Festive fervour is back
If you have survived the Saptami weekend, probably you know what is in store in the coming days… illuminated markets full of buyers, traffic chaos at every popular spot and errands to run — enough to throw our already chock-a-block life out of gear. Well, there still is time… we garner some helpful hints to help you navigate your way through the festival craziness.
First things first
De-clutter; not only homes, even lives! Diwali is much about a neat and clean home. They say Goddess Lakshmi comes to a beautiful, illuminated home; please throw away the dresses if you haven't fitted in them for the last three years! But chances are you won't and even if you manage to accomplish this feat, there is a market full of new clothes you want to flaunt on your svelte figure. De-clutter your office desk, files, cupboards and more…trust us you will breathe easy.

Model talk
She simply dodges the question about the Bollywood movie that she will make her debut with. Despite our insistence, Akshita Agnihotri is in no mood to divulge any information. "I am bound by a contract, which doesn't allow me to reveal about the project." That's not the only reason behind changing the topic everytime it is brought up. "Publicity can wait; I am not hungry for it. If the work will be worth it, it will get its due," says the former Kingfisher Calendar finalist, who launched the Femina Plus Salon in Panchkula on Tuesday. The only facts that come from her at the end of all the persuasion is, "It's a big banner film, with a popular director."

Picture perfect: Akshita Agnihotri

Face the fact
Picture this; every morning the first thing — adjust the camera, slip into the best dress; just about right touch of pan-cake or maybe a different kind of shave….click, click, click. Then the tedious task of sifting through the pictures; finally, the best one is selected and finds a place on Facebook (FB) as the profile picture! Virtual vanity — what else can that be.

Booked to change
Scholarship as meagre as Rs 25 per month or the budget allocations worth thousand crores only reflect the ironies of policy and the divide between rich and the poor. For author, Rajiv Ranjan Roy, provocations for handling the subject were as intense as the subject he was handling in Critical Appraisal: An insight into India's Exclusive Growth. "The book is a must read for the students of all streams, policy-makers, research scholars and those who wish to become a party to the country's evolution as a mature and successful democracy."

Par Excellenc
Short game
To hit varied distances, we have to have different speeds of the club head at impact. This could be done by having a constant acceleration and vary the length of the back swing or increase or decrease the rate of acceleration. The latter is not a consistent or easy way to do this. It is easier to maintain the same tempo and vary the length of the backswing which gives the club more time to pick up speed. The longer the backswing, the higher the club head speed and therefore the ball would fly a greater distance.

Celeb point
This bond will go on…
This news shocks! To the extent of making me numb! Some people are meant to live forever. Yash Chopra was most certainly one of those, who is immortalised by his work and his persona. I would never think Yash Chopra is no more. It just doesn’t make sense. He was the person, who when you looked around, was always there. As an inspiration, as a support, as an ever-smiling sweet personality, his reassuring presence brought strength and smiles to many, me being one of those!

HEART talk
Follow your dream
I am a 38-year-old married woman with two kids. I want to join the entertainment industry, as I have talent and looks. But my family thinks it is a weird idea, considering my age and marital status. What should I do?

it’s happening
Life’s like that
Each picture provokes a thought, while each couplet accompanying the picture, sums up the thought. If every frame of The Streetside Brew, a photography exhibition by Sanjay Kumbkarni, is to be believed, there’s a lot brewing on the streets. From the protection seeking clutch of a child to the beauty of a stranger’s smile. The 13th solo exhibition comprising 46 photographs largely touches life. Shares Kumbkarni, “My last two shows were on nature. But a lot of pictures on the subject life, kept accumulating.

                                       Right click: Sanjay Kumbkarni

Full of beans
They say first impression is the last one. But then each to his own. A place like Shivalik View has challenged the saying every once a while. What used to be a little less colourful place, now wears different shades from the palette.

chatter box
Musical epic

Meet the Sita
Work before health
Kashif’s Bigg lost opportunity

Star track
Behind the lens
No more action for Steven Spielberg
Lucky in love again
Why remember Yash Chopra?
Festive time
Sweet tooth
The show must go on
Absent mark
Hrithik to be a stripper?


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