and you have to see how it turns out,” she almost breaks into laughter.

You can’t ask her about the difference in Punjabi cinema and Bollywood because the actress is in love with what she is doing right now – Rangeelay. “The quality of songs is great. We have Mika with his rocking number; the sets are amazing — talented actors, better humour, great director, writer and an actor like Jimmy Sheirgill; what else can one ask for?” she questions. Indeed!

Punjabi Tadka
Like a dream
Jasmine Singh

He wouldn’t ask God for more as the biggest gift for him is music, and Punjabi singer and actor Preet Harpal is getting a chance to live it to the fullest. His song Maa pey kehndey judge bann topped the Punjabi chartbuster, and being played in every discotheque. As an actor, Preet showed versatility in the Punjabi flick Sirrphire, and today he wants to explore more of life and his talent. He gets candid.

Preet Harpal
Blessed: Preet Harpal

An actor or singer

Both. I can’t say which one I enjoy the most. I have been singing for a long time, so obviously I like it. But if you ask me what I am good at, well I guess both. Yes, there are plenty I want to explore as an actor.

Song I love singing

One song that I like to sing invariably is Munda aitki BA vich fail ho gaya.

Good ol’ days

I have done graduation from Gurdaspur. I was an introvert boy and I would just keep to myself. I never thought I could be a successful artist one day.

Stage fright

The first time I got on the stage was when I was in college. I was so scared. I was supposed to sing the famous Punjabi song Jagga, but I started singing Bagga. Everyone had a hearty laugh.

Yours sincerely

The one singer that I have admired always is Kishore Kumar. I always admire good compositions whether it is Tu hi rey or Maa hundi hai maa. I am open to good music, it doesn’t matter if some new or old singer has sung it.

Fan mail

I can’t ignore the love that my fans have given me, both girls and boys. I don’t use Facebook much, I like going on the fan page instead. I interact with all, a simple hi and hello and a general message.

Jam in

I have worked with celebrities like Rishi Rich, Hard Kaur and Apache Indian. Now, I want to collaborate with Britney Spears. It would be a dream come true!

Cast me in

I am working on my next project, Don’t Worry opposite Jaspinder Cheema, I think I will get better with time and with every movie I do.

Before the show

It is simple and basic—a light meal. I have a choice to pick from so many clothes that I generally end up getting confused.

weight watch
Eat to lose
Sachin Kalra

The biggest challenge when it comes to losing weight is controlling your appetite. Fortunately, there are many healthy foods that can curb your appetite naturally. Incorporating these health foods will banish hunger pangs and recharge your metabolism. So, snack on these healthy foods to stay full while eating fewer calories!

Water: Water, a zero calorie drink, is perhaps the best appetite suppressing agent when you are on a plan to lose weight. Drinking water throughout the day deceives the brain into thinking the stomach is full.

Oatmeal: Oatmeal, another fibre-rich food, contains good carbohydrates that burn slowly and thus makes you feel less hungry. The high fibre content also makes you feel fuller faster.

Green tea: Green tea is known for its antioxidant benefits. However, it can also stimulate the release of hormones that can control or limit food cravings while creating a feeling of satiation.

Apple: Apples of all varieties and types help suppress hunger for a number of reasons. Apples are not only low in calories and fat, but are also great appetite-suppressing foods because of the high fiber content.

Dark chocolate: The bittersweet taste of pure dark chocolate helps in suppressing appetite. Some studies indicate that dark chocolate antioxidants can act as an appetite suppressant while helping you lose weight and control blood sugar.

Whey protein: Whey proteins not only help you in building muscles but also aid in weight loss. Research suggests that whey proteins have an impact on the hormones which induce the feeling of fullness.

Coffee: Coffee is a very popular natural appetite suppressant, used by majority of those trying to lose weight.

Flax seeds: Flax seed supports weight loss because it is a natural appetite suppressant and a good source of dietary fiber and omega-3 fatty acids as well.

Almonds: Almonds have been shown to increase feelings of fullness in people and help with weight management. Research has also proposed that almonds may also decrease the absorption of fat into the blood.

Eggs: The high protein level of eggs, combined with their low-fat content, means that eggs are a great choice.

Getting rid of hunger triggers is as much important as curbing hunger itself! Foods which trigger unbearable hunger are usually those which are rich in sugar. Say no to flour, candies, chocolates, processed fruit juices, fizzy drinks, soda, biscuits, etc.

(Kalra is a Chandigarh-based fitness expert)

A delightful wok
Vasudha Gupta

Just as you enter Bella Asia at Bella Vista, a gush of aromatic dips and sauces intoxicate your senses. The jumbo prawn, stuffed with various Chinese delicacies sits on the shelf as Chef Duddi Reny Manohar garnishes it carefully. “We want to introduce Chandigarh to better Chinese like lobsters and salmon,” he says. Bella Vista’s food festival Wok Of Life, a feast from the West, features cuisine from China, Thailand and everything Oriental.

Being a pan-Asian restaurant, the aim is to fill in the lull period before the festive season begins. Hence, the line-up of hargao and money bag, two different types of dimsums. Try out the garnished satay. Chef Reny, “The menu has been divided into dimsums, satays and the main course includes fineries from the grill and wok tossed,” he says. Offering only the authentic recipes for starters and main course, the experiments have been limited only to the satays. “The Indian palette is such that no matter how hard we try, the customer always looks for the spices,” he adds. Refuting the statement that Chandigarh food lovers are experimental, the chef says, “It is only the younger generation, which has travelled abroad, that really understand exotic western dishes.” Taking a different route towards desserts, satisfy the sweet tooth by digging into tab tim grop, an interesting way of presenting water chestnut or just grab hold of the tropical millie feullie lined with tropical fruits and pastries. While meat lovers will have a variety of options, vegetarians too need not fret.

Price: Rs 450 per head

(On till September 30)

star track
For women, by a woman

Model-actress Kelly Brook says she has put in a lot of effort to design garments for her collection for high street retailer New Look. The 32-year-old said she has tried to keep the “real women” in mind while creating the clothes as she wanted the line to be practical, flattering and affordable, reported a website. “I wanted to design for real women with real budgets. Girls should celebrate their curves and feel confidentKelly Brook and sexy.”

“From the peplums to the sculpted bust details, everything is considered. I’ve catered for all body shapes. Even in the fittings I would say, ‘How do I wear lingerie with that?’ I aimed for the ultimate flattering fit,” she said. —PTI

being practical: Kelly Brook

Amitabh Bachchan’s all-time favourites

1 Gone With The Wind: A great novel, epic proportions, exquisite performances especially Vivien Leigh; a grand saga and the finest interpretation from a book to a film I’ve ever seen.

2 Kaagaz Ke Phool: A poignant and incredible theme; most lingering visuals, music, performances and the ethereal Waheedaji. She’s my favourite.

3 Black: This film changed my life. It connected me with feelings that I didn’t even know existed within me. Sanjay Leela Bhansali is an absolute magician on screen.

4 Judgment At Nuremburg: I have always had a fascination for films about the Nazis and the World War II. This was a film on the courtroom trial for the war criminals. I remember it mainly for the excellent and haunting performance of Montgomery Clift in a small cameo.

5 Scarface: The brilliant performance of Al Pacino elevated this gangster epic to the level of a quasi-classic.

6 Godfather I/II/III: A complete classic, I loved all three parts, the growth of the film, its characters, the premise, the naturalness of the presentation and above all, Marlon Brando’s towering performance. The trilogy is so engrossing and everything is perfect about it.

7 Ganga Jamuna: Dilip Kumar Sahib’s greatest performance ever; the setting, story, everything was unusual.

8 Anupama: I just loved the softness and simplicity of the film, its unexaggerated performances. It had a lyrical quality about it. This was a film by one of my favouriteAmitabh Bachchan directors, Hrishikesh Mukherjee.

9 On the Waterfront: Dynamic story, Brando at his best, so real and compelling, like The Godfather, this film created huge stars out of even those who played small and seemingly insignificant roles.

10 Giant: Absolute dynamite, the ultimate story and casting; and that wonder called James Dean. — HRM

Movie buff: Amitabh Bachchan

Bold and daring act

Pakistani starlet Veena Malik poses for a raunchy photo shoot for her upcoming B-grade movie titled, Supermodel. In the movie, Veena Malik is playing a supermodel and the photo shoot shows Veena in an animal prints outfit which is very revealing exposing her secret assets.

Veena MalikSpeaking about the film, Veena said, “When it comes to the concept of Supermodel, then it’s naturally lot of glamour, fashion and such things that come to your mind. Of course, I would say this is the requirement of the character, but when it comes to Supermodel, it is a complete entertaining film with all the essential elements”.

“There are going to be lot of emotions in it. It is a fashion and glamour-related film, but you will also see a lot of emotions in it. So whatever the clothes I am wearing and the kind of look I am sporting, it is a part of the film and was required for the character,” she added.

Veena will be starred opposite her ex beau Ashmit Patel in the movie. Supermodel is being produced by Ravi Ahlawat and directed by Navin Batra. Veena Malik said, “Today I feel like a supermodel. The photo shoot which I have done it reflect the glamorous part of supermodel movie. It’s just a spark to catch the fire. Yes I am the only supermodel.” Veena’s bold photo shoot is a part of the movie promotion.
Role model: Veena Malik

Pooja’s miffed

Despite the fact that there has been no official announcement from the Bhatts, the news about Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin’s remake has been doing rounds for quite someAlia Bhatt time. The latest is Pooja Bhatt’s younger sister Alia, who makes her debut in Karan Johar’s Student Of The Year, is going to play the female lead whereas Ranbir Kapoor will play the hero.

But apparently, none of it is true. Pooja clarified, “Media needs to shoot the ‘source’ that claims I’ll be announcing Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin with Alia and Imran/Ranbir on my father’s birthday on September 20!

Majority of the media is so keen to break a story nobody has the time or inclination to verify that story. Credibility is not a priority.”
Rumour mill: Alia Bhatt

Bollywood on cards?

Hollywood's reining star Brad Pitt missed the opportunity of romancing Indian beauty Aishwarya Rai in "Troy", but with the growing presence of Indian films on the world stage, he says he might just decide to surprise fans by grooving in true Bollywood style any time.

"Indian cinema seems to be growing very well at its own pace. I would love to work in a Bollywood film as there is so much drama and colour in the films there," said Pitt.

"The film-making, I hear, has evolved a lot in India and of late we have witnessed some good films making a presence at the Oscars and the world stage," added the actor. The presence of Indian films and their artists has witnessed a boost in the western world in recent times. International premieres, opportunities for actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Anil Kapoor and Irrfan Khan, as well as A.R.Rahman's Oscar-winning feat for Slumdog Millionaire have drawn international interest in India's cinematic offerings. "That tells you a lot about the quality of the actors and the films. You never know when I might decide to work in a Bollywood film and do one of those dance numbers with the whole crew in the backdrop," quipped Pitt, who shot in the country for 2007 movie A Mighty Heart.

The 48-year-old actor, who has been named among the sexiest men in the world multiple times, is especially fond of former Miss World Aishwarya. He says he is open to working with her. "Given a chance, I would like to work with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan because she's a versatile actor. She has worked brilliantly in films like The Mistress of Spices, The Last Legion, The Pink Panther 2 and Provoked to name a few," said Pitt.

"She is one of the most popular actresses of Bollywood, who has achieved huge acclaim in the west for her style, beauty and acting skills. I think we missed an opportunity to be cast together for the movie Troy," he added.

Aishwarya was reportedly offered to essay the historical part of Briseis, but she turned down the offer by director Wolfgang Petersen. Troy, released in 2007, continues to be one of Pitt's best performances till date. Meanwhile, Pitt has finally decided to enter wedlock with his lady love Angelina Jolie, with whom he makes up the popular 'Brangelina' brand. The couple has six children. Though his wedding date is yet to be fixed, the actor has wished India's 'Saifeena' - Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor - all the best for their D-day next month.

Brad Pitt"To be honest, I really think Saif and Kareena can be called Bollywood's sexiest couple so far. I am glad to know they are getting married soon. I wish them all the success for a happy married life," he said.

Pitt is currently eager for the release of gangster movie Killing Them Softly, set to hit the screens on October 5.

"Killing Them Softly has a political agenda - one that it isn't too keen on hiding. It is an adaptation of a George V. Higgins novel about two low lives who make the unwise decision to rob a mob-funded card game and the hitman tasked with taking them down," he said of the movie. —IANS
Looking eastwards: Brad Pitt

Around the world with Drew Barrymore

Actress Drew Barrymore loves travelling around the world and says she would love to be a travel writer someday.Drew Barrymore

The 37-year-old, who is married to actor Will Kopelman, is expecting her first child with him, reported a website.

"I want to do it all. I love films, but I also love wine, food and travel. I would love to be a travel writer. I'd be so stoked. I think it's nice to do what you really love in life, occupationally and recreationally," she said. The actress also said she is quite fond of kids. "I will be so surprised if they don't want to do something involving food or wine or art, but I'll be okay with it. I just want to build fun, great things for my family," Barrymore added. The actress married Kopelman in June at her Montecito, California estate. — PTI
Travel diaries: Drew Barrymore

Pink wants more kids

Singer Pink says she would love to have another baby but knows now isn't a good time because of her touring commitments.

The 33-year-old is desperate for a sibling for her 15-month-old daughter Willow as she begins a tour in support of her new album The Truth About Love in February 2013, reported a publication.Pink

Pink, who is married to motocross star Carey Hart said, "I mean if I weren't going, getting ready to go on tour, I'd be pregnant. I'm barefoot and pregnant in my garden with an attitude." Although she wants another baby, Pink said that her last pregnancy made her full of rage.

"They were infected with the rage virus and that's what I had. I didn't battle morning sickness, I didn't have cravings. I had rage," she said. — PTI
family planning: Pink

Salman takes a stand for Emraan

Emraan Hashmi, who is riding high on the success of Raaz 3, is the most underrated actor of the present generation, says Bollywood star Salman Khan. Emraan's box office Salman Khan success ratio was recently compared to Salman's, as he has earned a thumbs up with most of his recent films, including Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai, Murder 2, The Dirty Picture, Jannat 2, Shanghai and most recently, Raaz 3. "Emraan Hashmi is the most underrated actor and now he should get his due. He has given hit after hit. He is damn good as an actor. I really like him," Salman said during the music launch of Ishkq In Paris. Salman, who launched the film's music, was at his wittiest and bullied everyone on stage, including actress-producer Preity Zinta, actor Rhehan Malliek and director Prem Raj. Salman shot a special song titled Kudiye di kurti for the film with Preity, and the actress says she was stunned to see his professionalism. "I have worked with Salman Khan in tons of films, but when he came on sets, he asked the choreographer to show the steps. Then he said 'Let's go for a take', and he did it perfectly on the first take itself," she said. "He is super professional.” — IANS
Appreciation club: Salman Khan

chatter box
Staying fit and fab

Actress Neha Desai shares her fitness mantra and eating habits

My workout regime

I go to gym at least five times a week. I have been doing weight training for six years now. Also, I am genetically blessed as I don’t put on weight easily. A 10-minute cardio routine helps me warm-up. I have also played a lot of squash, so I haven't put on unnecessary fat.

Eating habits

My breakfast generally consists of paranthas with curd, a glass of juice or a banana or anjeer milkshake. My lunch includes roti, sabzi and dal. For mid-morning meals, I eat a sandwich or bananas and my post-workout meal is a high-carb, high-fat protein supplement. I eat regular vegetarian Indian dishes for dinner. I like dosa, chaat, Chinese, Mexican, Italian and Continental food. So, I don’t think twice before binging.Neha Desai

Don’t worry, be happy

I believe that you must drink lots of water, fresh fruit and vegetable juices and stay happy in life. Any form of stress shows immediately on your hair, skin and weight. So, don't worry, be happy! And remember that exercise in any form is essential to stay active and fit.
IN SHAPE: Neha Desai

Privacy please!Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian is secretly embarrassed about how much her family shares on TV and is said to be planning to take a back seat from their reality shows. The 31-year-old is having second thoughts about how much of her life is laid bare on Keeping Up With the Kardashians since her relationship with rapper Kanye West is getting serious. "Kim has secretly been getting embarrassed about how much her family share and there's no way Kanye would allow the intimate moments of their relationship to be filmed. He thinks some things should be kept private," a source said. Kim married basketball player Kris Humphries in a lavish televised ceremony last year, The union failed after just 72 days. — PTI

gimme space: Kim Kardashian

TV can waitEva Longoria

Actress Eva Longoria, who is known for her role in Desperate Housewives, is currently enjoying her break from television. "What I probably miss most about the show is the routine and the work. But I think I am busier now that the show is over,” she said. She played Gabrielle Solis on the show. — IANS

break free: Eva Longoria

No Bigg Boss for Kushal

The Bigg Boss fever is back. The Colors’ show anchored by Salman Khan is all set to take you on another voyeuristic journey.

“Yes, I was offered Bigg Boss but I chose not to do it. I am very happy with my current show (Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hai) and I don’t think getting into Bigg Boss will help to take my career forward,” said Kushal.

New Release

Producer: Madhur Bhandarkar, Ronnie Screwvala, Siddharth Roy Kapur
Director: Madhur Bhandarkar

The stage is set for a Madhur Bhandarkar’s keenly-awaited film Heroine in which Bollywood’s most versatile actress Kareena Kapoor plays the lead role. She stepped into the role because Aishwarya Rai Bachchan pulled out of the film. The glamour game starts today at theaters all over India. The film that chronicles the rise and fall of a superstar. In Heroine the spotlight follows her, the camera loves her, the paparazzi could not get enough of her.

Heroine has Randeep Hooda, Arjun Rampal, Kanika Dhillon, Shahana Goswami in the lead roles. Other supporting actors are Ranveer Shorey, Helen, Shilpi Sharma, Divya Dutta, Mugdha Godse and Govind Namdeo. The buzz is that Heroine is inspired from the lives of many Bollywood actresses. — Dharam Pal

Astro turf
P Khurrana

ARIES: You start the day in a philosophical mood. Do not jump to conclusions in haste. Not a good day for forming partnerships. Ventures may fail when associates withdraw support. Savings may get used up. Tarot message: Learn to accept responsibility for yourself and others. Lucky colour: Mauve. Magic number: 25

TAURUS: Kids keep you busy. A few people could be making waves today. Marital difficulties can be eased through a mutual friend who might be able to put the issue into perspective for both of you. Tarot message: Your determination to succeed will pay dividends. Lucky colour: Saffron. Magic number: 44

GEMINI: Do what you can to improve your relationship with your spouse. It’s a sensitive day for joint financial ventures. A personal project may have to be put aside for the sake of a social commitment. Tarot message: Use your instinct to get into the top circle of power. Lucky colour: Peach. Magic number: 30

CANCER: Money problems will continue to trouble. Keep calm even if people around you are losing their heads. A spiritual approach to the day will suit you best. Rethink tactics and strategies. Tarot message: Do not divest assets or transact in uncertain matters. Lucky colour: Orange. Magic number: 47

LEO: Start making the changes you keep talking about - a new diet plan, an exercise regimen etc. An unsatisfactory relationship can come to an end bringing all the heartache of separating the property and perhaps the kids. Tarot message: Emphasise on spiritual needs. Lucky colour: Yellow. Magic number: 51

VIRGO: People are likely to be drawn to you now, so dress to impress. Go shopping for new clothes to accentuate your look. You may clash with a partner or friend over a difference of opinion. Tarot message: You gain by being practical; don’t be emotional. Lucky colour: Black. Magic number: 63

LIBRA: Your ambitions can be realised if you use your connections. A romance might have reached the stage of moving-in together, merging your assets and discussing marriage. Be practical. Tarot message: You will be happier if you retain the fruits of your hardwork. Lucky colour: Metallic-grey. Magic number: 52

SCORPIO: Keep a clear mind, as you are likely to face some problem. If you get confused, nothing will work. You are in danger of blowing your budget if you don’t practice restraint. Tarot message: Don’t waste an opportunity by not exploiting a contact. Lucky colour: Red. Magic number: 50

SAGITTARIUS: Give attention to little jobs today. Taxation matters will be adjourned. Check all information regarding legal matters. Do whatever you must to relax the mind. Do not speculate. Tarot message: Consolidate your gains. Lucky colour: Brown. Magic number: 56

CAPRICORN: Gossip will bring you down and you might hear something you would rather not know. Your creative juices are flowing. Your popularity is on the rise and a leadership position could be offered to you. Tarot message: Remain frank and truthful. Lucky colour: Crimson. Magic number: 33

AQUARIUS: Unstable influences suggest uncertainty. Be compassionate and try not to judge harshly. Take a moment to be grateful for those small things that make everyday life so rewarding. Tarot message: Avoid frictions with business partners. Lucky colour: Pink. Magic number: 41

PISCES: Any change made at work or in your job brings favourable results. Domestic wrangles are sorted out. Powerful emotions can ruffle peace. You should focus on your home and family. Tarot message: Your own aims, ideas and opinion matter a lot. Lucky colour: Peach. Magic number: 30

The year ahead
Madan Gupta Spatu

If your birthday is September 21...

Difficulties at home or with parents may arise, try to solve things amicably. With communicative Mercury working for you, it's easier to lay everything out on the table and work for a compromise. Don't give up, even if something is worrying you. Make the most of this circumstance and transform every difficulty into a stimulus so that you can go ahead. This birthday is good for you to implement new plans or schemes. Some of you are likely to purchase a piece of land to construct your own office in the near future. Others might start construction work on the land that has been acquired. The stars will support you in finalizing deals forged some time ago as well as new deals.

Those born after 1980 will be extremely busy. Family issues and demands take centerstage with low cooperation, high spending and some health issues causing minor set-backs. Strong emotions can drive you to take risks. Holding on too tightly to possessions will lead to a loss. Mood: Frustrated when encountering 'poor cooperation'. Compatible signs: Leo, Capricorn. Lucky colours: Sea-green, Maroon. Lucky days:  Monday and Tuesday. Lucky numbers: 9, 12, 19, 25, 90.

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